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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.

The program consists of eight courses - available online, in class or both. We offer weeklong courses at our VCC Broadway campus. We also offer weekend classes in various locations.

PIDP 3100: Foundations of Adult Education

PIDP 3210: Curriculum Development

PIDP 3220: Delivery of Instruction

PIDP 3230: Evaluation of Learning

PIDP 3240: Media Enhanced Learning

PIDP 3250: Instructional Strategies

PIDP 3260: Professional Practice

PIDP 3270: Capstone Project

The online courses are continuous entry, a flexible option that allows you to register and start at any time. All continuous entry courses are designed to be completed in 10 weeks or less. Contact our office to register and we will send you the login information for your course.

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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

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

Program Description

Program Description

The BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) provides both new and experienced 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.

VCC manages the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma Program on behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. The PIDP is recognized by public and private colleges and institutes.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Design, deliver and evaluate adult learning and teaching on a continuum of instructional approaches.
  2. Create positive and engaging learning environments that promote respect for the diversity of learners.
  3. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in the workplace and in the community.
  4. Act in an ethical and professional manner when working in an adult education setting.
  5. Integrate critical reflection strategies to stay current in education and bring about change in one’s own practice.

Instructional Strategies, 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.

A wide variety of instructional strategies is used in the program. Instructional strategies may include interactive lecture, presentations, assignments, guest speakers, discussions, group work, field trips, and case studies.

Courses may be offered in online, face-to-face, and blended formats.

Program Duration & Maximum Time for Completion

30 credits (450 hours)

Completion time will vary depending on individual circumstances. The program is designed for working professionals. It is designed to allow for flexibility, and may be completed at an accelerated pace. The minimum completion time is ten months. The program must be completed within 5 years.

Evaluation of Student Learning

The PIDP consists of eight core courses (23 credits) and electives (7 credits) to total 30 credits.

Evaluation of student learning is based on completion of course assignments. Due dates and criteria for successful completion of each course assignment will be outlined by the instructor at the beginning of each course. Students must achieve a minimum grade of C- in each course with letter grades, or S in each course with successful/unsuccessful grades to be awarded the PIDP.

To achieve the Provincial Instructor Diploma, students must successfully complete 23 credits from eight core courses and seven (7) credits from elective courses for a total of 30 credits.

To achieve the Train the Trainer Short Certificate, students must successfully complete PIDP 3210 Curriculum Development, PIDP 3220 Delivery of Instruction, and PIDP 3230 Evaluation of Learning.

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


This program welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 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.
  • English 11 or Communications 12 with a C-, or equivalent
  • Evidence of subject matter expertise (diploma, bachelor's degree, trades certification, substantial workplace experience) or departmental approval

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

You can request Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) 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 Recognition PLAR for one course at a time. You will be directed to the Department Leader who will supply you information about completing PLAR. You may apply for a maximum of 12 credits of PLAR and transfer credit. However, PIDP 3270: Capstone Project cannot be completed by means of prior learning assessment.

Please contact the office for fees charged for PLAR.


  1. Apply and meet all the entrance requirements for the PIDP.
  2. Contact the program office to request PLAR for a particular course.
  3. Speak with the Department Leader about the PLAR process and compile the particular information and evidence requested to substantiate your request.
  4. Complete the application for PLAR and submit payment.
  5. See Policy D.3.5 for more information about VCC’s PLAR procedures.

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)
$50 - Transfer Credit Fee

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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