The Criminal Records Review Act requires that students registered in a post-secondary program, where they may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults, must have a Criminal Record Check (CRC) conducted by the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General (MPSSG), Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).
Camosun College only accepts Criminal Record Checks from the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Criminal Records Review Program.
How to get a Criminal Record Check
- After accepting a seat in a program which requires a CRC, check your email for the Camosun College access code that you’ll need for the online application. Access code emails are sent on Friday afternoons.
- Navigate to the BC Criminal Record Check webpage.
- Enter the access code provided to you by email. If you do not have the access code, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, student ID number, program name and phone number.
- Select Login with a BC Services Card and Get set up or Continue with: BC Services Card app, if you already have the app. For more information on the BC Services Card please visit the BC Services Card webpage. Contact CRRP if you experience technical difficulties.
- Camosun will email you once your clearance letter has been received.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a Criminal Record Check?
In BC, if you work or volunteer with, or have the potential for unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, you are required to complete a CRC.
Can I submit a clearance completed by local police or RCMP?
No. For the purposes of your Camosun College program, your CRC must be completed by CRRP.
Is there an alternative application if I do not have a BC Services Card?
Yes. If you have not lived in BC for at least six months, or currently reside out of province, please email email@example.com and include your full name, student ID number, program name and phone number. You will be provided with a manual application form and instructions.
Note: If you are an International student, and do not yet have a Canadian address, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a manual application form.
How much does it cost?
There is a $28 fee, payable to the CRRP. Applicants will be prompted to pay the fee by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or AMEX).
How long does it take?
Camosun College is not responsible for processing CRC applications or application turnaround times. CRC processing time by the CRRP varies.
- Online application: approximately 5 to 10 business days.
- Manual application: approximately 4 to 6 weeks.
How is my identity verified?
The CRRP verifies an applicant’s identity using the BC Services Card as Electronic Identity Verification (EIV).
Can I use a previously cleared criminal record check completed through the CRRP?
Yes. Camosun College will accept a clearance letter previously completed through the CRRP, provided your clearance letter meets the following criteria:
- The CRC must have been completed within the last five years.
- The previous check must have been completed with the same “works with” type, as required by Camosun (Schedule B - works with children and/or vulnerable adults).
If you have a CRC clearance that is valid with Camosun College, you will have the option to select “Share Previous CRC” when you apply online for your criminal record check. You will not be required to pay the $28 fee again.
Note: We advise that if your previously completed clearance will expire before the end of your program at Camosun, it will be in your best interest to apply for a new CRC.
Can I share Camosun College’s criminal record check clearance results with another organization?
Yes, provided the organization receiving the results is registered with the CRRP and is willing to accept your previous results.
Please refer to the CRRP Sharing results of a criminal record check webpage.
How will I know that I have clearance?
Once your clearance letter is received by Camosun, you will be notified by email.
Can I have a copy of my criminal record check clearance letter?
Yes. If you do not have outstanding student fees, you may email a request to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and phone number.
What if I have a criminal record?
The MPSSG is the authorized body under the Act to review any offences and make a determination of risk. Any student who is deemed by the MPSSG to pose a risk to children and/or vulnerable adults will not be allowed to participate in any work-integrated learning experiences, including, but not limited to clinical placement, practicum, co-op or internship, work experience, job shadowing, observational activities, some in-class practice exercises, etc., and may therefore be unable to complete the program.
Who should I contact if I can't find the answer to my question(s)?
For assistance with your BC Services Card, please see the: BC Services Card - Contact Us page.
For assistance with the organization ID, or the manual application process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, student ID number, program name and a phone number at which you can be reached.