Eligibility & Fees

POPARD is funded by BC’s Ministry of Education to provide training for employees of BC School Districts and BC independent schools that follow the BC Ministry of Education’s curriculum.

BC School District and BC Independent School Employees should register for POPARD training using their school district employee email address. The employee email address provides confirmation that registrants are employed by a BC school / BC independent school. Visit our Upcoming Training Dates page to see all currently scheduled courses and workshops.

There is a non-refundable administration fee for all courses and most workshops provided by POPARD. Please refer to the specific course or workshop page for more information and specific fees.

A limited number of seats are available to registrants who are not employed by a BC school or BC independent school. Non-school attendees must complete the appropriate registration form (including explaining why they are interested in taking the training) and pay the respective training fee.

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

All fees are non-refundable and registrations are non-transferable. Tuition fees will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received (by email, to POPARD’s training coordinator) at least 4 weeks before the first day of class.

Course Participant Code of Conduct

A POPARD course is intended to be a professional learning environment in which participants are expected to display the attitudes and behaviours that would be consistent with the work that they do in schools or in the general workplace. These expectations are also considered to be the hallmark of professional and respectful learning environments. A failure to adhere to these expectations may result in the course participant being dis-enrolled from the course.

Participants are expected to:

  • attend the scheduled course sessions
  • arrive at the course sessions on time each day and remain until class ends
  • come to class prepared with readings and assignments completed
  • demonstrate active and attentive listening during instruction
  • actively contribute to class activities and discussions
  • use appropriate and respectful language
  • display appropriate nonverbal/body language
  • socialize only during class breaks

NOTE: Participants must attend the entire training session in order to receive a certificate upon completion of the course (for courses in which certificates are issued). There are no make-up classes or drop-ins to other sessions.

Course Work & Evaluation

Please refer to the specific course pages for more information regarding course work & evaluation, including supplementary readings, assignments and projects, and quizzes/exams.

Expected English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English language is required for POPARD’s courses. You must be able to speak/listen and read/write English to a standard equivalent to grade 10 high school English or better. You may encounter difficulty understanding course material without a firm grasp of the English language.

Accommodations For Participants With Disabilities

Upon request, POPARD will provide reasonable accommodation to participants with documented disabilities. Accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis, in order to promote learner success.

Students who have a disability that has been diagnosed by a qualified medical or psychology professional and are requesting an accommodation must submit a Request for Accommodation Form at least 6 weeks before the scheduled training start date. Supporting documents from by an appropriately qualified professional will also be required (depending on the nature of the disability this may be a medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other professional). Documentation must outline the diagnosis, symptoms, functional impact of your disability related to your learning success, and recommendations for accommodations. It is the responsibility of the course participant to submit documentation validating their disability within the 6-week time limit.

Once we’ve received your Request for Accommodation Form, POPARD will communicate with you to determine what reasonable accommodations can be provided.