Quality Standards

All certified private training institutions in B.C. must meet established quality standards in areas including:

  • Programs: the number of hours of instruction, number of students enrolled, order of courses, teaching method, equipment and facilities must enable students to meet the program’s learning objectives
  • Instructors and staff: instructors of academic courses must have a relevant post-secondary degree in the subject area
  • Enrolment contracts: contracts for approved programs must include a full accounting of all tuition and fees payable over the term of the contract, including application fees, administrative fees and fees for course materials
  • Fees and tuition: certified institutions may not charge more than $250 for a domestic student application fee or $1,000 for an international student application fee
  • Work experience: work experience placements must be one of four types:  clinical placement, cooperative placement, preceptorship or practicum
  • Student withdrawal and dismissal: students must be provided with a written copy of the institution’s dismissal policy before the program’s start date
  • Student dispute resolution: if you make a complaint to the institution, it must provide you with a written decision within 45 days

Designated and interim designated institutions must meet additional quality standards, including establishing Program Advisory Committees to ensure Class A programs reflect current practice in the relevant career occupation. These standards also require that designated and interim designated institutions make one or more of their staff responsible for ensuring students have access to information about:

  • The student enrolment contract
  • Outlines each approved program of instruction
  • Housing and transportation services
  • Medical insurance, the Pharmacare program and similar government health care programs for students
  • Child care services available to students
  • Community and cultural services available to students, such as family support, addiction treatment and services for immigrants
  • Available academic support, such as tutoring services, literacy support and library services
  • Employment resources for students, including resources in relation to preparing a resume