Adult Learning Regulations

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Adult Learning Regulations

made under Section 15 of the

Adult Learning Act

S.N.S. 2010, c. 31

N.S. Reg. 132/2014 (June 24, 2014)


1     These regulations may be cited as the Adult Learning Regulations.


2     In these regulations,


“support system” means a common system and set of business processes operated by the Department to focus on the administration of labour market programs and services for its Provincial partners, currently operating under the name of the Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS);


“learning organization” means an organization that provides adult-learning programs and services to adult learners;


“Minister’s Adult Learner Demographic Form” means the Departmental survey designed to collect demographic information on adult learners.

Criteria for recognized learning organization

3     To be eligible as a recognized learning organization, a learning organization must


                (a)    comply with all the support system’s applicable guidelines, business processes and contract terms and conditions; and


                (b)    meet all of the following criteria:


                         (i)     it must not charge tuition,


                         (ii)    it must offer adult-learning programs, by 1 or both of the following methods:


                                  (A)   in a group setting,

                                  (B)   by individual tutoring,


                         (iii)   it must meet the requirements for adult-learning programs in Section 4,


                         (iv)   it must register adult learners in the method required by the Minister,


                         (v)    it must ensure that all its registered adult learners complete any Departmental surveys within the time required by the Minister,


                         (vi)   it must approve and maintain an individualized learning plan for each of its registered adult learners, jointly developed with the adult learner,


                         (vii)  it must keep daily attendance records for its registered adult learners and provide the records to the Minister on request,


                         (viii) it must complete and submit program and financial reports in the form and in the time required by the Minister.

Requirements for adult-learning programs

4     An adult-learning program must meet all of the following requirements:


                        (a)    it must use adult-learning curricula and program resources approved by the Minister;


                        (b)    it must ensure that its instructors, teachers and voluntary and paid tutors attend professional development training for the adult-learning program curricula and as required by the Minister;


                        (c)    it must use assessment processes approved by the Minister.

Obligations of adult learners

5     An adult learner registered with a recognized learning organization has all of the following obligations:


                (a)    they must jointly develop their individualized learning plan with the learning organization;


                (b)    they must attend the learning program at the times required by the learning organization;


                (c)    they must complete the Minister’s Adult Learner Demographic Form, or any other Departmental survey, within the time required by the learning organization.

Designated component annual report

6     An annual report to the Minister with respect to a designated component must include all of the following statistical information:


                (a)    the number of learning organizations funded by the designated component;


                (b)    for each learning organization funded by the designated component:


                         (i)     the number of adult learners registered in the year,


                         (ii)    the number of adult learners who meet learning plan learning objectives.

Recognition of international credentials and prior learning

7     The following international credentials and prior learning may be recognized for the purpose of adult learning supported by designated components under Section 12 of the Act:


                (a)    an international credential that is generally recognized in other jurisdictions;


                (b)    prior learning that is generally recognized by other jurisdictions.


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