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Providers' Area Up and Running

The College web site has added a new PLP service that makes it easier to apply for provider status and course approval and track transactions with the College.

A new password-protected area on the College web site will enable Professional Learning Program (PLP) providers to conduct most transactions with the College online.

"The Providers' Area is a significant step in the management of the PLP," said Rick Chambers, manager of the Professional Learning Program Unit. "It makes it easier to become a provider, submit courses for approval, and report successful completions by members. As well, the College can add providers and courses to the PLP without substantially adding staff to handle the paper work."

Organizations interested in becoming providers can register at In response, the College sends a password to enable the organization to log on to the Providers' Area to apply for provider status and course approvals, or check the status of their applications. Once approved, providers can submit new course applications, save them to finish later, change contact information and report member successes to the College.

Application for provider status carries a fee of $100; an application for course approval carries a fee of $25. Fees can be paid online as part of the application process.

"The Providers' Area is a secure, easy-to-navigate, user-friendly site," said Chambers, adding "Security is always our primary concern when we develop ways to make it easier for our members and partners to access and use the College web site."

Only groups, organizations or individuals that are approved by the College are able to offer courses for PLP credit. Providers must be able to communicate electronically with both the College and the members. Providers also must have a web site where all relevant information about courses can be displayed and updated as necessary.

More information about the Professional Learning Program on the College web site at

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