Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA)

Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA)

June 07, 2013 19:32 ET

Regulator Announces Closure of the Vancouver Institute of Professional Management

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 7, 2013) - The Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) has announced that the Vancouver Institute of Professional Management (VIPM) has been closed, effective today. VIPM failed to meet basic education standards, including standards related to its student contracts and the delivery of co-op education work components of its programs.

"The decision to close the Vancouver Institute of Professional Management has been made to protect the students of the institution and the reputation and quality of all registered private career training institutions operating in BC," states Karin Kirkpatrick, Registrar and CEO of PCTIA.

A student information session will be held on Monday June 10, 3pm-4pm at the PCTIA office:

203 - 1155 West Pender St
Vancouver, BC, V6E 2P4

PCTIA oversees the Student Training Completion Fund (STCF) which, in the case of an institution closure, protects unearned student tuition. The Fund may either cover the costs of another institution to 'train out' the student in a similar program, or provide a refund to the student.

"The students are our priority and we will do everything we can to assist them," continues Kirkpatrick. "This closure will affect approximately 24 students currently enrolled in VIPM's Post Diploma in Business Management and Post Diploma in Health and Social Care Management. We will work closely with other institutions to transition the students who wish to continue their studies to similar programs with as little interruption to their education as possible."

PCTIA, the regulatory agency for private career training institutions in BC, is a Crown Corporation under the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. Private career training institutions with tuition of $1000 or more and over 40 hours of course time are required, by legislation, to be registered. Institutions pay a percentage of tuition charged into the Student Completion Training Fund as insurance for students.

There are more than 320 regulated private career training institutions operating in British Columbia. The registration status of every institution is a matter of public record and can be found on the PCTIA website.

PCTIA is a BC Provincial Crown Corporation under the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology. Our Mission: To support quality education in British Columbia's private post-secondary career training sector through regulating standards and providing protection to students. For more information visit: www.pctia.bc.ca

Contact Information

  • Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)
    Media enquiries:
    Nadia Stefyn
    Communications Co-ordinator
    (778) 945-5092
    communications@pctia.bc.ca