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May 28, 2014

B.C. plans closer regulation of private career training sector

Province seeks public input as it prepares legislation, supporting regulations
    
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British Columbia is looking for input from the public as it prepares legislation and supporting regulations to regulate the private career training sector in the province.

Earlier this year, the province announced it would directly regulate the private career training sector, and its plans to dissolve the Private Career Training Institution Agency and transfer its functions to the Ministry of Advanced Education.

The province said a two-phased consultation process is underway. The first phase is seeking input from students and sector representatives on legislation — which could be introduced as early as this fall. Two days of in-person consultations have taken place in Vancouver with sector representatives. A second phase, expected in the fall, will focus on the development of regulations with respect to fees, education standards and other process issues, the province said.

"The private career training sector is an important and vital part of British Columbia's post-secondary system," the government said in a press release. "It provides training over a broad range of important skills for British Columbians, as well as attracting international students to the province. Given its critical role, it is important that regulation of the private career training sector promotes and upholds high standards for students from Canada and from abroad."

The province is accepting written submissions until Friday, June 20. Forms are available at www.aved.gov.bc.ca/privatecareertraining/pctia-phase-one.htm. Completed forms can be sent to AVED.GeneralInquiries@gov.bc.ca or mailed to:

Ministry of Advanced Education
Sector Strategy & Quality Assurance – Core Review
PO Box 9157 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC V8W 9H2

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