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  • October 24, 2022 3:01 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Position:                   Administrator (remote)
    Closing Date:          November 11, 2022 
    Hours:                      10 – 15 hours per month
    Pay:                           $30 per hour on contract
    Contact:                   Please send resume and cover letter to

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    Job Description

    The British Columbia Prior Learning Action Network (BCPLAN) was established in 2012 as a not-for-profit society to promote increased use of the concept and methods of recognizing, assessing, and respecting prior learning. BCPLAN promotes quality assured assessment and recognition of adults’ knowledge, skills, and competencies either through formal education or non-formal means such as self-directed, experiential and workplace learning. The membership consists of prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) practitioners and leaders from various organizations, including immigrant and employment support services, regulatory authorities, colleges, and universities. 

    As a small, voluntary member organization, BCPLAN needs an administrator to assist the board of directors in its work to become a sustainable organization, increase partnerships with other organizations, increase communication and understanding of PLAR in BC, and advocate to the government on behalf of the sector. 

    Contract Terms

    The contract will be for one year with the option to renew. 

    The estimated time investment for this position is ten to twenty hours per month. Workload will vary, and work hours can be undertaken at the contractor’s discretion. 

    The contractor will be compensated a $30 per hour rate for a maximum of 200 hours for the year. The contractor will work primarily with the BCPLAN Board of Directors, and the board chair will supervise his/her work. 

    The anticipated contract start date is ASAP. The individual selected for this contract will be required to work from their home office or similar facility equipped with a computer, printer, scanner, and internet services at their expense. This is a remote position with the possibility of attending one in-person event a year in the Lower Mainland of BC.

    Minimum Competency Requirements 

    The contracted person will be fluent in English and proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The contractor will need to use e-mail (Mail Chimp), web browsers, web-based survey tools, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), video-conferencing software (Zoom, Teams) and member database applications. Website content management requires competency in using Wild Apricot to edit and manage website content. The contractor will need to be a well-organized, self-directed individual capable of getting the job done with little supervision. 

    Podcast production and audio engineering is an asset. 

    Position Summary:

    Support Board of Directors in the development and implementation of communication, advocacy, sustainability, and partnership strategies on a provincial level. 

    Collaborate to design and execute project management, customer service, innovation, and technical initiatives to develop and grow membership and the organization's reach.

    Specific Tasks (in random order) 

    1. Maintain BCPLAN membership on the website. On-board new members, including support in setting up accounts on Wild Apricot and troubleshooting issues as applicable. 
    2. Prepare a framework for membership communications.
    3. Prepare and execute quarterly newsletters in MailChimp. Export recent contact lists from Wild Apricot to MailChimp before sending each newsletter.
    4. Send e-mail notices for membership renewal.
    5. Post information to the website by using Wild Apricot. 
    6. Assist with events, including venue arrangements, catering, publicity, communicating with speakers and participants, name tags, information packages, and other event management-related activities; maintain annual events calendar.
    7. Procure office and event-related supplies as needed.
    8. Help prepare grant applications for projects that promote PLAR 
    9. Attend Board of Directors bi-monthly and committee monthly meetings. Take, distribute, and post minutes, coordinate meeting logistics by finding and scheduling times/dates via Doodle Poll and Google calendar.
    10. Be receptive to helping with other tasks as they emerge.
  • May 18, 2022 1:29 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    In this episode we have been joined by Mackenzie Bartlett, RPL Coordinator, and Patrick Reinartz, RPL Coordinator, of New Brunswick Community College.

    The episode has lots of great tools and resources to take PLAR programs to the next level, improve PLAR service delivery levels, and many more!

    Listen to the episode on! 

  • May 03, 2022 1:17 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)
    In this industry update we have been joined by Chi Cejalvo, RD, a Deputy Director, Registration, of the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

    Join us as we learn about how the association utilizes PLAR to assess credentials of internationally-trained applicants and graduates of non-accredited programs for forestry professionals in BC. 

    Listen to the industry update. 

  • March 03, 2022 1:04 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Check out our latest industry update with Fraser Cocks, a former Executive Director of the BC Association for Crane Safety. 

  • February 23, 2022 1:11 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Wondering what the BC PLAR industry has been up to for the past quarter? Looking for some professional development events in PLAR? Or simply would like to network with fellow PLAR practitioners? 

    To find answers to the above questions and more check out our Winter 2022 newsletter!

  • February 23, 2022 1:01 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Fellow PLAR Practitioners,

    Welcome to 2022! We hope you had an opportunity for a holiday filled with rest, relaxation and time with your loved ones.

    Since the last newsletter, BCPLAN has continued advocating for PLAR and building new partnerships in BC. We concluded 2021 with a PLAR Mingle which was a great success and a networking opportunity for PLAR practitioners joining us from around the province, Canada, and even international practitioners! We are looking forward to the next PLAR Mingle at the end of 2022, and until then, we have some great updates to share with you.

