What is Accreditation?

In the world of post-secondary education, accreditation is achieved by an institution that meets the quality standards and fulfills the requirements set by the appropriate accreditation organization.

Accreditation affirms that the institution operates with a high level of quality in all its aspects, including academic quality, administrative effectiveness, facilities, resources, and student services.

In Canada, post-secondary education is under provincial control. Each Canadian province is responsible for regulating the quality standards of its institutions.

In British Columbia, private institutions that have been reviewed by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) and have succeeded in meeting the requirements of the PTIB may be referred to as “designated institution”.

What is PTIB?

The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) operates under the authority of the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Advanced Education. Click on the link to see Dorset College's Designation Certificate from BC PTIB .

PTIB designated institutions are eligible to apply for StudentAid BC designation.

How can I get more information?

For the PTIB visit website homepage for more information.

For information about BC post-secondary education (including links to PTIB), see the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training website.

For information about post-secondary education quality assurance in Canada, see the website for the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)

For information about accreditation in BC, see the British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT) website.