UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures


The UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) prepares students to impart excellent service and sound advice to clients, organizations and interested groups. Accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the CILPP program is the first step towards becoming a regulated immigration consultant in Canada, and graduates have a high passing rate on the national regulatory exam.

A wide range of professionals who work in the area of immigration will benefit from the program, including immigration practitioners, lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants, staff of non-profit organizations and human resources professionals.

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The UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures offers many advantages to participants who want to gain the skills and knowledge required to practice immigration. The program features the following advantages:

Rhonda Williams, a CILPP instructor, describes the various types of job opportunities available for graduates.

Gabriel Chand, a CILPP instructor, discusses how the instructors are the greatest strength of the program.

  • A respected standard of education in immigration practice that meets the educational requirements of professional organizations and ICCRC. UBC is the only university in Canada to offer an immigration consultant program, and UBC graduates have one of the highest pass rates on the ICCRC full-skills exam.
  • The practical and business skills, as well as ethical understanding to start and operate a business in immigration consulting, or to incorporate these skills into your current work place.
  • High level of flexibility. Choose from online or in-class options.
Details and Fees

Program Format
To obtain the UBC Certificate in Immigration Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP), you are required to complete all seven course modules. The CILPP Program can be completed in two different formats. It can be taken in a 100% online format or a blended format, which includes classroom time (Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm) at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver.

Sophie Aubugeau, a CILPP graduate and a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, discusses why people take the program.

  • Online CILPP part-time program
    The online program allows you to complete all seven modules online. You are strongly encouraged to complete all seven modules in sequence. The modules must be completed within three years. This online program is designed to give students the ultimate flexibility to complete the program from anywhere in the world. Students are fully supported by instructors and interact with other students. The next online CILPP part-time program starts in the third week of September.
  • Blended CILPP part-time program
    The blended delivery combines in-class instruction with online learning. Classes take place at the UBC Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. The next blended CILPP part-time program starts in the first week of September.

Assessment/Grading Methods
You are assessed on each module according to UBC and ICCRC assessment guidelines to ensure you are successful in acquiring the skills and concepts needed to practice in the field of immigration consulting. Assessments include written assignments, quizzes, practical assignments and an examination at the end of each module. To graduate, you must complete all seven required modules, earning an average of 70%.

Program Fees
The total tuition cost of the Fall 2014 CILPP program is $5,460, plus a $150 non-refundable application fee. You can save $210 by paying by the early bird deadline. Flexible payment methods are also available (pay per module at $855 per module). Early bird discounts available for payment received three weeks before program or module start date. Fees are in Canadian dollars. All fees are subject to change. The withdrawal and cancellation policy is outlined in the program handbook (see Handbook section).

Reading Requirements
All required reading materials are included in the program fee. The primary readings for the program are the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. Students will need access to updated versions of both in the format of their choice. You will be provided with additional required reading materials for each class, including examples of immigration cases. There is no need to purchase any textbooks.

Technology Requirements
Broadband or wireless Internet connection is required to take this program. Computer operating systems must meet the following minimum specifications:
PC: Windows XP SP2 Home/Pro
Mac: Mac OS x 10.4.


This program consists of seven modules. All modules provide opportunities to practice critical thinking as well as develop oral and written communication skills, including filling out immigration application forms, relevant to the field of immigration consulting. To enhance the shared learning experience and create a dynamic learning community, each module includes online group discussions and assignments. The goal is to encourage peer-to-peer learning and to develop a strong community of inquiry among participants.

You must successfully apply for the program before you can register for the modules.

2014-2015 CILPP Dates and Curriculum

To register for the CILPP program fee (Modules 1 to 7), click here.
To register for the CILPP per module fee, click the "More" button after each of the modules.

Module Blended (In-class and Online) Fully Online
Module 1: Introduction to Immigration Law, Policy and History 6 Tue, Sep 2-Oct 7, 2014, 6:00-9:30pm (includes mandatory orientation from 6:00-6:30pm) 5 weeks, Sep 23- Oct 27, 2014 More
Module 2: Temporary Entry to Canada 6 Tue, Oct 14-Nov 25, 2014, 6:30-9:30pm
(no class Nov 11)
6 weeks, Oct 28-Dec 8, 2014 More
Module 3: Economic Classes, including Provincial Nominee Programs 6 Tue, Dec 2-Jan 20, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm
(no classes Dec 23 and Dec 30)
6 weeks, Dec 9, 2014-Feb 2, 2015
(break between Dec 24 and Jan 5)
Module 4: Family Classes 5 Tue, Jan 27-Feb 24, 2015, 6:30-9:30pm 5 weeks, Feb 3-Mar 9, 2015 More
Module 5: Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications, Appeals and Detentions 5 Tue, Mar 3-Mar 31, 6:30-9:30pm 5 weeks, Mar 10-Apr 13, 2015
Module 6: Refugee Protection 7 Tue, Apr 7-May 19, 6:30-9:30pm 7 weeks, Apr 14-June 1, 2015
Module 7: Practical Skills 6 Tue, May 26-Jun 23, 6:30-9:30pm 4 weeks, Jun 2-Jun 29, 2015

Please note that an online exam is scheduled on the evening of the last day of each module (on a Monday) for modules 1-6.


Before applying to this program you must read and understand the terms and conditions in the program handbook. Please download and read the handbookPDF carefully as it contains important information about the program and its policies.

