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ERIC Number: ED540032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Trades to Academic Transfer. Special Report
McQuarrie, Fiona
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
In recent years, there has been increased interest within British Columbia in the issue of whether or how trades qualifications might transfer into academic post-secondary programs. Some BC institutions have already started, or will be starting, programs which incorporate this form of transfer credit. Colleagues at British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer (BCCAT) prepared this report to explore the issue of trades qualifications transferring or laddering into academic programs. Their preliminary research indicated a wide variety of potential variations on what they named trades-to-academic (TTA) transfer, including differing definitions of what constitutes a "trade" or a "trade qualification"; the many types of trades and vocational education programs and credentials; and the potentially broad range of post-secondary academic programs into which trades or vocational program credits could transfer. There are also existing vocational-to-academic laddering agreements in programs in many disciplines: for example, in health care and applied business technology. The preliminary research also identified a considerable amount of discussion involving the contested meanings of "vocational" and "academic" education, and the contrasting histories, philosophies and practices of trades/vocational education and academic education. While the content of such discussions clearly relates to the themes of the investigation, their primary focus is on the practical and operational dimensions of TTA transfer. The report commences with an overview and assessment of some of the existing TTA transfer programs outside and within Canada. They then review some of the themes emerging from the comparisons of these programs, and conclude by identifying theoretical and practical issues for institutions to consider in developing or sustaining TTA transfer programs. (Contains 4 tables.)
British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer. 709-555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3H6, Canada. Tel: 604-412-7700; Fax: 604-683-0576; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Council on Admissions and Transfer
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Germany; United Kingdom (England); United States