Learning & Education

The BC Public Service is committed to the career success of its 26,000 public service employees. One of the many benefits of working for this award-winning employer is the variety of training and learning opportunities – formal, informal and experiential. Formal learning is supported through on-line and province-wide face-to-face training courses on topics that include project management, supervisory and leadership development, healthy living, procurement and finance.

Employees can get complete details on all corporate courses and resources available by going to Learning in the BC Public Service (IDIR Restricted). To register or search for a course, go directly to the Learning System (IDIR Restricted). If you are an employee, but do not have an IDIR ID (a government username and password) please visit Contact the BC Public Service Agency for help.

Not sure how it works? Learn everything you need to know about our Learning System Resources (IDIR Restricted). There is information for the roles of All Employees (IDIR Restricted), Managers & Supervisors (IDIR Restricted) and Learning Administrators (IDIR Restricted). If you have any questions, send a request to AskMyHR.


Financial Management Certificate Program

The Financial Management Certificate Program (FMCP) is administered and sponsored by the Office of the Comptroller General and supported by the Learning Centre. The program provides a course of studies for government employees which

  • Provides training in the government system of financial management and control
  • Encourages and recognizes upgrading of professional accounting qualifications
  • Establishes a recognized paraprofessional standard for junior and intermediate financial and audit officer positions

Learn more information about the FMCP (IDIR Restricted).

Supervisor Development Certificate Program

The Supervisor Development Certificate Program (SDCP) is available to permanent supervisors in the BC Public Service and has been in high demand since its launch in 2011.  This two-year comprehensive developmental program helps participants to be more effective in their role as supervisors and leaders.

Both new and experienced supervisors can benefit from the program as each participant will have a customized learning plan.  Seasoned supervisors can complement the knowledge and skills that they already have, and gain greater insight into their strengths and areas for development through this process.  For more details, visit the SDC page (IDIR restricted).

Pacific Leaders Program

Through scholarships and loan forgiveness, we invest in our public service by supporting the education and growth of talented and dedicated staff. Pacific Leaders strengthens the public service’s contribution to our province and sharpens our competitive edge to recruit and retain high-calibre employees.

British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program

The British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program (BCIP) offers comprehensive privacy training designed specifically for the provincial public sector. It’s for employees committed to protecting privacy and those preparing for a career in information privacy. Employees who want a better understanding of how privacy – and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) – impacts their work will also benefit.

For more information and to learn how to register, see the British Columbia Information Privacy Certificate Program page.

Safety, Health & Well-being

Employee health and safety are essential to a strong BC Public Service. Learn how to create and maintain a safe work environment and explore resources to help you increase your overall health and well-being. Supervisors may access  Early Intervention and Return to Work eLearning Series courses related to supporting employees who have an illness or injury to stay at work or return to work as soon as possible after a period of illness or injury.