Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Apprenticeship Accreditation System
Purpose and Scope
The Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB) is responsible for the accreditation of all the provincial apprenticeship training programs offered by private and public training institutions in Newfoundland and Labrador. Accredited apprenticeship programs ensure the learner, industry, employers and the public that the program meets or exceeds educational and industry standards as identified in the National Occupational Analysis and reflected in the Plans of Training. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that those who have the desire and attributes to become qualified trades persons reach their goals by participating in quality training programs. The accreditation policy provides an auditing mechanism for provincial apprenticeship training programs independent of the education system. It also meets the challenges of technological changes by stimulating ongoing curriculum improvement through the process of continuous review.
1. Policy Statement
Any training institution wishing to offer apprenticeship training in Newfoundland and Labrador has the opportunity to have their apprenticeship programs accredited by the PACB by making application in the format approved by the PACB and by paying the prescribed fees. To maintain the accreditation of their programs, the training institution must submit an Annual Maintenance Report to the PACB. Apprentices who exit from accredited programs will get the full recognition and automatic credit transfer toward their apprenticeship program by the PACB. Apprentices who exit from non-accredited programs will be evaluated through RPL/PLAR on an individual basis before being able to write the journeyperson examination for the occupation.
- Apprenticeship Program Accreditation
- recognition by the PACB that the program conforms to the national standards established for that occupation and graduates with the requisite experiential hours qualify to write the certification examination.
- National Occupational Analysis (NOA)
- A national publication that identifies and groups the skills and knowledge required to perform a particular occupation competently. It provides industry stakeholders with benchmarks against which occupations and the proficiency of people in those occupations are measured or assessed.
- Plan of Training
- A Plan of Apprenticeship Training details the full scope of learning for a particular occupation, including both technical training competencies and industry experiences necessary to write an interprovincial examination and complete the requirements for Red Seal Certification.
3. Limitations of the Policy
The programs considered eligible for accreditation by the Provincial Apprenticeship Certification Board are limited to those apprenticeship programs that lead to Red Seal Certification and any other programs that come under the direction of the Board. The PACB accredits programs for three to five years. It also maintains a provincial registry of accredited programs on an annual basis. The Provincial Apprenticeship Certification Board does not accredit institutions, agencies, departments or faculties.
4. Program Accreditation Procedures
The accreditation procedure shall consist of the following steps:
- The training institution begins the process with a request for information from the PACB. The PACB training institutions offering apprenticeship programs of the requirements of accreditation for these programs.
- The training institution makes application to the PACB with their Phase I and Phase II submissions and pays the prescribed fees.
- The evaluation of an apprenticeship program is based on qualitative and quantitative analysis of data provided by the training institution. The accreditation team reference the data to National Occupational Standards for Red Seal programs and Provincial Standards for apprenticeship programs that are not Red Seal designated through the Provincial Plans of Training.
- Before awarding accreditation, a team will conduct an accreditation visit to the training institution.
- Before the submission of a final report to the PACB, the Departmental Representative will send a draft accreditation report to the training institution for comment on information included in the report.
- A final written report will be submitted to the training institution outlining accreditation status, any areas needing remediation and the time frame in which it is to occur.
- The initial accreditation designation is for three years. Subsequent accreditation designation is for five years. During that time, the training institution must report any change in an accredited program to the PACB through the appropriate authorities. Any change that alters the conditions under which accreditation was awarded may require a reassessment.
5. Program Accreditation Process
The Apprenticeship Program Accreditation process addresses the following in ensuring that the instructor, the facilities and the curriculum are of the highest quality and meet standards established and approved by the PACB. The following elements must be addressed in the application for accreditation:
- Admission and Retention Policies and Standards
- Requirements for Graduation
- Instructional Staff
- Instructional SupportStaff
- Faculty Evaluation
- Educational Facilities and Equipment
- Course Portfolios
- Student Success and Satisfaction
- Satisfactory Employment Evaluation
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