Business Assessment Solutions Inc.

Welcome to Business Assessment Solutions Inc. 

Providing unparalleled experience in Private Career College Consulting and Certification Management Solutions

About Jerry:

A natural leader formally trained as a learning and development educator, Jerry Bishop guides Business Assessment Solutions Inc. in its partnerships and developments offering over two decades of experience in training, coaching, and design. She brings invaluable experience to her business and her clients—an experience of real-world knowledge at the core of what matters to clients. Jerry has been referred to as an “eSSential experiential leader” for her ability to instill inspiration and unlock potential with her coaching that brings out the best in people.

The Business Assessments Solutions team work with our clients designing learning solutions with simplicity and elegance.  Our areas of specialty include:

  • Private Career College Consulting in Ontario ~Partnering with Private Career Colleges in Ontario since 2004.
  • PARIS – Program Approval and Registration Information System
  • Certification Management Solutions ~ Providing certification expertise for organizations.

Connect with jerry@businessassessmentsolutions.com or jerry@certificationmanagementsolutions.ca

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Statement from Minister Elliott and Minister Romano on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Response Plan for Academic Continuity for Students and Faculty

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities, issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 on students and faculty at Ontario’s colleges and universities:
“The health and well-being of all Ontarians is our government’s number one priority.

Based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and the experts at the province’s Command Table, Ontario is taking decisive steps to contain the virus and continue to protect the public. We continue to work with our public health partners at all levels, alongside our postsecondary partners, to protect students and faculty at this critical juncture by providing regular updates on COVID-19 and campus safety.

In light of recent developments and based on strong guidance from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities will work with Ontario’s postsecondary institutions to ensure each campus has a COVID-19 response plan for academic continuity for students and faculty that does not put their health or personal well-being at risk, while ensuring students can continue to receive the world-class education our institutions provide.

This action follows similar guidance by the Command Table earlier today requesting the province temporarily close all elementary schools and secondary schools in the 14-day period following March Break, effective March 23, 2020.

Our government will continue to work with our postsecondary partners to provide updates to students and faculty as the situation evolves.”

Temporary Alternative Training Measures – Preparing Your Attestation; What Should Be Included?

Per Travis Coulter , Superintendent of Private Career Colleges, Director, Private Career Colleges Branch Memo of March 13th, the following elements must be included in a PCCs attestation in securing approval for temporary alternative training measures.

  • “Provide an attestation, signed by an individual with the authority to bind the private career college, demonstrating that the private career college has the current capacity to train, evaluate, and support students via alternative methods of instruction without significant loss of program quality.
  • At a minimum, the attestation must include the following:
    • A list of all programs that the private career college wishes to deliver by alternative methods of instruction;
    • Details concerning how the private career college will support its students during their period of accommodation;
    • Endorsements by a relevant third party (if applicable) that the method proposed is appropriate for the program (e.g. supporting documentation from the Law Society of Ontario for alternative means of delivering paralegal programs); and
    • Confirmation by the individual signing the attestation of her or his understanding that any approval of an alternative mode of program delivery will expire following notification by local public health officials that there is no continuing risk to students of contracting COVID-19 by attending their private career college.”

Items to Consider when Preparing Attestations

  1. Learning outcomes for the period in question.
  2. How information will be communicated (e.g. Zoom, Facebook, skype, youtube, learning management system, etc.).
  3. Additional options/modes of communication for students and instructors.
  4. Opportunities for additional practice and feedback for students and instructors transitioning to a new learning environment.
  5. Flexibility to respond to issues (e.g. deadlines, bad wifi, accessibility, etc.).
  6. Academic integrity.
  7. Specific requirements of third parties in the case of programs subject to other regulators (e.g. confirmation by the Law Society of Ontario that paralegal programs are suited to alternative modes of delivery).
  8. Supports for students who choose not to, or are unable to, continue in programs via an alternative method of instruction.
  9. How placements or other “in-person” portions of programs will proceed with reference to an alternative method of instruction.
  10. Methods of evaluating students pursuing their training via an alternative method of instruction.
  11. Protection of privacy for students and other users.

