May 17, 2021

Relocating to Canada is a dream come true for many immigrants. However, the dream can get somewhat deflated when they start to experience barriers/challenges with credential recognition and securing gainful employment.

The bar chart below includes some of the top barriers to employment, experienced by internationally trained individuals in 2019.

WES Chart 2019

Are you experiencing some of these barriers already? You have come to the right place. LET US HELP YOU overcome these barriers.

The Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Program can provide direction and clarity on your intended or alternate profession so that you can overcome barriers and become successful in your career path in Ontario.

Here are some frequently asked questions by newcomer professionals:

1. What is a credential evaluation? Which institutions provide this service?

Credential evaluation is the process of having your degrees, diplomas or skilled trades experience assessed and recognized in Canada. If you hold educational qualification(s) from outside of Canada, they can be submitted to one of the credential assessment service providers in Ontario as follows:

WES (World Education Service)

ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service of Canada)

2. I hold an international educational qualification for a regulated profession in Ontario. What is my next step?

If you hold an international educational qualification pertaining to a regulated profession in Ontario, the respective regulatory body in Ontario will assess your education, training and work experience.

For example, if you are an internationally trained nurse, your education from outside of Canada will be assessed by NNAS* and CNO**, instead of having it assessed by WES or ICAS.

*National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS).

**CNO (College of Nurses in Ontario)

3. What are professional regulatory bodies?

Professional regulatory bodies in Ontario determine the education, training and license required to work in a particular profession in Ontario.  Please click on the link below to find the regulatory body that is associated with your profession:

4. How much does the credential assessment and recognition cost?

The credential assessment and recognition cost will vary depending on each profession. The FCR Loans program has developed career maps for regulated and non-regulated professions, which also includes the associated costs. Reach out to us to explore further.

5. I am ready to take the next step to get my career started. What should I do?

Reach out to the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans (FCR Loans) program at Achēv.

We assist internationally trained individuals with a low-interest financial loan, which can be used towards credential assessment and recognition costs. We also provide free career counselling and guidance, which can help you secure your ideal/dream job.

Get started today and connect with us via

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