JIBC is committed to ensuring its programs are of the highest quality and meet the needs of both students and employers. Academic Planning and Quality Assurance (APQA) resides within the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and is responsible for ensuring the academic quality of JIBC programs in accordance with academic policies and procedures, and in alignment with the Institute’s Strategic Plan, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training's expectations for post-secondary institutions, and the needs and requirements of professional governing bodies. APQA advises and guides program areas on key processes related to academic quality, including program review, and course and program development, change, suspension, and termination.

Development of new courses at JIBC is evidence-informed and aligned with labour market needs and student demand. The Institute regularly reviews and updates courses to ensure they meet standards of academic quality, and industry and student needs. The process is guided by JIBC’s Policy 3309 Course Development, Change, Suspension, and Termination and Procedure 3309-001 Course Development, Change, Suspension, and Termination.

New program development at JIBC is evidence-informed through labour market analysis, consultation with stakeholders, and quality assurance standards set by the Institute, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, and professional governing bodies. The process is guided by JIBC’s Policy 3311 Program Development, Change, Suspension, and Termination, and its supporting procedures:

Program review is integral to the continuous improvement of JIBC’s programs. It supports the Institute’s commitment to quality programming that is relevant and responsive, and ensures labor market, industry, and student needs are met. JIBC ensures that all of its approved programs and course programming are current, relevant, and of the highest quality by conducting Annual and/or Comprehensive Reviews. The process is guided by criteria set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training,  and JIBC’s Policy 3305 Program Review and its associated Procedure 3305-001 Program Review. All JIBC’s credential programs undergo comprehensive review every 5-7 years.

5-Year Comprehensive Program Review Schedule

2022-23 Academic Year (in progress)  

Associate Certificate in Conflict Coaching
Associate Certificate in Complex Trauma
Associate Certificate in Exterior Fire Fighter Operations
Associate Certificate in Interior Fire Fighter Operations
Certificate in Fire Fighting Technologies
Certificate in Full Service Fire Fighter Operations

2023-24 Academic Year  

Associate Certificate in Leadership & Conflict Resolution
Certificate in Primary Care Paramedicine
Certificate in Search & Rescue Technician QL5A
Diploma in Emergency & Security Management
Advanced Diploma in Advanced Care Paramedicine
Bachelor of Emergency & Security Management Studies

2024-25 Academic Year  

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies

2025-26 Academic Year  

Associate Certificate in Applied Leadership
Associate Certificate in Trauma & Crisis Intervention
Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Licensing
Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS)
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Disaster Management

2026-27 Academic Year 

Associate Certificate in Emergency Management
Associate Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design
Certificate in Collaborative Conflict Resolution
Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies
Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies
Graduate Certificate in Cybercrime Analysis
Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis
Graduate Certificate in Tactical Criminal Analysis

Program Review Final Summary Reports

Associate Certificate in Emergency Management (2021-22)
Associate Certificate in Emergency Management Exercise Design (2021-22)
Associate Certificate in Investigation & Enforcement Skill (2021-22)
Certificate in Fire Officer (2021-22) 
Certificate in Fire Prevention Officer (2021-22)
Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis (2021-22)
Graduate Certificate in Tactical Criminal Analysis (2021-22)
Diploma in Law Enforcement Studies (2021-22)
Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (2021-22)

The Quality Assurance Process Audit (QAPA) is an external review process developed by the B.C. Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). QAPA ensures that public post-secondary institutions periodically conduct rigorous, ongoing program and institutional quality assessment. All B.C. public institutions participate in the QAPA once every seven years. JIBC underwent its QAPA in December 2022, the results of which will be available in Spring/Summer 2023.

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