Credential Nomenclature

Policy Number: 
3306
Policy Responsibility: 
Vice-President, Academic
Approved: 
Program Council
Effective: 
November 6, 2014
Last Amended: 
June 18, 2015
Review: 
June 18, 2017

Context / Purpose: 

A credential is awarded for successful completion of a program of studies. All Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) credentials defined in this policy conform to quality standards that support academic excellence and student success. Each program review has evaluation components and programs are reviewed on a scheduled basis.

Policy Statement: 

JIBC offers and awards credentials that are approved by the Board of Governors, meet current quality assurance standards and the credential requirements of the BC post‐secondary sector.

Scope: 

The policy applies to all credentialed programs and specific recognition for non-credentialed programs.

Definitions: 
Credential: A document attesting to the completion of a program of studies. JIBC credentials include Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Certificates, Advanced Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Certificates, and Masters Degrees. Credentials are issued by the Institute Registrar and are recorded on a student’s official transcript.
Program: A group of credit courses that have an integrated set of learning outcomes, are evaluated, and assign a course grade according to the JIBC grading policy.

 

List of JIBC Credentials:

JIBC offers the following types of credit based credentials approved by the Board of Governors.

Certificate

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program which is generally the equivalent of one year of full‐time studies or less.

Note: For Certificate programs between 144- 288 hours, or10- 20 credits, the credential will be designated as a “Short Certificate” in Ministry reporting (not included in Institutional Accountability credential targets).


Diploma

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally the equivalent of two years of full time studies (a minimum of 840 hours, or 60 credits).
  

Advanced
Certificate

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally the equivalent of one year of full time studies (a minimum of 420 hours or 30 credits) that requires a minimum of a Certificate for admission.

Advanced
Diploma

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally the equivalent of two years of full time studies (a minimum of 840 hours or 60 credits) that requires a minimum of a Diploma for admission.
  

Bachelor
Degree

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally the equivalent of four years of full time studies (a minimum of 1680 hours or 120 credits).
  

Graduate Certificate

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally the equivalent of 1-12 months of full time studies (a minimum of 210 hours or 15 credits) that requires a Bachelor’s degree for admission. Courses are at the 500 level.
  

Master Degree

A credential awarded for successful completion of an approved program generally equivalent to one year of full time studies (a minimum of 420 hours, or 30 credits). A bachelor’s degree is an admission requirement. 

Table 1 - List of JIBC Credentials

Credential Name

Credits (minimum)

Hours

Certificate

21 or more

288

Certificate (Short Certificate Category)

10-20

144-288

Diploma

60

840

Advanced Certificate

30

420

Advanced Diploma

60

840

Bachelor Degree

120

1680

Graduate Certificate

15

210

Master Degree

30

420

Certificate of Achievement:

When completion of a course or a non‐credentialed program requires recognition, a Certificate of Achievement may be awarded upon approval from the School Dean and co-signed by the Director, or designate, and School Dean.

Statement of Course Completion:

When a document attesting to the attendance, participation or other criterion in a course is required, a Statement of Course Completion may be issued by a School, upon approval from the Dean and signed by the School Dean, or Director, or designate.

Last updated August 12, 2015