    It is worth noting, we have joined Learning Agents Inc. and DP+A Associates to conduct research on options for PLAR and micro-credentials in BC as part of a research project for BCcampus. The project completion date is scheduled for March 31, 2022. Watch for an update in our next newsletter. In addition, as part of this research we were able to update most of the information in PLAR Options, Processes and Credit Allowances in BC, a research project conducted for BCCAT in 2019. 

    The PLAR Podcast continues its steady growth! The second episode was just released, featuring an interview with Justine Arsenault, Program Planning Analyst with BCIT’s SITE Centre, on military PLAR. We have also welcomed Natalie Deveaux, Assessment Services Coordinator at North Island College in Courtenay, as a co-host of the podcast. Please listen to the second episode on our website or follow the podcast on Apple or Google podcasts. 

    We are also happy to share that we have welcomed new members to the Sustainability & Partnerships and Communications & Advocacy committees. In addition, while BCPLAN membership has a strong representation from major BC post-secondary institutions, we saw an opportunity for growth by increasing the representation from industry associations. The Sustainability & Partnerships committee is set to build strategies to develop such partnerships in 2022. 

    Professional Development wise, we are developing two sessions for February-March, and will be excited share more details once the registration is open! Please stay tuned for membership communications from

    Last but not least, please visit the PLAR Navigator Portfolios page for new career profiles for occupations in BC recently added to the website.  

    On this note, I would like to conclude this report with a feeling of gratitude and appreciation of all the efforts by our members, BCPLAN Board of Directors and the two committees – Sustainability & Partnerships and Communications & Advocacy, to continuously support and advocate for PLAR in BC. 

    Best regards,
    Susan Forseille

  • February 17, 2022 1:06 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Episode 2 - Military PLAR at British Columbia Institute of Technology with Justine Arsenault

    In this episode we have been joined by Justine Arsenault, a Program Planning Analyst with British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) SITE Centre, to talk about Military PLAR at BCIT. 

    In addition, we have also welcomed Natalie Deveaux, Assessment Services Coordinator at North Island College in Courtney, BC, as a co-host of the podcast! 

    Listen to the episode on

  • December 22, 2021 2:08 PM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    On behalf of BC Prior Learning Action Network, we are wishing you a very happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year! #PLAR #RPL #Holidays

  • November 15, 2021 10:30 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Quarterly Report from the Chair

    Greetings our dear members,

    It is always a great pleasure to provide an update on recent developments at BCPLAN and the advocacy work that the Action Network is conducting to further solidify and promote PLAR in British Columbia.

    To begin with, we opened the Fall season with a webinar on tools and strategies in the assessment of prior learning. The webinar had a total of 47 registrants. Moreover, we had an 80% attendance and an 88% participant retention rates throughout the webinar, adding another success to BCPLAN’s track record.

    With the rapid re-entry of micro-credentials in the education market in the province, we have also contracted a consultant to develop a white paper to be used for various audiences when applying for funding, focusing on the weaving of micro-credentials and PLAR. More details to come in the near future.

    As always, I am excited to share some updates on the exceptional work BCPLAN members have been working on this past quarter:

    Sustainability and Partnerships

    • The committee has been conducting activities to engage new members to sustain growth and support of PLAR as a profession.
    • We have reached out to diverse stakeholders to present at upcoming webinars and professional development events at BCPLAN. Please visit to stay up-to-date with the upcoming events.
    • Due to recent growth over the past few years, BCPLAN is conducting a Strategic Planning Meeting to assess progress made and set goals for advocacy and growth of PLAR in BC.
    • One of the center pieces of current projects is the development of Indigenous PLAR initiative with a focus on decolonizing PLAR. Stay tuned for more details.

    Communications and Advocacy

    • Organized a series of webinars in October and November. More events are being finalized and will be published on the website soon.
    • BCPLAN continues with its advocacy for PLAR and works with adult learners to share their PLAR success stories as a way to demonstrate tangible benefits of this field.
    • We are excited to officially launch our podcast series – BCPLAN PLAR Podcast – where we will further delve into prior learning assessment and recognition. Please visit to listen to the first episode.

    I would like to conclude this report by thanking BCPLAN Board of Directors, our committees, and especially you, our members, for your continued support of the Action Network. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions regarding the work BCPLAN does.

    Warm regards,

    Susan Forseille

  • November 15, 2021 8:17 AM | BCPLAN (Administrator)

    Looking for the latest updates on PLAR in BC? Check out the Fall 2021 newsletter! The newsletter has a new section with a short update from industry leaders in prior learning assessment and recognition!

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