The Private Training Regulation and the Fees and Student Tuition Protection Fund Regulation have been amended by Order in Council. The majority of these changes come into force on September 1, 2021.
The changes were initiated and approved to strengthen student protection, streamline administrative processes, and continue to improve public confidence in the private career training sector.
Key changes include creating a statement of student bill of rights; mandated site inspections prior to certification; and requiring all institutions have a sexual misconduct policy.
The amendments are, in part, responsive to the BC’s Ombudsperson’s 2015 In the Public Interest: Protecting Students Through Effective Oversight of Private Career Training Institutions report which made recommendations to increase students’ protection.
A number of resources, including a version of the Private Training Act Policy Manual annotated with the regulatory amendments, are available in the resources box on the right hand side of this page.
PTIB will be hosting virtual information sessions to review the amendments and new requirements. The content of the sessions will be the same. Institutions only need to sign up for one. Note that the BC Career Colleges Association and Languages Canada are hosting sessions for their members. These sessions are the same as the ones hosted by PTIB. If you are a BCCCA or a Languages Canada member, please attend your member organization session instead of signing up for one of the PTIB-hosted sessions.
PTIB-hosted sessions are offered on the following dates:
- May 19, 2021 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)
- May 19, 2021 (1:00 – 3:00 PM)
BCCCA or LC-hosted sessions are offered on the following dates
- May 12, 2021 (1:00 – 3:00 PM) – Languages Canada hosted session for members
- May 26, 2021 (12:30 – 2:00 PM) – BCCCA hosted session for members
To register for a PTIB-hosted session, email Michelle Ramos at email@example.com. Include your first choice and an alternate session date. Participation is being limited to 75 institutions per session and confirmations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please try to limit institution participants to a maximum of two per institution when confirming, and provide email contacts. All meetings will be held via Microsoft Teams. Please ensure you download and test any new software you may require as our ability to provide technical support during meetings of this size will be very limited. There is no ability to dial into meetings.
Note: For the sessions held by BCCCA or LC, please reach out to the respective association directly for confirmation of your participation.
To help us answer all of your questions at those sessions, please send your questions in advance to: PTI.RegChanges2021@gov.bc.ca. Given the size of the sessions, we will limit participants’ ability to ask questions during the presentations. If you send a question in advance, we will try to answer it at the meeting.