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.
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 came 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.
A number of resources are available in the resources box on the right hand side of this page.
PTIB hosted virtual information sessions to review the amendments and new requirements. The BC Career Colleges Association and Languages Canada also hosted sessions for their members.
PTIB hosted two virtual sessions on May 19, BCCCA hosted a session for members on May 26, and LC hosted a session for members on May 12.