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ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Since 1928, the Burnaby School District has offered Community & Continuing Education programs that evolve to meet the learning needs and interests of the community.  Most of our students are from Burnaby but many come from all over Metro Vancouver.

Burnaby offers one of the largest school district run Continuing Education programs in the province. It supports the educational needs of a variety of adult learners including new immigrants; those wishing to learn English, complete their high school graduation or train for a career, and those interested in learning something new.

Courses are offered during the day, evening and weekends. Our adult students represent almost every walk of life and every ethnic group in Burnaby’s cultural mosaic. And so do our instructors. More than 500 medical experts, business consultants, computer technicians, lawyers, human relations experts, entrepreneurs, contractors, and horticulturists form our flexible network of instructors.

Programs/courses begin in either the Fall or Winter/Spring. Printed brochures providing course and program information are distributed to the community in Burnaby mid August and December. Brochures are also available at Burnaby’s public libraries, recreation centres and online.

PAYMENT OF FEES
PAYMENT OF FEES

Full payment is expected at registration time to secure a spot in a program.

Partial Payment Plan
For programs that cost $1000.00 or more, students may choose a deferred payment plan to stagger payment over the duration of the course; the deferred payment plan charges an extra 5% administration fee. To arrange for a partial payment plan, please visit our office in person to sign a payment agreement.
* 1st payment due at time of registration = 5% administration fee + 50% of course fee
* 2nd payment due 1/3 of the way through the course = 25% of course fee
*3rd payment due 2/3 of the way through the course = 25% of course fee


REFUND POLICY

Fee payments originally made by credit card are credited back to the same card; for expired or invalid credit cards, refunds are made by cheque. Fee payments originally made by cash or cheque are made by cheque. Please allow 3 weeks for processing.

Cancelled classes
When a class is cancelled by Burnaby CCE, a full refund will be issued.

Full time certificate / diploma programs
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $100 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. For a refund request received less than 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $200 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after classes begin. Please see individual course descriptions for exceptions.

Part time certificate / diploma programs
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $25 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. For a refund request received less than 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $50 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after classes begin. Please see individual course descriptions for exceptions.

General interest courses that are 1 session long
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 24 hours before the start of the class, a 20% processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received less than 24 hours before the start of the class.

General interest courses that are 2 or more sessions long
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received before the second session of the course, a 20% processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after the second session of the course.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I get an updated transcript?
For high school courses, students must order transcripts directly from the Ministry of Education. See www.studenttranscripts.gov.bc.ca.

For vocational training courses, transcripts are automatically issued upon program completion. To order additional copies of transcripts, contact our office. Transcripts for courses taken within the last 5 years cost $5.00 each; transcripts for courses taken more than 5 years ago cost $25.00 each.

Is financial aid available for BCCE students?
Partial Payment Plan

Full payment is expected at registration time to secure a spot in a program. For programs that cost $1000.00 or more, students may choose a deferred payment plan to stagger payment over the duration of the course; the deferred payment plan charges an extra 5% administration fee. To arrange for a partial payment plan, please visit our office in person to sign a payment agreement.
* 1st payment due at time of registration = 5% administration fee + 50% of course fee
* 2nd payment due 1/3 of the way through the course = 25% of course fee
*3rd payment due 2/3 of the way through the course = 25% of course fee

Financial Aid

Burnaby Community & Continuing Education does not provide student loans, grants, scholarships or bursaries. Financial aid may be available from other organizations; see below for a list of organizations that have provided financial assistance to our students.

  • Vancity Savings Credit Union
    This credit union may give educational lines of credit to students who qualify. Burnaby Heights Branch 604-877-7063; New Westminster Branch 604-877-2613.
  • MOSAIC Burnaby Centre for Immigrants
    https://www.mosaicbc.org/venue/mosaic-burnaby-centre-for-immigrants/
    Phone 604-438-8214
  • ISSofBC – Immigrant Services Society of BC
    www.issbc.org/programs/career-services/
    Phone 604-395-8000 / Email settlement@issbc.org
  • Helping Families in Need – Kitty Heller Education Endowment Fund
    This organization may help with paying tuition fees. See www.helpingfamiliesinneed.org to find their application form and follow their application process.
  • Neil Squire Society
    This organization empowers Canadians with disabilities. They may have funding for educational purposes.
    Telephone 604-473-9363 / Email info@neilsquire.ca
  • If you are unemployed and on EI, ask your employment case manager if there is 3rd party funding available. For example, government funding may be available for vocational training.
Can my tuition be used for tax purposes?
Courses that provide vocational training may be eligible for T2202 tax forms. Eligibility is determined by regulations from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and depends on a number of factors: the type of training provided, the number of courses taken concurrently, the amount of tuition paid, the length of the courses, and the number of hours of instruction time per week.

