"I was very impressed by how UBC [Continuing Studies] ran the CILPP program as well as with the instructors. I felt the sense of excellence they want to promote and instill on their students. The materials, especially online narratives, were a great help with my review for the ICCRC exam. I did not need to enroll in an exam prep training with any institution. What I learned and gained from the UBC CILPP program and from their instructors prepared me enough to pass the exam. With arsenals of knowledge and skills from the program, I'm now setting up my own immigration consulting business. I am proud to be a UBC CILPP program graduate."
Gina Lozano, Lozano Immigration Consulting, CILPP Graduate (2011)
"I was able to get a full-time position at a private college, combining my UBC Immigration Certificate and my background in healthcare. Currently I am teaching healthcare programs, as well as assisting international students with their work/study permit applications at local CIC offices.
I am grateful to have supportive instructors who are immigration experts. Our instructors always found time to answer questions and give concise answers in class. I maintained contacts with our instructors after graduation, and I continue to learn more about immigration from them. I learned to be resourceful, and how to equip myself with appropriate information and contacts.
The modular instruction, online learning, tutorials, and case studies are effective methods to learn about immigration. Students also learn from the instructors who are experts in various immigration categories."
Kathlyn Palafox, Instructor, Sprott-Shaw Community College-Vancouver, CILPP Graduate (2008)
"I would like to recommend the UBC Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program to anyone contemplating a career in the Immigration Consulting business. The courses were creatively designed to be both informative and fun, including many of the entertaining elements offered in the basic principles and history of migrating peoples from around the world that make up the cultural diversity of Canada today. Each of the six modules had the participants engage in interactive discussions that help to direct the workshops toward issues that are important to them.
Hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, case studies, guest lecturers from Law Firms, Cross Border Services Agencies, and Immigration Review Board Officials made the course extremely interesting. In each module, every participant received handouts with background information and suggestions from how to interview clients to how to market an immigration practice from a start-up perspective.
Workshops ended with a thorough introduction to the available educational resources in those particular subjects and each lecturer from attorneys to practitioners were proven experts in their field.
Great value for the money and I can attest to this as I am now making a living as an Immigration Consultant since graduating from the class in 2006."
Edward Dennis, PhD, Founder, Dennis & Zhang Immigration Service Online, Ltd.www.immigrationserviceonline.com, IPCP Graduate (2006)
"My investment in the IPCP program was well worth it. The course was thorough and provided the solid foundation needed to start my own business and consult for other law firms. The instructors were knowledgeable and shared their personal experiences, which complimented the theory discussed in class. I especially appreciated the network established and friendships built during the 11 months."
Ronith Ang, Allied Immigration Canada IPCP Graduate (2005)
"The program has been and continues to be the most influential factor in shaping the character of my professional work. On an individual level it has created a solid foundation and a desire for continual pursuit of excellence in my consulting work. On a collective level it has contributed to the elevation of the stature of the profession and establishment of higher standards of practice.
It has been an opportunity to learn from and be associated with the dedicated teachers, instructors and organizers of the program. In addition, through membership at the alumni association, I have enjoyed the benefit of association with a network of supportive colleagues. Participation in the program has been the most comprehensive and rewarding step I have taken towards professional development during my past twenty years of practice.
I have no hesitation to recommend the same with confidence to all my practicing colleagues and aspiring new comers."
Mansour Motamedi, ICCRC Member, IPCP Graduate (2001)
"The Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program is an excellent program and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to pursue a career in immigration.
The Program gave me a very good understanding of the subject and equipped me with all the tools required to practice as an immigration consultant. The materials provided for the program were exceptional and I found them to be great reference tools. Everything was well explained in the materials and I discovered that the act and regulations were continuously upgraded, whenever necessary, and therefore we had up to date information.
The instructors delivered excellent lectures, were ever willing to help and answer questions and the administrative staff were extremely well organized and very supportive. I had the opportunity to share the knowledge with my colleagues in the class and as a result have created an ongoing rapport with them.
I received full support throughout the program, especially through the coming of the new act, writing of all the exams, taking an upgrade course for IRPA, all the way to obtaining my full membership.
The course has equipped me to conduct business in immigration and I consider myself very fortunate at having completed it."
Yasmin Esmail, Immigration Consultant, ICCRC and CAPIC Member,IPCP Graduate (2002)
"Both immigration legislation and the various processes that need to be followed by overseas nationals who want to study, work and live in Canada is complex and can be confusing for many people. The role that the immigration practitioner can play in the process is now more important than ever. Quality education and training is needed to ensure that practitioners are qualified to carry out their work effectively.
In my opinion the UBC program provides an excellent foundation to the subject as well as highly relevant instruction in those areas which are most important to the practitioner. Instruction is delivered by practicing professionals who not only treat the subject matter in an academic sense, but who provide practical and useful information that can readily be applied in practice.
The program is a demanding one as it should be, but people who are serious about their career as an immigration practitioner are likely to find the program will be of immense value."
Charles Burgess, BA, LLB, MBA, ICCRC Member, IPCP Graduate (2004)
"I recommend this program (IPCP) to everyone planning to work in the field of immigration.
After completion of the program at UBC, I gained full confidence and a better understanding of immigration acts and regulations, building detailed files and communicating without any problem with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), visa sections, and my clients around the globe.
The IPCP program was a very pleasurable and priceless experience for me to attend with experienced and dedicated admission staff, teaching assistants and instructors."
Ebrahim Najafabadi, ICCRC Member, IPCP Graduate (2003)