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Credentials in Canada

Packing up your life and moving to a different country can be a scary endeavor. On top of living arrangements, transportation, and other stressors, there is the not knowing whether your previous education will enable you to get a job in your new country that is a heavy concern as well. Although those thinking of relocating to Canada to take up their studies can rest assured knowing that they will be welcomed with open arms, it is known that many Canadian employers want their employees to have a Canadian education as well as some Canadian work experience.

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Compare your qualifications:

You may need to update your qualification to continue your career in Canada. Compare your qualifications with the requirements needed to work in that job in the province or territory where you’d like to live. This includes:

  • Licensing
  • Registration
  • Certifications
  • Decide what you need to do to meet those requirements.

You may also need to compare your language skills with those needed for your job.

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Contact a regulatory body:

Contact the regulatory body or apprenticeship authority for your profession in your province or territory. They will tell you what you need to do to get a licence or certification.

You’ll have to prove to them that you meet the same standards that people trained in Canada meet. This is shown through your:

  • Training
  • Experience
  • Other skills

In many cases, you can have your education credentials assessed and begin applying for a licence or certificate before you leave your home country. The regulatory body or apprenticeship authority can tell you what steps you can take before you arrive in Canada.