When the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCCA) was proclaimed. The primary goals of the new Act are to protect students, improve quality and strengthen the accountability of all institutions that make up the PCC sector. The Act outlines new requirements for registration, program approvals, fee collection, tuition fee refunds, student contracts, financial security, instructional staff, advertising and compliance measures. The Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 covers four main areas:
- 1. Registration and Student Protection
- 2. Quality and Accountability
- 3. Training Completion Assurance Fund
- 4. Compliance
The new Act enhances registration processes and establishes new minimum standards for all PCCs, while requiring a broader range of organizations and programs to be registered or approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges. The new Act requires all institutions that provide instruction in the skills and knowledge required to get a job in a particular profession or vocation to be registered under the Act and their programs to be approved.