Designation (formerly called Accreditation) and EQA

Heli-College Canada is proud to announce that it is currently one of only four helicopter training schools that have received Designated Certificate Status by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education's Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) under the new Private Training Act (PTA) which replaced PCTIA on September 1, 2016.EQA Logo *

Our students can feel comfortable that they are dealing with a competent and reputable training institution. The quality of our training has been confirmed through the accreditation process. We understand that people who don't already know us, need this kind of reassurance. This is particularly important to our out of province, and international students, who are often unable to visit the school prior to registration.

As one of our potential students, you can be confident that our school has passed rigid scrutiny by both the federal regulators of Transport Canada, and the BC provincial consumer protection provided through the Private Training Act  (PTA). Since Heli-College is registered and Designated with PTIB your tuition deposits are secured by the Student Tuition Protection Fund

As of August 1, 2000, only accredited schools were eligible for designation under the Ministry of Advanced Education's federal and provincial student loans program. EQA Logo

As of January 1, 2016, only PTIB Designated schools that are also designated with Education Quality Assurance (EQA) are eligible to be listed on the Canada Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) Designated Learning Institution (DLI) list. It is important to note that while many schools may be able to accept students for short term training courses if they enter Canada on a tourist permit, as of January 2016, only schools on the DLI list are eligible to accept foreign students for courses of greater than six months duration who will require a student visa. We are pleased to announce that Heli-College Canada meets all of these qualifications. Our DLI designation number is O19279689162 .

The process of accreditation (now called Designation by the PTIB) consists of a thorough examination of the school, its training capabilities, and the manner in which it does business. This process usually takes from 1 to 2 years to complete. 

After the submission of a lengthy report, an audit team inspects the school. These government and industry professionals are there to ensure that the school is indeed delivering the training programs as advertised, and in a professional manner. 

The areas that are examined and confirmed by the audit team are:

1.0 Institutional Purpose and Objectives 

2.0 Institutional Administration 

3.0 Educational Programs 

4.0 Instructors 

5.0 Instructional Resources and Equipment

6.0 Student Support Services

7.0 Student Records

8.0 Physical Plant and non-instructional equipment

It should also be noted that this is not a one time event, but an ongoing process, requiring periodic and annual reporting. The entire audit process must be repeated every few years to retain Designation.

If you have any questions regarding this aspect of our school please email us at:  hccadmin@heli-college.com .

* Note: "DESIGNATED B.C. PRIVATE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS BRANCH & Shield Design" mark is owned by the Government of British Columbia and used under license.