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The UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures is taught by lawyers and practitioners highly experienced in the field of immigration. UBC's instructors are members in good standing of the Canadian Bar Association or of ICCRC and have a broad scope of experience and knowledge in their area of immigration law, policy and procedures. They are able to draw upon a depth of examples, cases and practical experience from actively managing and conducting responsible and ethical practices of their own.

  • CHAND, Gabriel
  • EDELMANN, Peter
  • KENNEY, Joe
  • MCLEOD, Daniel Kenneth
  • NATSUHARA, Craig K.
  • SEDAI, Marina L.
  • WILLIAMS, Rhonda
Instructional Assistants
  • BEST, Laura
  • LEBEAU, Michael
  • MARCUS, Hein

Would you like to join our instructional team? Find out more.

How to Apply

Program Admission
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities. Applicants should read and thoroughly understand the program handbook before applying to the program. Please download and read the handbook carefully as it contains important information about the program and its policies.

Admission into the program requires all of the following four-steps. Please note that the submission of online application form and application fee does not guarantee a seat in the program if it has filled to capacity before the four-step application process is completed.

The next offering of the program will be September 2014. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early, as the program fills quickly.

Withdrawal and Cancellation Policies
Learners who withdraw from the CILPP program 60 days before the program start date will receive a full refund, less a $150 cancellation fee.

If you withdraw with less than 60 days notice, you should notify UBC Continuing Studies in writing of the reasons for the withdrawal. After this date, tuition fees are non-refundable, except for serious reasons such as bereavement or a documented medical condition (supported by a doctor's letter from a practicing medical physician of the British Columbia Medical Association), in which case the refund will be processed on a pro-rated basis for the unfinished portion of the program. The refund will be pro-rated from the time the doctor's letter is received by the administrative staff and the $150 cancellation fee will apply.

Should the learner decide to return to complete the remainder of the program subsequent to his/her withdrawal, applicable tuition fees will be in accordance with the most current tuition fees, and not that of the cohort for which he/she first registered. Students are expected to complete the CILPP program within three years. Otherwise, upgrading of knowledge may be required to meet the education requirements of ICCRC.

Course Cancellations
UBC Continuing Studies may sometimes cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment or other reasons. If this occurs, a refund is processed and mailed automatically. UBC Continuing Studies does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered at a particular time.

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Step 1: Receipt of a Completed Online Program Application

To apply to the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures, please submit the following:

  1. A completed online application form

  2. Proof of Canadian citizenship, or permanent residency status (one of the following):
    • Birth certificate (if born in Canada)
    • Canadian Citizenship Card (front and back)
    • Permanent Resident Card (front and back)
    • Certificate of Indian Status Card (Canada, front and back)

  3. An original transcript showing at least two (2) years of successfully-completed post-secondary education in Canada (or equivalent) OR a letter from an employer demonstrating a minimum of two (2) years of Canadian work experience related to the field of immigration.

    • Foreign transcripts (i.e., from any educational institution outside of Canada) must be evaluated by an accredited institution, and the original evaluation document must be forwarded to UBC Continuing Studies. Contact International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) for a basic report, at 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC. Telephone: 604.432.8800 or email icesinfo@bcit.ca. Processing time may take four to six weeks.

    • The letter from an employer must specifically outline the applicant's immigration-related duties and what the applicant has learned through this work. Applicants must submit an original letter, on letterhead, signed by the employer. Reference letters will be verified by UBC.

  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency

    An English language test and minimum score are required of all CILPP applicants. This is a mandatory program entry requirement of ICCRC and helps ensure that learners are prepared to succeed in our rigorous academic program. Applicants are required to have proof of one of the following (or equivalent) tests:
Assessment Test Minimum Score for Each Competency
International English Language Testing System (IELTS -Academic) Overall band score of 5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component
Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) Minimum score of 50 in each component (Reading; Listening; Speaking; Writing)
Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-A)* Minimum score of 4L in each component (Reading; Listening; Speaking; Writing)
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 81 (Composition; Listening; Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary, Reading; Speaking)
CANTEST 4.0 in each component (Listening and Reading, Writing, Speaking)

*applicants to the CILPP program are eligible for a $50 discount on the CELPIP-A test registration fee. Click here for details.

Please note that membership in ICCRC accepts only the English language tests listed above and requires a slightly higher minimum language score than is needed upon entry into the UBC CILPP Program.

For more information on ICCRC’s language requirement, visit their website.

Step 2: Payment of Application Fee with Application Submission

A non-refundable application fee of $150 must accompany your application. It is preferable to make your payment online using Visa or Mastercard. Please indicate on your application form the transaction number of your online payment if you use this method. Otherwise, a bank draft payable to UBC with your application materials can be mailed to the following address.

Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures
Centre for Intercultural Communication
UBC Continuing Studies
410-5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Step 3: Review and Acceptance of Completed Application Materials

CILPP program staff will review completed application materials in the order they are received. Applicants will be notified by email if their application materials are accepted or declined. An application may be declined if staff concludes that the applicant does not meet the language proficiency or other prerequisites of the program, as indicated by the applicants' submitted materials.

Step 4: Tuition Payment

Approved applicants will be advised of tuition payment options by email within two weeks of receipt. Your seat will not be guaranteed until tuition is received. We cannot guarantee a seat in the course until steps one to three above have been completed.



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