Do you require assistance in preparing your attestation?

You must clearly be able to demonstrate that your private career college has the current capacity to train, evaluate, and support students via alternative methods of instruction without significant loss of program quality.

Keep in mind you must think outside the box from your current classroom delivery method to preserve the student experience and ensure their successful outcome and completion date.

If I can be of help, please connect with me – jerrybishop@bell.net or by phone 905-906-3706.

I’ll be standing by. Thank you.

Jerry Bishop

Private Career College Consultant since 2004

Travis Coulter Superintendent of Private Career Colleges Director, Private Career Colleges Branch Released a Message to PCC’s in ON on March 13, 2020 (Part 2) Temporary Alternative Training Measures

“Some private career college operators have requested permission to accommodate students by offering classroom programs via online, distance, or other alternative methods of instruction on a temporary basis.

Where local public health officials have advised businesses and institutions to limit the number of people on their premises, I am prepared to consider requests for special, short-term accommodations on a program-by-program basis to allow students to continue their training via alternative methods of instruction.

To facilitate streamlined and timely decisions, I will require an attestation, signed by an individual with authority to bind the private career college, that the private career college has the current capacity to train, evaluate, and support students via alternative methods of instruction without significant loss of program quality. At a minimum, the attestation must include the following:

• A list of all programs that the private career college wishes to deliver by alternative methods of instruction; • details concerning how the private career college will support its students during their period of accommodation;

• Endorsements by a relevant third party (if applicable) that the method proposed is appropriate for the program (e.g. supporting documentation from the Law Society of Ontario for alternative means of delivering paralegal programs); and

The appendix to this memo sets out items to consider when preparing attestations.

Any alternative training measures approved by the Superintendent for OSAP-approved students will remain subject to their Performance Requirements. This means that the Approved Institution must be able to display that it is:

  • Monitoring full-time participation of its students (providing students a work load equivalent to 20 hours/week);
  • Monitoring academic progression (i.e. weekly reports); and
  • Adhering to the Active Participation Policy.

Attestations should be sent by email to your private career college inspector. I will review the attestation and respond promptly by email through the inspector. Once you have my approval, you may proceed with your accommodation plan for students.

Suspension of Operations

If a private career college is required to suspend operations entirely, the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges expects the operator to inform their inspector immediately and to ensure that students are adequately supported during the period of suspension.

Supports for students should include planning for the resumption of programs following the suspension, ongoing communications and updates concerning the duration of the suspension, and provisions for refunds of training fees should students choose not to continue in programs during or following the suspension. “

Travis Coulter Superintendent of Private Career Colleges Director, Private Career Colleges Branch Released a Message to PCC’s in ON on March 13, 2020 (Part 1)

Travis Coulter Superintendent of Private Career Colleges Director, Private Career Colleges Branch Released a Message to PCC’s in ON on March 13, 2020

” I am writing to provide private career college owners and operators with important information about the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19

Since learning of the outbreak of COVID-19, the health and well-being of all Ontarians has been our top priority. As this issue has evolved, we understand that many people are becoming increasingly concerned about their health and well-being during this difficult time.

To provide Ontarians with current information, the Ministry of Health posts up-to-date information about COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/coronavirus. On this webpage, the Ministry of Health has published fact sheets in nearly 30 dedicated languages and a public-facing poster (also available in French) for your use. These fact sheets and poster may be distributed as widely as you deem appropriate for your organization.

Ontarians should be confident that the province is working together in close cooperation with its partners and the health care sector to ensure everyone’s continued safety and well-being.

I encourage you to share the following websites with your staff and students and to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible sources of information:

Ontario Ministry of Health: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus

Local Public Health Unit: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novelcoronavirusinfection.html#a1

On March 11, 2020, the ministry sent information and materials, including posters and social media content, to all registered private career colleges. I would encourage you to distribute these materials throughout your campus, offices, and to post them on your website.

If a student or staff person of your private career college is diagnosed with COVID-19, please immediately contact your local public health unit for further direction and keep your private career college inspector informed of any necessary actions.

