Provincial Instructor Diploma

Prepare for rewarding employment as an adult educator.

Students in this program build knowledge and skills to design, develop, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. The program also provides instructors with an accredited development program leading to diplomas and degrees at VCC and other institutions.

We offer the following online courses self-paced. Students can complete each course in 3 weeks up to a maximum of 10 weeks.

PIDP 3100: Foundations of Adult Education

PIDP 3210: Curriculum Development

PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning

PIDP 3250: Instructional Strategies

PIDP 3260: Professional Practice

Call our office to register and we will send you the login information for your course.

Program Status: Accepting applications

Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Continuous intake 230 hours Diploma Broadway, Online and locations in BC, Alberta and Yukon Part-time

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To apply, please send an email to sie@vcc.ca or visit us in-person at the Broadway campus.

Program Description

Program Description

The BC Provincial Instructor Diploma provides new instructors with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to instruct adults. Course activities and assignments are intended to provide the skills needed to be an effective, competent instructor. The practicum provides an opportunity for participants to integrate and demonstrate their newly acquired knowledge.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Design, deliver and evaluate adult learning and teaching on a continuum of instructional approaches.
  • Create positive and engaging learning environments that promote respect for the diversity of learners.
  • Use instructional strategies and educational technologies appropriately to support and enhance teaching and learning.
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in the workplace and in the community.
  • Act in an ethical and professional manner when working in an adult education setting.
  • Develop professionally in response to trends in one’s field of practice and in adult education.
  • Become a reflective practitioner.
  • Instructional Activities, Design and Delivery Mode

    The program consists of seven 30-hour courses, and a Capstone Project. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the British Columbia Provincial Instructor Diploma.

    The program is delivered by Vancouver Community College on behalf of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. The PIDP is recognized by public and private colleges and institutes. Courses are offered throughout British Columbia on a regular basis.

    Evaluation of Student Learning

    Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments or projects. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course.

    For more information, read the provincial instructor participant handbook. Feel free to contact the School of Instructor Education at 604.871.7000, ext. 7488.

    Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements


    VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

    As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

    Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

    Program Specific

    Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

    Please submit the following with the completed Application for Admission Form:

  • A non-refundable $35 application fee (a $35 reactivation fee will be incurred for dormant accounts of 12 months)
  • Relevant documents (certificates, diplomas or transcripts) which indicate the training you have received in your speciality. If your training has been work related, a current resume is acceptable
  • A one page letter of introduction outlining education background and your motivation in taking our program.
  • Grade 11 English, Grade 12 Communication or equivalent
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

    You can request an exemption for a course in the PIDP based on your formal education, previous experience and current level of knowledge and skills.

    Please contact the office and request Prior Learning Assessment for one course at a time. You will be directed to the Department Head who will supply you information about completing PLAR. You may apply for a maximum of three courses for exemption through PLAR and prior course equivalency. However, the Capstone Project cannot be completed by means of prior learning assessment.

    The fee for Prior Learning Assessment is half the tuition in that particular course at that time


  • Apply for acceptance to the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program.
  • Contact the program office to request Prior Learning Assessment for a particular course.
  • Speak with the Department Head and compile the particular information and evidence requested to substantiate your request.
  • Include payment for the request and submit it together with the portfolio of information that you have compiled. Include a covering letter that identifies the course for which you are requesting PLAR.

  • Recommended Characteristics:

    If you can visualize yourself as a confident adult educator who leads learners through the complex process of mastering new knowledge, skills and attitudes, then the PIDP can help you reach that professional goal.

    The Provincial Instructor Diploma Program provides new instructors with the competencies needed to design, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in postsecondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments. It also provides instructors with an accredited development program leading to diplomas and degrees at Vancouver Community College and other institutions. Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to design curriculum, plan lessons, select activities, conduct classroom instruction in various environments, deal with individuals and groups effectively, assess learning and evaluate student performance, as well as assess course and instructor effectiveness. The program places a priority on developing the practical abilities that are needed to fulfill the role and responsibilities of working instructors. As well, the program emphasizes the development of the personal attributes needed to assume the duties of a professional educator. Some of the important skills stressed in the program include classroom leadership and facilitation skills, motivational skills and human relations skills.

    Course Schedule

    Fees and Other costs

    Application Fee $35
    Tuition Fee $3,517
    College Initiative Fee $56
    Other Costs $20 - Graduation Fee
    $141 - Campus Resource Fee (only apples to the on-campus program)
    $221 - Material Fee (does not apply for the online program)
    $28 - Other Fees (only applies to the off-campus program)

    For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

    Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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    By phone: School of Instructor Education at 604.871.7000, ext. 7488

    By email: sie@vcc.ca

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