Private Training Institutions Branch

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NOTICES

Subject Matter Experts Required for Specific Program Areas

The Private Training Institutions Branch requires subject matter experts (SMEs) to act as inspectors to determine whether an institution is complying with the Private Training Act and associated regulations. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is currently posted at https://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca/open.dll/welcome and can be found by browsing opportunities by organization and selecting the “Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.” PTIB is in need of SMEs in specific program areas; see Appendix B of the RFQ for the current list of required program areas.

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program – Private Training Students Not Eligible

Graduates of private training institutions are not eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). Only international students who have graduated from programs of 8+ months at public post-secondary institutions or degree programs at authorized private institutions are eligible to apply for a PGWP. Some graduates of commercial flight training programs are also eligible to apply. Issuing Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) for international students is the responsibility of the federal Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). For more information about the PGWPP eligibility requirements, visit the IRCC website. If you believe you were misled by an institution regarding your eligibility for the PGWPP, please contact PTIB at (778) 945-0605 or via email at pti.studentsupport@gov.bc.ca.

Loxx Academy of Hair Design

The registrar has refused to issue a designation certificate to Loxx Academy of Hair Design Inc.  The institution did not meet the requirements to issue a certificate.

Effective August 22, 2019, the institution no longer holds a certificate and is prohibited from offering to provide, entering into a contract with a student to provide or providing any career training programs. A career training program is a career-related program for which tuition is equal to or greater than $4,000 and the instructional time is equal to or greater than 40 hours.

Students enrolled at the institution may be entitled to a tuition refund.   For more information, please contact PTIB at (778) 945-0605 or via email at pti.studentsupport@gov.bc.ca.

Okanagan Cosmetology Institute

The Okanagan Cosmetology Institute (“OCI”), located at 358 Main St. in Penticton, has surrendered its designation certificate. It closed its operations on August 3, 2019. Students enrolled at the institution may be entitled to a tuition refund. For more information, please contact PTIB at (778) 945-0605 or via email at pti.studentsupport@gov.bc.ca.

Imperial Hotel Management College

The registrar has refused to issue a designation certificate to Imperial Hotel Management College.  The institution did not  meet the requirements to issue a certificate.

Effective April 30, 2019, the institution no longer holds a certificate and is prohibited from offering to provide, entering into a contract with a student to provide or providing any career training programs. A career training program is a career-related program for which tuition is equal to or greater than $4,000 and the instructional time is equal to or greater than 40 hours.

Students enrolled at the institution may be entitled to a tuition refund.   For more information, please contact PTIB at (778) 945-0605 or via email at pti.studentsupport@gov.bc.ca.

Fraser Valley Community College and Sunanda Kikla

The registration certificate of Fraser Valley Community College (FVCC) was cancelled on October 26, 2015. The former owner, Sunanda  Kikla, and FVCC have commenced several proceedings challenging, amongst other things, the cancellation. The BC Supreme Court determined that Ms.Kikla abused the court’s processes and declared Ms.Kikla a vexatious litigant.
 
For more information, review the full notice.