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New Enhanced Assessment Options for Challengers

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FORT ST. JOHN – New methods of assessing credential challengers are being exploring around the world in order to improve standards and bring more qualified skilled workers into the credentialed work force.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) in British Columbia has developed and tested a new “made-in-B.C.” method of assessing challengers to Red Seal and other ITA credentials.

An Enhanced Assessment Approach for Challengers employs a mix of portfolio review, competency conversations, written exams and a practical demonstration of skills.

The new procedure has been tested in the Cook and Heavy Equipment Technician trades, and now the results will be shared to determine if the approach has a future in other provincial sectors.

The ITA is offering free workshops in four locations around the province, including at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Registration begins at 6:30 pm, with the workshop from 7-9:30 pm.

If you are a leader or manager in the employer, union, Trades training, Aboriginal training, or immigrant serving communities, your attendance is important to the process.

For more information, contact Dunia Magnusson at or 778-785-2419. Online registration is available at