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  • Andy Rodriguez
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    Before you come to Canada, it is very crutial to have your academic documents such as diplomas, transcripts and certificates evaluated. As an immigrant, you may need to evaluate your credentials for the following purposes:
    1- Immigration, for skilled or Economic categories.
    2- Employment.
    3- Licensing with Professional Association.
    4- Entry to Apprenticeship training programs.
    5- Higher Education and/or Continuing Education.
    The process for getting your credential evaluated will depend on whether you want to enter a regulated or not regulated occupation., or pursue continuing education. As a general rule, if your chosen occupation is regulated, the recognition of qualifications will be determined by the appropriate provincial or territorial regulatory body, while for a non-regulated occupation, recognition is normally at the discretion of the employer.
    You can find out more about the specific requirements for recognition of your qualifications in your profession/trade by doing the following:
    1. Contact the professional association governing your occupation in your own country to find out if there are any links with similar associations in Canada. Consult the publication entitled National Occupational Classification at the closest Canadian diplomatic mission to find out more about employment requirements for your occupation.
    2. Find out the name and address of the professional regulatory body governing your profession/trade in the province or territory where you intend to settle by enquiring with CICIC.
    3. Write to the regulatory body and ask about the specific requirements and costs for licensing, certification, or registration, as well as the recommended procedure for an assessment. The regulatory body will advise you concerning the required documentation and the fees for assessment.
    You should be aware that the recognition process is different in each province and territory and for each profession/trade. It can be a costly and time-consuming process; so it is important that you obtain all the information you need to know about the process and specific requirements before undertaking an assessment.







    There are several evaluation services that can help you in assesssing your credentials in comparison with the canadian educational standards.Some of the organizations that perform credential evaluations in Canada are:

    Alberta
    International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
    9th Floor, 108th Street Building
    9942 - 108 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
    Tel.: +1 780 427-2655
    Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655
    Fax: +1 780 422-9734
    Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.ht...

    British Columbia
    International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
    3700, avenue Willingdon
    Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2 Canada
    Tel.: +1 604 432-8800
    Toll-Free within North America: +1-866-434-9197
    Fax: +1 604 435-7033
    Email: icesinfo@bcit.ca
    Web site: http://www.bcit.ca/ices/

    Manitoba
    Academic Credentials Assessment Service - Manitoba (ACAS)
    Manitoba Labour and Immigration
    Settlement & Labour Market Services Branch
    5th Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1N3 Canada
    Tel.: +1 204 945-6300
    Toll-Free within North America: +1-800-665-8332
    Fax: +1 204 948-2148
    Web site: http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/immigrate/work/recognition/acas....

    Ontario
    Comparative Education Service (CES)
    University of Toronto
    315 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A3 Canada
    Tel.: +1 416 978-2190
    Fax: +1 416 978-7022
    Costs for service
    Site Web : http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/ces/

    International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
    Ontario AgriCentre
    100 Stone Road West, Suite 303
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 5L3 Canada
    Tel: +1 519 763-7282
    Toll-free: +1 800 321-6021
    Fax: +1 519 763-6964
    Email: info@icascanada.ca
    Fees and Services
    Web site: http://www.icascanada.ca/

    World Education Services-Canada (WES Canada)
    45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1S2 Canada
    Tel.: +1 416 972-0070
    Fax: +1 416 972-9004
    Toll-free: +1 866 343-0070 (from outside the 416 area code)
    Email: ontario@wes.org
    Web site: http://www.wes.org/ca/

    Québec
    Centre d'expertise sur les formations acquises hors du Québec (CEFAHQ)
    Ministère de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles
    255, boulevard Crémazie Est, 8e étage
    Montréal (Québec) H2M 1M2 Canada
    Tel.: +1 514 864-9191
    Elsewhere in Quebec (toll free): +1 877 264-6164
    Fax: +1 514 873-8701
    Email: renseignements@micc.gouv.qc.ca
    Web site: http://www.immigration-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/education/compar...

    Saskatchewan
    International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
    9th Floor, 108th Street Building
    9942 - 108 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
    Tel.: +1 780 427-2655
    Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655
    Fax: +1 780 422-9734
    Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.ht...
    * The Government of Saskatchewan provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.

    Territoires du Nord-Ouest
    International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
    Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
    9th Floor, 108th Street Building
    9942 - 108 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
    Tel.: +1 780 427-2655
    Toll-free in Alberta: 310-0000 ask for 427-2655
    Fax: +1 780 422-9734
    Web site: http://employment.alberta.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/4512.ht...
    * The Government of the Northwest Territories provides this service through an interprovincial agreement with the Government of Alberta.


    The government’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office website (http://www.credentials.gc.ca) features a useful search engine called” Working in Canada”. You can type in your occupation and the search engine will bring up a comprehensive report that tells you whether this occupation is regulated in Canada and whether you need to be licensed by a regulatory body. Then it will tell you where in your region of choice you can get licensed.
 
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