We automatically issue T2202 tax forms for qualifying students in January or February every year. Be sure to let us know if you move so that we mail your tax forms to the correct address.

We issue receipts for all tuition fees. If you are not eligible to receive T2202 tax forms from us, please consult with your financial advisor to determine if you can use our tuition receipts for tax purposes instead.

Will I get a job if I take a certificate or diploma program with BCCE?
Burnaby CCE has a proven record in developing students’ skills and knowledge to make you highly employable. Many programs have a job search component. A high percentage of our graduates find employment within 3 months of graduation. Many students who do a great job on their practicum get noticed and get job offers right away. Note: We cannot personally guarantee each student will get a job after graduation because there are other factors beyond our control that may affect this. However taking a course with Burnaby CCE will highly increase your chances of getting a job.
Are my English skills strong enough or do I need upgrading before taking a course?
English requirements vary depending on the program you are taking. See the web page for each program for specific levels of English proficiency that is required or recommended.

For programs that offer information sessions, free English testing is available at the end of the information sessions.

For the Health Care Assistant Diploma program, a standardized English proficiency test is required. Detailed information is available at the information session.

Is Burnaby Community & Continuing Education (BCCE) certified with PCITA?
PCTIA is established under the Private Career Training Institutions Act, with its corresponding regulations and bylaws. PCITA is governed by a Board of Directors and is guided by the public sector guidelines for corporate governance.

It is not necessary for Burnaby Community & Continuing Education (BCCE) to join PCITA. BCCE is a program of School District 41 (Burnaby) and is governed by a Board of Education. The Board of Education’s function is to establish procedures and guidelines for the operation of BCCE. The Board of Education, in consultation with senior staff, determine policies and regulations which govern the direct operations of the school district’s human and physical resources. These policies are designed to ensure a high level of conduct and quality educational services which establishes BCCE as a good choice for lifelong learning.

Are the Certificate and Diploma programs recognized?
Burnaby Community & Continuing Education offers college-level diplomas and certificates. Our programs are well-recognized by official organizations. They are equivalent in content to what is offered at colleges. Each program is unique and some examples are provided below:

  • Province of BC – Our Health Care Assistant Diploma (HCA) program is recognized by the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. Graduates of the HCA program delivered by our school are eligible for registration with the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry.
  • Early Childhood Registry of the Ministry for Children & Families – Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) program is approved by this registry.
  • TESL Canada – Our TESOL – ESL Teacher Training program is recognized by TESL Canada.
  • American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute – Our Hotel Management programs are accredited with this organization.
  • GAIA College SOUL – many of our Horticulture programs are co-sponsored with Gaia College and endorsed by the Society for Organic Urban Land Care.
  • The Industry Training Authority recognizes our school as an approved training provider for the Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship program, Common Core Level 1 and 2.

Burnaby CCE also offers a variety of programs where a governing body or accreditation does not exist. For these programs, we carefully select instructors who have the credentials to meet high standards in our programs.

What is the difference between a diploma program and a certificate program?
In general, certificate programs are specialized in one specific skill or area of study. In some cases a diploma is not required and a certificate gives sufficient training in a particular skill. Diploma programs tend to be longer, more in-depth, and may include several courses required to graduate; they are broader and often give the student a good overview of the field, without earning an actual degree.

Each area of study is unique. Some professional associations may have developed their own specific guidelines and criteria as to what accounts for a certificate and what accounts for a diploma.

CODE OF CONDUCT
Burnaby School District’s Code of Conduct has been established to maintain a safe, caring and healthy learning environment.


Click here to read our Code of Conduct.