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On February 11th, the British Columbia Provincial Government announced the introduction of Bill 7, the Private Training Act. The bill was designed to strengthen education quality, streamline administrative processes, and improve public confidence in the private career training sector domestically and internationally.
The Private Training Act will replace the Private Career Training Institutions Act. As a result, the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) will be dissolved, and its authorities and functions transferred to the Ministry of Advanced Education.
The goal of the Private Training Act is to create higher quality standards for the sector and broader enforcement mechanisms to better protect students. It will also introduce a risk-based approach that protects the public interest while reducing the regulatory requirements for private institutions offering high quality programs and with a history of strong compliance.
Changes to the private career training sector are a result of a Core Review decision announced in April 2014 to alter governance and regulation of the sector. Consultations were conducted with private training institutions, sector representatives and other stakeholders about the proposed changes, which will affect more than 350 private post-secondary and career training institutions and programs.
Approximately 69,000 B.C. students attend private training institutions each year.
Read the full press release here.