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Université de Montréal to offer graduate diploma for immigration consultants

Tuesday, January 05, 2021 @ 12:46 PM | By John Chunn

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) announced that Université de Montréal has been designated as the sole accredited French language provider of the new graduate diploma program. As previously announced, Queen’s University is the accredited English provider. Since Aug. 1, 2020, the graduate diploma program is the only pathway for individuals who want to become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs).

“ICCRC is pleased that the Université de Montréal will be joining alongside Queen’s University in offering the graduate diploma,” Stanislav Belevici, chair of the ICCRC board of directors, said in a press release. “This is an important turning point in ICCRC’s education requirements for new RCICs.”

The French graduate diploma program, the D.E.S.S. en réglementation canadienne et québécoise de l’immigration, will be offered by the Faculté de droit and the Faculté de l’éducation permanente and is set to launch in the fall of 2021. Queen’s graduate diploma in immigration and citizenship law (GDipICL), offered by the Faculty of Law, will launch in January 2021. Both competency-based programs will be delivered primarily online and include an optional blended format.

As a result of the launch of the new graduate diploma program, Immigration Practitioners Programs (IPPs) are being phased out. Students enrolled in an IPP will have to graduate by Dec. 31, 2022, at which time IPP accredited educational institutions will stop offering the program.

Students will nevertheless be permitted to sit the entry to practice exam (EPE) up to three years after graduating from an IPP. However, upon graduation of the first cohort of students from the graduate diploma program, the EPE will be updated to reflect the new essential competencies for RCICs. February 2022 will be the last administration of the current EPE and the launch of the new upgraded exam.

“Enhancing education requirements is a key priority of ICCRC as we transition to the college,” said John Murray, president and CEO of ICCRC. “The new graduate diploma sets a higher standard of professional obligations and will enhance the service that RCICs provide and the public’s trust in the profession.”