British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer (BCCAT)
The British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) was established in 1989 with a mandate to facilitate admission, articulation, and transfer arrangements among British Columbia's public and private postsecondary educational institutions. The council encourages educational institutions to develop policies that facilitate student mobility and transferability of postsecondary courses and block credit so that credit granted at one institution can be applied toward credentials at other educational institutions.
The transfer system in British Columbia was initiated in the 1960s.
Today, BCCAT oversees the provincial transfer system and enables links between the postsecondary educational institutions, the education ministries, and the public and private education sectors in British Columbia. BCCAT facilitates admission, articulation, application, and transfer arrangements among postsecondary educational institutions for the benefit of learners. It provides system leadership and direction by facilitating transfer, articulation, and admission arrangements among autonomous postsecondary educational institutions. Achieving this mandate includes providing support for BC educational institutions, developing policies, coordinating research, and providing web‐based resources to support BC students in their education planning.
There are 37 public and private BC postsecondary educational institutions that are members of the provincial transfer system, as well as two out-of-province universities (Yukon University and Athabasca University). BCCAT establishes formal transfer agreements for courses and programs where there is high demand and affinity. All these guaranteed credit equivalencies are recorded in the British Columbia Transfer Guide. BCCAT also regularly collaborates with its provincial counterparts across Canada to share and expand upon transfer pathways.
All public and many private educational institutions also establish informal transfer on a case-by-case, or student-by-student basis. These agreements are managed privately by each institution and are not directly overseen by BCCAT. Key system values include transparency, fairness, autonomy, predictability, and accountability — built upon trust between system partners.
BCCAT lists thousands of course transfers, block transfers, and guaranteed-admissions degree-partnership agreements across the British Columbia transfer system, providing diverse educational pathway opportunities for students. BCCAT also recently expanded the BC Transfer Guide to include out-of-province and international equivalencies, making it the first province to show how students can receive credit from outside of BC.
Some private postsecondary educational institutions in British Columbia currently offer academic courses and/or programs that are transferable to public universities, according to the transfer principles and definitions established by BCCAT. As well, most private degree-granting educational institutions are program members of BCCAT and accept credits from other educational institutions that are part of the transfer guide. Information on credit transfer is the responsibility of BCCAT and is provided in the British Columbia Transfer Guide.
For more information about transfer research in British Columbia, visit BCCAT's website.
The BC Transfer System portal provides learners with a variety of resources and tools including a search at the course level to identify equivalencies between educational institutions, definitions and explanations of how the transfer system works, what options are available, how to transfer between provinces, and more. It provides detailed information on equivalencies for high school taken in the US through advanced placement and through the International Baccalaureate systems, for course-to-course, block transfer, by program (i.e., for articulated agreements between postsecondary educational institutions), for associate degrees, and more.
BCCAT previously signed a memorandum of understanding with Alberta to allow degree‐granting educational institutions in that province to apply for BCCAT membership. Thompson Rivers University was accepted into the Alberta Transfer System, becoming the first institution with membership in both transfer systems.
BCCAT maintains membership in the Councils on Admissions/Articulations and Transfer of Canada Network (CATCan Network) and the Pan‐Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT). It has also supported the ARUCC MyCreds™ | MesCertif™ National Network initiative which is creating a national document- and data-exchange network for official postsecondary transcripts and credentials, as well as virtual “wallets” for learners to advance student mobility.
Education Planner (EPBC) was established in 2016 through a partnership between British Columbia's public postsecondary educational institutions and the provincial government to improve access to postsecondary education. Specifically, EPBC has a mandate to improve postsecondary planning and application services, and to provide a provincial student data exchange hub to improve student mobility and facilitate the distribution of electronic student records. Using EPBC, prospective learners can search all undergraduate and graduate programs offered by BC's public universities, colleges, and institutes, and compare admission requirements, tuition fees, and application deadlines. For most of BC's public postsecondary educational institutions, EPBC is also how prospective learners complete and submit applications for their chosen program(s).
Provincial Degree Quality Assurance
The Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) is a public agency in the province of British Columbia that supports the review process for new degree programs that postsecondary educational institutions submit to the Minister of Advanced Education for approval.