Funding is available to support the professional development of Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants (TRAs) at UBC.
The TRA Professional Development Fund supports TRA staff to access professional development activities and resources that will enhance their current job performance, as well as to support skill development to open new opportunities for transfer and promotion throughout the University.
Application Submission Update For the TRA PD Fund
Period 1: Open
As of April 1, 2013, we released the first quarter of the annual budget to support staff participating in activities that start* within period 1 ( April 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013). Applications for this period will be accepted until June 30.
* PD Activity start date refers to the start (ie first day) of a course, conference, workshop, membership start or renewal, subscription start or renewal. In the case of an activity without a defined start date (such as a book or self paced course) it refers to the purchase date.
NEW: PD Funding Year Starts April 1, 2013
As of April 1, 2013, the the TRA PD Fund for Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants employee groups will begin accepting applications for the new funding year (April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014).
NEW: Increase to the TRA PD Individual Funding Limit
Non Union Technicians & Research Assistants: $800 ($50 increase)
NEW: TRA PD Award Program Discontinued; Funds Reallocated to the TRA PD Fund
We will no longer be offering the TRA PD Award program to Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants. Instead, we have reallocated the Award Program funds to the regular TRA PD Fund. The result is that we are now able to increase the individual PD funding maximum to $800, to provide increased opportunities to support all TRAs with their development. With the end of this Award program, we would like to extend a special thank you to the TRA Award Committee members for all their assistance the past few years.
Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants are eligible to apply for up to $800* in funding reimbursements each UBC fiscal year, April 1 – March 31.
Individual funding applications are approved on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the availability of the overall budgeted funds released for use over the quarterly application periods.
*annual funding limit is pro-rated for staff working less than .50 FTE
TRA Professional Development Fund
UBC Human Resources,
350 – 2075 Wesbrook Mall, GSAB
Vancouver Campus, Zone 1
*submission of the original receipt is required when you pay out of pocket and we are reimbursing you directly. A copy of the receipt and a copy of the original payment method (Q-Req, TR-Req, P-Card statement) is required when we are reimbursing your department. If your receipt does not clearly note your name, PD activity & start date, please include additional documentation that confirms this information.
The annual funding budget will now be equally divided and released for use on a quarterly basis. If the budgeted funds for any one quarter period are used up before the end of the period, the application submission window will close until the start of the next quarter.
To be eligible for funding, your PD activity start date / renewal date must fall within the corresponding quarter application period and you must submit your completed application form during that same quarter period.
If your PD Activity does not have a start date or renewal date, such as in the case of a book purchase or self-paced course, your purchase date determines the period in which you must submit your application.
Period 1 - Open to accepting applications for PD activities with April 1 to June 30 start date*
Funding Period Summary Table
For courses, conferences, workshops, membership renewals, subscriptions with a START DATE* of:
Applications will be accepted as of:
|Period 1||April 1 – June 30||April 1||June 30|
|Period 2||July 1 – Sept 30||July 1||Sept 30|
|Period 3||Oct 1 – Dec 31||Oct 1||Dec 31|
|Period 4||Jan1 – March 31||Jan 1||March 31|
*in the event that a PD activity does not have a start date (ie book purchase or self paced course with flexible start date ) then purchase date replaces “start date” for determining the applicable submission quarter.
Any application submitted prior to the first day of the applicable quarter period will be returned to the employee to resubmit during the appropriate application time frame.
Any application submitted after the applicable quarter period deadline date will not be eligible for funding. Please pay special attention to the new deadline dates listed in the table above.
If you know in advance that it will be impossible for you to submit your application & receipt before a quarter period deadline date because of the timing of your PD activity, please contact us well in advance to discuss possible options. This situation may happen in rare occasions. For example, if you will be attending a conference that occurs over a submission deadline date and you therefore cannot submit claims for accommodation or meal expenses prior to the quarter period deadline date.
Expenses must be related to professional development activities that enhance the knowledge, performance or career progression of your work at the University. The Fund may not be accessed for any any other purpose.
Details on typical PD activities such as courses, workshops, conferences, professional journals, books, or memberships covered by the fund and a list of excluded expenses can be found in the TRA PD Fund Guidelines.
Professional development related travel expenses are reimbursed as per UBC Travel Policy #83 (local travel is not TRA PD Fund eligible)
Please note that authorizing managers should not request a staff person to access the TRA PD Fund to cover any job-related skill development required for, or integral to, the effective functioning of the position (TRA PD Fund Guideline 3.8) as these expenses should be covered by the department/unit.
Department level responsibility for covering costs noted in TRA PD Fund Guideline 2.8 applies to both required job-skill training expenses and required staff professional accreditation fee expenses. When maintaining professional accreditation is not required as a condition of employment, the TRA PD Fund may be accessed by the staff person to cover this professional development expense.
The PD Fund Coordinator in UBC Human Resources will review your application to ensure it is consistent with the purpose of the program, within available individual funding limits, and includes all applicable receipts and back-up documentation.
If you paid the upfront costs out of pocket, you will be reimbursed by direct bank deposit. If the upfront costs were paid by your department on your behalf, the PD Fund Coordinator will arrange reimbursement to your department by Journal Voucher transfer. In either case, you will receive an approval/confirmation email once your claim has been processed.
Our current turnaround time for sending out approval emails and processing reimbursements is approximately 2-3 weeks.
MOST Workshop Special Payment Process: - If you are applying for funding for a MOST workshop offered by UBC Human Resources, you do not have to pay upfront . Instead, once you send us your customized application form (provided by email at the time you register for MOST workshop using the online registration system ) the PD Fund Administrator will arrange payment of your MOST workshop on your behalf. You should send in this form prior to the start date of the MOST course.
See the full catalogue here.
Here are just some examples of work-related courses taken by Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants using PD funding: