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  • April 17, 2018 11:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Click here for more details.

    Candidates should submit their Letter of Interest to cjoyner@bcplan.ca no later than September 5, 2018


  • November 16, 2016 12:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The PLIRC Document Database is an initiative of the Prior Learning International Research Centre (PLIRC) at Thompson Rivers University. Intended for scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers, the database provides a free, full-text resource of research-related documents in the area of prior learning assessment and recognition.

    The database was made possible by the donation of basic software from Observal, a database recently established by EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network) to the Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning who in turn contributed the software to PLIRC. On-going support for the database comes from the community of researchers around the world, with financial support from Thompson Rivers University.


  • August 10, 2016 9:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    PLA resources allows students to earn credit toward a course or program offered by a post-secondary institution if they can demonstrate, through a systematic and valid assessment process, that the learning is equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through conventional study at the post-secondary level.

  • February 15, 2016 10:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Recognition of prior learning is an educational response to the need to widen
    participation in education and training for economic advancement and social inclusion. See recent scholarly articles in Google Scholar.

  • February 09, 2016 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Join the Conference Board of Canada on February 19, 2016 at 02:00 PM EST for this 60 minute webinar as they evaluate the state of Canadian learning recognition since the publication of the first Brain Gain study in 2001.

    Based on the recently released study: Brain Gain 2015: The State of Canada’s Learning Recognition System, this session will explore how the country has adapted to our increasingly mobile workforce, and the consequences of not getting it right.

    Canada has long been a country of mobile people. Among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, Canada’s total immigration numbers trail only the United States and France; and relative to the size of its population, only Australia and Luxembourg. In 2011, immigrants represented 20.6 per cent of Canada’s population, the highest proportion among the G8 countries. In a typical year, Canada welcomes over 250,000 immigrants as permanent residents. Over a five-year period, almost 1 million Canadians move between provinces, often to pursue employment or education opportunities.

    However, even with one of the most mobile workforces in the world in terms of international and interprovincial migration, Canada’s learning recognition system continues to be organized along provincial lines. In 2001, The Conference Board of Canada published Brain Gain: The Economic Benefits of Recognizing Learning and Learning Credentials in Canada. The study was the first to collect original data (via a household survey) from Canadians who had experienced challenges with learning recognition. At the time, we calculated that Canada would stand to gain between $4.1 and $5.9 billion through improved learning recognition.


  • January 22, 2016 9:30 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Learn more about CAPLA’S fourth and final webinar in the 2014-2016 series on quality assurance for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) and its implications for practice.

    Now that the RPL QA MANUAL is complete, we want to showcase its contents, share ideas and discuss recommendations, to ensure all users have confidence in RPL processes.  

    This special session will provide:

    1. Observations on the importance of recognizing prior learning in Canada and the urgency to ensure that quality systems are in place to foster the development of the RPL process 
    2. Illustrations on how the Manual can serve as a catalyst for organizational effectiveness and public policy direction to meet the needs of Canadians and newcomers
    3. An overview of the Manual with special attention on its effectiveness for auditing, developing or improving existing human resource and RPL systems
    4. Examples of how RPL is being successfully integrated into organizations and institutions to support and promote the development of individuals within the workforce

    WhenThursday, January 28, 2016 at 12:00 noon (Eastern Standard Time)

    PresentersSusan Simosko, Susan Simosko Associates; Philip Mondor, President, Tourism HR Canada

    Length60 minutes

    FeeThe webinar is FREE but you are required to register HERE.

    For more information contact the Webinar Secretariat at capla@agendamanagers.com or call 1-877-731-1333.

    Please download your free copy of the Introduction to the MANUAL by clicking HERE, so you can review some of the MANUAL’s resources. You can also purchase a digital or print copy of the entire publication for as little as $50 by clicking HERE.

    This webinar will be conducted in English.

  • September 23, 2014 3:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    The Pan Pacific’s Executive Chef, Daryle Nagata works as an assessor with the Multiple Assessment Pathways (MAP) project.

    daryle-226x300“In the restaurant industry, working under the old system of standardized written assessments, we had known for some time that the certification system wasn’t fully meeting the needs of the industry.” It’s true. Prior to the introduction of ITA’s MAP system, chefs were expected to pass traditional, one-dimensional tests in order to attain certification. “But how do you judge taste on a written exam?” Daryle asks. “So when a chef presented their certification with their resume, it was a start, but we still had a lot of work to do to determine if the chef met industry standards.”

