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Program Accreditation

Definition

Apprenticeship Program Accreditation is a process for assessing educational programs against the apprenticeship standards established by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board (PACB).

The PACB is responsible for the accreditation of provincial apprenticeship training programs offered by private and public educational agencies.

Program Accreditation is different from Institutional Accreditation. Program Accreditation is an external content-review process of the training programs against a specific set of standards, whereas Institutional Accreditation is an external review process for overall institutional quality, educational accomplishments, business and financial responsibilities.

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Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of apprenticeship program accreditation is to provide an auditing mechanism to ensure that provincial apprenticeship training programs are meeting the accreditation requirements as set by the PACB.

The objectives of apprenticeship program accreditation are to ensure that programs conform to the standards identified in the National Occupational Analyses and reflected in the Provincial Plans of Training established for specific trades, and that graduates have the required level of competence to enter the industry job market.

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Benefits of Program Accreditation

Who benefits from program accreditation, and why?

The general public, through industry, benefits by receiving high quality service from graduates of accredited programs.

Employers benefit by having the assurance that graduates from an accredited program have the competencies demanded by industry to meet current and future requirements.

Training institutions benefit by receiving assurance from industry that their programs are high-quality and produce competent graduates, and by continually improving their programs to meet accreditation standards.

Faculty members of training institutions benefit by receiving ongoing professional development necessary to ensure their programs are current with industry requirements.

Graduates from accredited programs benefit by having assurance that their education has met industry standards, thereby adequately preparing them for employment in industry.

Journey persons benefit by having the standards of their trade continually improved, ensuring the credibility of the trade is maintained.

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Program Accreditation Process

What is involved in apprenticeship program accreditation?

Any educational agency wishing to offer apprenticeship training in Newfoundland and Labrador has the opportunity to have their apprenticeship programs accredited by the Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board.

The programs considered eligible for accreditation by the Provincial Apprenticeship and 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.

To begin the accreditation process, the educational agency reviews the requirements for accreditation as identified in the Accreditation Resource Manual PDF (199 KB).

The educational agency then submits Phase I PDF (89 KB) documentation to the PACB for review. Upon approval of Phase I, Phase II PDF (97 KB) documentation is submitted by the educational agency, and the PACB will then determine if accreditation requirements have been met.

The evaluation of an apprenticeship program is based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of several program elements.

An external accreditation team is chosen to assess the program and references the submitted data to National Occupational Standards for Red Seal programs and through the Provincial Standards for apprenticeship programs that are not Red Seal designated. The team will conduct an accreditation visit to the educational agency before an accreditation decision is made.

Upon assessment of the program, payment of the accreditation fee and completion of the site visit, the accreditation team submits a final report to the PACB outlining a recommendation for accreditation status

Accreditation designation stays in effect for three or five years. During that time, the educational agency must submit an Annual Maintenance Report outlining any program changes. Any change that alters the conditions under which accreditation was awarded may require a reassessment.

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Accreditation Team and Site Visit

The accreditation team will consist of a program development officer from the Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division and one or two team members from the business/industry sector. The team member must be registered as a Journeyperson in the trade program that is being assessed for accreditation.

The accreditation site visit is normally conducted by the accreditation team in one day. The site visit provides an opportunity for the accreditation team to assess the qualitative factors such as learning environment, facilities, curriculum material, faculty profile and feedback from current students.

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Contact Information

For further information on Apprenticeship Program Accreditation, please contact:

Program Development Officer - Accreditation: Wendy Robinson

Standards and Curriculum Unit
Apprenticeship and Trades CertificationDivision
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
P.O. Box 2006
Aylward Building, 2nd floor, 1-3 Union Street
Corner Brook, NL A2H 5M7
Telephone: 1-709-637-2234

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