Introducing the Recreation Therapy Assistant Gerontology Certificate Program

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life. Graduates of the Recreation Therapy Assistant program with a specialization in Gerontology work in a variety of health care settings.  Developed using the standards within the Essential Competency Framework for Therapeutic Recreation as a guide, the curriculum articulates the competencies necessary to practice as a Recreation Therapy Assistant Professional in Ontario.

https://www.trontario.org/about/about-therapeutic-recreation/index.html

• RTA’S work under the direction of a Recreation Therapist to deliver recreation therapy services.
• RTA’s assist in the delivery of goal-oriented programs and services to meet the leisure-related needs of clients.
• RTA’s work alongside the therapist(s) and contribute to the continuum of therapeutic services.
• The two main responsibilities of the RTA include program development and program delivery as well as program observation and reporting, in addition to non-direct client activities.
• RTA’s provide input, which will enable the Recreation Therapist to conduct assessments, develop intervention plans or evaluate a client’s progress in relation to the intervention plan.
• RTA’s will practice in accordance with the Standards of Practice set out by TRO.
• The standards of Practice reflect the major functions and competencies for effective performance.
• RTA’s must also perform in accordance with the mission, vision, values, and philosophy of the organization they are employed with.

Are you interested in more information about the Recreation Therapy Assistant Gerontology Certificate Program? Email Jerry at jerrybishop@bell.net or call Jerry at 905-906-3706.

 

Jerry Bishop

Private Career College Consultant since 2004

Business Assessment Solutions Inc.

905-906-3706




 

Personal Support Worker Certificate Program eSSential Curriculum Toolkit

Personal Support Worker Subject Specific Standard; The approved training standard for all Personal Support Worker programs of instruction (Ontario Qualifications Framework – Certificate lll level) delivered by Private Career Colleges of Ontario. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities October 2014

Vocational Standard

“All graduates of Personal Support Worker programs have achieved the fourteen (14) vocational learning outcomes (VLOs) listed in the following pages, in addition to achieving the essential employability skills (EES) learning outcomes.

The Personal Support Worker (PSW) program prepares graduates to provide supportive care* to individuals across the lifespan including clients experiencing cognitive impairment, physical disability, and mental health challenges, by assisting them with their activities of daily living. Graduates may find entry-level employment in a variety of care settings including community, retirement homes, long-term care homes, and hospitals.

As valuable members of the interprofessional care/service team, graduates develop effective working relationships with team members and participate in the delivery, reporting, and documentation of care as directed by the plan of care/service plan.

Graduates use basic assessment and communication skills to identify and document relevant information pertaining to clients’ status and report findings to members of the interprofessional care/service team* and/or responsible person.

Graduates are accountable for their own actions in the provision of ethical, client-centered, client-directed* and culturally relevant* care while recognizing the limits of their knowledge and skills that require collaboration with clients, families, supervisors and/or other members of the interprofessional care/service team.

Graduates work in accordance with all applicable legislation and employer’s policies, procedures and guidelines while contributing to safe, quality client care.

Graduates use effective communication skills and develop helping relationships* with clients and their families and assist clients with routine activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living as directed by the plan of care/service plan.

Graduates promote a safe and comfortable environment for all clients and in particular for clients experiencing responsive behaviours, the risk for abuse and/or clients requiring end-of-life care* while ensuring safe environments for themselves and others.”

Are you interested in learning more about the Personal Support Worker curriculum? Connect with Jerry at 905-906-3706 or email Jerry at jerrybishop@bell.net


Ontario Qualifications Framework Overview

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/pepg/programs/oqf/

The Ontario Qualifications Framework includes all non-religious postsecondary certificate, diploma and degree programs offered under the auspices of the Province of Ontario, including apprenticeship certificates, the qualifications awarded by private career colleges, the qualifications awarded by public colleges, and degrees offered by public universities and institutions authorized to award degrees by a consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities of Ontario.

Note: The Ontario Qualifications Framework will be phased in over a period of time in the private career college sector.

