Private vocational institutions offer employment training in a wide range of occupations. Institutions must be registered if they meet conditions set out in The Private Vocational Institutions Act. The conditions include:
Programs may be taught by theory or practice, in classrooms, on-site, through work experience, by correspondence, or by any combination of these delivery methods. Students receive a certificate or diploma upon successful completion of the program of instruction.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. It may take three to six months to register a new institution and its programs depending on the completeness and accuracy of the documents submitted. You can avoid delays by ensuring your application is complete before submitting it. Be sure to enclose your registration and assessment fees with your application.
Registration and assessment fees are collected under The Private Vocational Institutions Act and Manitoba Regulation 237/02, M.R. 101/2008, as follows:
- $275 - institution plus one program of instruction
- $150 - additional program of instruction
- $275 - each new program of instruction
- $100 – each amended program of instruction
You can provide your fees as a bank draft, cheque, or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance.
Registration under The Private Vocational Institutions Act expires on December 31st each year. You must renew each year prior to November 1st to ensure there is no lapse in registration.
Many programs offered through private vocational institutions are eligible for Canada Student Loan and Manitoba Student Loan designation. However, Manitoba Student Aid has its own legislation and, therefore, it may be beneficial to contact the Designation Office to ensure the programs being offered are eligible for student loan designation. A private vocational institution must offer its programs for a minimum of twelve continuous months before it is eligible to be reviewed for designation.
To talk with someone about institution and program registration under The Private Vocational Institutions Act please call:
Private Vocational Institutions Office
Education and Advanced Learning
401-1181 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0T3
Phone (204) 945-8507
The Private Vocational Institutions Office maintains a list of private vocational institutions currently registered in Manitoba.