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Thank you for your interest in ARC-BC. As a prerequisite to gain access to the repository, you must first complete a brief training session where you will learn about ARC-BC and the responsible use of ARC-BC learning materials under the Canadian Copyright Act. There are a number of ways that you can complete this training.

  • Watch the videos below and complete a short quiz related to the content.
  • Request a live webinar by sending an email to
  • Connect with your district contact to receive training. A list of district contact email addresses is available on the ARC-BC Contact page. 

Once you have completed your training, you may register for an account. After registering, we'll ask you to complete a quick knowledge test so that you can demonstrate that you have understood how ARC-BC files can be used appropriately within the legal framework of the Copyright Act to support access to learning for students with perceptual disabilities. Finally, your district contact will need to approve your account.

ARC-BC Introduction & the Canadian Copyright Act

This video contains general information about ARC-BC, and the Canadian Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42).

Registering for ARC-BC

If you have students that do not have an assigned Personal Education Number please contact us by emailing

Types of Files in ARC-BC

More information, including information on the new format EPUB can be found on our Formats page.

Searching for Files in ARC-BC

Downloading Files from ARC-BC

ARC-BC Knowledge Test

After completing ARC-BC training, you must complete the short knowledge test linked below to initiate the approval of your ARC-BC account. Upon completion of the test your District Contact will be notified of your results and will begin to process the approval of your account. Please note that correct responses for all seven items are required to pass. You are welcome to retake the quiz to obtain a passing score.

How to use ARC-BC files with various apps/software

ARC-BC App Profiles

SET-BC hosts informational content on how to support student access to ARC-BC learning materials through various applications. These materials are supplemental to the training videos posted above and review is for your information only. Please visit the SET-BC site to learn more about Etexts and Ebooks to Support Student Learning 2018.

ARC-BC Technical Support

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with any aspect of the ARC-BC platform please contact us by email at or by phone at 604-264-5052.

What's Next?

Already know the basics? View our 'App Profiles' to find the best app for your student to use with files from ARC-BC. 

App Profiles

Workshop Opportunities

ARC-BC offers a number of in-person workshops. Check out our 'Workshop Opportunities'' page to find professional learning to promote access to digital content for all learners! 

Workshop Opportunities