Accreditation is a process undertaken by schools who wish to prove their excellence by external standards and increase consumer confidence in their educational product. The process is controlled by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency), the organization that regulates the private post-secondary education sector in British Columbia. Successful completion of the accreditation process confirms a school’s performance in a number of areas including program outcomes, instructional staff and student satisfaction rates. When searching through the list of BCCCA member schools, look for the PCTIA symbol that indicates that a school is accredited.

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A registered institution has made an application to operate a private training institution in BC, has had the application successfully approved, has paid the necessary start-up fees, and may have had a site visit prior to its opening. Each year a registered institution re-confirms its program offerings and institutional details on paper with the Agency.

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