Navigating your Career Path as a Newcomer in Canada

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To practice in your line of work in Canada, most regulated professions require you to get re-certified. Contact immigrant-serving organizations in your province to find out about bridge training and education programs available to give you a head start. Here are registration guidelines for some Federal skilled worker (Express Entry) Skill level A professions.

Regulated Professions

1. Engineering

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Equivalent to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Canada has 12 provincial and territorial engineering regulators. To be a professional engineer (P.Eng.), you need to become licensed by a provincial or territorial engineering association. Depending on your level of experience, you will be offered either the Engineer-in-Training or Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) membership. Your engineering undergraduate program from Nigeria must also be recognized as equivalent to a Canadian accredited four-year undergraduate degree in order to meet licensure requirements. In the case that you do not meet academic requirements, bridging programs or university courses can be utilized. The final step to becoming a professional engineer (P.Eng.) after your application has been assessed and approved is writing examinations in either one or all of three categories.

2. nursing

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There are three regulated nursing professions in Canada. These are licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). Equivalent to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), Canada has 12 provincial and territorial nursing regulators responsible for nursing registration and licensure. Application to become registered by internationally educated nurses (IENs) involves an assessment by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) in most provinces and territories. Bridging the gap education could also be required in order to meet competency based assessment. The final step to becoming registered after your application has been assessed and approved is writing provincial or territory specific licensing exam. If the process to continue practicing as a nurse in Canada sounds complicated to you, remember that 7.2 percent of the Canadian regulated nursing workforce is comprised of internationally educated nurses (IENs). If they can do it, so can you.

3. Accounting

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Accountants are in high demand in Canada as their services are needed by both individuals and businesses. Spring and summer season is their peak period as Canadians and self-employed individuals are required to file their taxes. Represented by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), Canada has three legacy accounting bodies. These are the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA Canada) and the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada). Equivalent to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), there are 12 provincial and territorial accounting regulators. After your application has been assessed, becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) may require one or more of the following steps within the CPA Certification Program:

If you are curious about how much you could be earning in Canada within your line of profession, you should check it out on the payscale website. As for bridging the gap programs available? Well that’s another blog post for another time. Share, comment and subscribe.