For Internationally Trained Professionals and Trades People

Accreditation and Qualifications Information Services

What is Accreditation?

Employment is the top priority for most newcomers, however, recognition of credentials, skills and experience earned in their country of origin is a primary concern for many immigrants. For new arrivals, there is a need for clear information about both regulated and non-regulated professionals.

Our staff provide information and help to develop individualized plans to obtain professional recognition in Canada.

The process includes:

  • one-on-one confidential interviews
  • Group accreditation information sessions
  • Transferable trades skills tool
  • Individualized, scale-oriented Action Plans
  • Accreditation Portfolio Instruction
  • Cross cultural information
  • Network assistance
  • Referral to interpretation services
  • Referral to Document Translation Services

Accreditation

Accreditation is a comparative evaluation or assessment of international credentials, skills and experiences.

Accreditation is needed when:

  • Employers look for education as a requirement for employment
  • A profession is regulated in Canada and a license or certificate is required to practice it
  • Some training is required or sought by Internationally Trained Professionals or Trades People
All of these examples require different types of accreditation in Canada. However, sometimes accreditation is not needed at all, which is why 100% clarity is required before taking any steps toward accreditation.

An interview with an Accreditation Facilitator will provide information on:

  • The requirements of having international academic credentials evaluated to Canadian standards
  • Certification and licensing process, cost, length of time
  • Training, further education, bridging programs, apprenticeship, Prior Learning & Assessment Recognition (PLAR)
  • English skills requirements
    improving job search skills, referrals to Employment Advisors, workshops
  • Acquiring Canadian experience; volunteering, Co-op programs, Mentorship
  • Alternatives to licensing career options, regulated vs non-regulated professions
  • Accreditation Portfolio; individual instruction and group workshops

Accreditation Portfolio

An Accreditation Portfolio is an organized collection of documents, for example, the results of assessment of foreign credentials and international work history, with the purpose of getting recognition in Canada. It is a visual representation of an internationally-trained individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is a very compelling tool because it contains solid facts and specific examples of a person’s skills and experience.

Developing an Accreditation Portfolio can help internationally-trained individuals enhance their career in many ways. It can assist with making a career change, document their education and training, and help market their skills during job search.