    “Of course, we still do our homework, you always have to when you hire someone, but knowing that a chef has been certified using Multiple Assessment Pathways, makes it a lot easier. We know that the chef’s skills have been evaluated in person by a trained assessor, and that’s worth a lot more than passing a written exam.

    The program does not allow Daryle to assess members of his own team who are looking to further their certification, so he finds himself mentoring any of his team members with aspirations. “We want everyone to succeed and this program allows me to be a part of their success. It inspires people.”

    “I’m so impressed by the work that’s been done to implement this system. Since it’s a much more authentic way to assess chefs, and much more useful as a tool for our industry, there has been tremendous buy-in from all of the stakeholders.”


  • September 23, 2014 3:00 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    Premier Christy Clark laid out her plan for jobs in BC with her 2012 report “Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan.” In it, the government announces several items of interest to BCPLAN.

    First, $15 million will be provided annually from the Labour Market Agreement to create regional workforce tables consisting of employers, labour, industries, communities, local chambers of commerce, and post-secondary institutions.

    “Their input will inform how the Province delivers regionally based skills development programs, including $15 million to further support regional post-secondary institutions in addressing local labour needs.”

    Second, $6 million will be provided annually to industry sector partnerships.

    “[This will] help them identify their skill and workforce needs, with additional funding for upgrading skills so workers can benefit from these opportunities.”

    Third, a plan to host a trades training conference this year.

    “…bringing all partners together to identify ways to enhance the province’s trades training programs.”

    In addition, the government plans further actions in the coming months aimed at “improving access to skills and apprenticeship training,” as well as, “exploring the potential for a single body to oversee formal credential assessments for foreign-trained professionals.”

    We are excited about the government’s commitment to adult learners in the province and we are looking forward to exploring ways for BCPLAN to promote recognition or prior learning as a part of the solution.

    Click here to read the full BC Jobs Plan.


  • September 23, 2014 1:30 PM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    BCPLAN board members and advisors have been working hard looking at ways to position the or­­ganization to make the greatest impact for adult learners in BC.

    Five priorities have been identified and are currently being explored by members for consideration in the strategic plan:

    1. To make PLAR practitioner training options available in BC.
    2. To demonstrate that PLAR meets economic needs, saves money and supports the labour market goals of any government.
    3. To make employment service centres hubs for PLAR activities in each region.
    4. To substantially increase representation of BC employers involved in BC PLAN partnerships.
    5. To secure sustained financial support from provincial and federal governments.

    We are seeking input from all interested parties. Please use the comments field below to share your thoughts and opinions.


  • September 23, 2014 7:00 AM | Andrew Skapenko (Administrator)

    I’m delighted to draw your attention to a recent blog posting by Dr. Alan Davis, President and Vice Chancellor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Keynote Speaker, Summit 2013: Surging to the Future: Research-informed policy, practice and innovation in the Recognition of Prior Learning.

    In his post, Dr Davis eloquently outlines the increasing necessity for community-minded post secondary institutions, including KPU, to recognize and respect the skills and knowledge adult students have acquired through the workplace and community life and to incorporate this learning into a broader vision of post secondary education.

    Here is a brief excerpt:

    “…But if I called the blog “PLAR”, some would gloss over it, some would be put off by the jargon, and we too often pigeon-hole parts of our operation for administrative convenience so we don’t have to worry about everything all the time. It’s all about learning in the end.

    PLAR has a bad rap. Some see it as flaky, some as a threat to faculty work and academic control, some institutions do not do much of it, and KPU is behind many. So, here is my pitch, having seen again what people are doing across North America, and how powerful this can be.

    Learning starts the moment you are born (some say before that), and continues until the final revelation at the moment of death (there is a revelation, isn’t there?). Then there is the learning acquired in school and beyond, which, in many parts of the developed world, lasts anywhere from a few years to (in my case) 27 years before I got a full time job. This is­ our formal learning, which is always documented, and is easily transportable and recognized; although those with foreign credentials coming to Canada might disagree.

    Pretty well the rest of our learning throughout our lives is informal, almost always not documented and rarely recognized, but where would you be without it?

    You wouldn’t have a job, for one thing. Almost all hiring involves assessing who you are in terms of both your formal and informal learning. Think about it. We sort resumes into those who have the stated formal credential and those who don’t. For those who do, we started looking at experiences, knowledge, skills and attributes that are developed informally. i.e., we do a lot of subjective assessment of informal learning as we make very large dollar decisions.”

    Click here to read the full blog post.

    Wendy Watson
    President, BCPLAN


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