As part of its mandate, the Council started accrediting Immigration Practitioners Programs (IPPs) across Canada in 2011 to prepare prospective RCICs to sit the Entry-to-Practice Exam (EPE).
Phasing out of the IPPs
On May 1, 2019, the Council announced Queen’s University as the accredited English provider of a new Graduate Diploma which will require prospective RCICs to have a higher level of knowledge and education credentials.
Queen’s University competency-based Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law (GDipICL) will launch in January 2021.
- Cut-off date to register into the IPPs is July 31, 2020.
- Students will be able to start their studies after the cut-off date, but will have to graduate by December 31, 2022, time at which IPP-accredited educational institutions will stop offering the program.
- Students will be permitted to sit the Entry-to-Practice Exam up to three years after graduating from an IPP. However, upon graduation of the first cohort of students from the Graduate Diploma, the Entry-to-Practice Exam will be updated to reflect the new Essential Competency Profile for RCICs.
The Council is not accepting any new IPP Accreditation Applications.