Do you require assistance in determining which credential is right for your program? Connect with Jerry at jerrybishop@bell.net or by phone at 905-906-3706.

Recreation Therapy Gerontology Diploma Program Distance Education Approved for Native Education & Training College in North Bay, ON!

The Superintendent of Colleges and Universities (Private Career Colleges Branch) approved the Recreation Therapy Gerontology Diploma Program (Distance Education) for delivery at Native Education & Training College (North Bay, ON) on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The program is the first of its kind within the Private Career College sector.

Therapeutic Recreation is a health care profession that utilizes a therapeutic process, involving leisure, recreation and play as a primary tool for each individual to achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.

Graduates of the Recreation Therapy specializing in Gerontology work in a variety of health care settings. Developed using the standards within the Essential Competency Framework for Therapeutic Recreation the curriculum articulates the competencies necessary to practice as a Therapeutic Recreation Professional in Ontario.

For more information in bringing this program to your Private Career College in ON, please connect with Jerry at jerrybishop@bell.net or call 905-906-3706.

PARIS ~ Program and Registration Information System Launches Today ~February 4, 2019

Extracted from the PARIS Reference Guide for Applicants/Registrants February 2019 The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

The Program Approval and Registration Information System (PARIS) is a public-facing secure web application used to support the administration of a Private Career College (PCC) under the authority of the Private Career Colleges Act and its regulations.

PARIS is used to complete various applications and perform functions relating to registering and operating a PCC, allowing a user to:

  • Pre-screen a program.
  • Request a Business Name Approval.
  • View an orientation video about the PCC registration process and requirements.
  • Apply for registration to operate a PCC.
  • Obtain third-party program assessments.
  • Make online fee payments by credit card or Interac Online.
  • Post financial security or modify existing financial security.
  • Apply for new program approval.
  • Copy a program from campus to campus.
  • Purchase or franchise a program from a registered PCC.
  • Apply for registration of a new campus.
  • Search for information about your PCC Portfolio.
  • Submit inquiries to the Private Career Colleges Branch (PCCB).
  • View and respond to compliance activities including registration conditions, inspection reports, etc.

Once an application is submitted, a user can also:

  • Check the status of an application.
  • Send updates.
  • Withdraw an application.

Once a certificate of registration has been issued, applicants, now called “registrants” can use PARIS to:

  • Make Training Completion Assurance Fund (TCAF) premium payments.
  • Renew a registration.
  • Submit a change request to update organizational, campus and/or program information including
  • ownership change, change of location, fee increases, etc.

Do need help with PARIS navigation? Email jerry@businessassessmentsolutions.com or text or call Jerry at 905-906-3706

PARIS ~ RESPONDING TO COMPLIANCE ISSUES

PCCs must address all non-compliance issues.

  1. OPEN THE ISSUE

Open the issue: Method 1:

(1) Open the inspection report (see the previous section in the PARIS guide and previous blog post on the inspection process in PARIS).
The Compliance Issue(s) section lists the outstanding compliance issues.
(2) Click select. The Compliance Issue(s) Details page appears

Open the issue: Method 2:

(1) Click inspection.
(2) Click the Search Compliance Issue link.
(3) Click search. The compliance issues appear at the bottom of the page.
(4) Click the blue Compliance Issue ID link. The Compliance Issue(s) Details page appears

2. Respond to the issue:
2.1. Enter the Resolution to Compliance Issue.
2.2. Click save and next. The Supporting Documents page appears.
2.3. You can upload a document to support the issue resolution. See Uploading a Document starting on page 13.
2.4. Click next. The Compliance Issue Summary page appears.

3. You can enter a Comment then click save.

4. When you are finished responding to the inspection report, click submit. A confirmation message appears.

5. Click exit. The status of the changed issue updates to “Under Review” (found in the Waiting for Response section.)

In the previous process when “responding to an inspection report findings”, PCCs responded in writing via mail or email attachment. The current PARIS process of responding to inspection will streamline and enhance the efficiency of documentation.

Do you have a question about navigating PARIS? Email jerry@businessassessmentsolutions.com or text or call Jerry at 905-906-3706.