Canada is a country built and enriched by immigrants, and immigration continues to be an important facet of Canadian culture. The UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) prepares you to deliver excellent service and sound advice on immigration issues. After this program you can expect to have gained the practical, theoretical and ethical understanding required to become a regulated immigration consultant, or to start and operate a professional immigration consulting business. Successful completion of the CILPP program prepares you for the next step to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant: taking the ICCRC Full Skills examination.
- Next program starts September 2015 (blended and 100% online)
- Programs start each January or September
- Can be taken part-time in nine months or six months (accelerated)
- The program format can be taken 100% online or in a blended format. The blended program is in-class (Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm) at UBC Robson Square and includes online learning (September intake only)
- Requires completion of seven modules
- Program costs C$5,670, plus a $175 non-refundable application fee. Pay by the earlybird deadline to save $245.
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The UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures (CILPP) program is accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), as well as the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) for Continuing Professional Development hours. The program is the first step toward becoming a regulated immigration consultant in Canada, and prepares students for the ICCRC national regulatory exam which is required to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). UBC CILPP program graduates have a very high passing rate on the national regulatory exam.
The program will give you the following:
- a respected standard of education in immigration practice that meets the educational requirements of professional organizations and ICCRC
- the practical, theoretical and ethical understanding to start and operate a professional business practice in immigration
- the skills to be a self-directed learner while developing a network of fellow immigration professionals to draw upon in your professional practice.
Who It’s For
This program is designed for any individual who wishes to practise immigration consulting. A wide range of professionals in the area of immigration will benefit from this program, including immigration practitioners, lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, staff of non-profit organizations, educators working with international students, and human resources professionals.
To obtain the UBC Certificate in Immigration Laws, Policies and Procedures, you are required to complete all seven modules. The CILPP Program can be taken 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.
The online CILPP format is designed to give students the flexibility to complete all seven modules online. You are strongly encouraged to complete all seven modules in sequence. The Introduction to Immigration module must be taken first, while the Practical Skills module is taken last. All seven modules must be completed within three years. The online CILPP part-time program is offered twice a year, starting in September and in January.
The blended CILPP program format 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 blended program runs from September to June. Each module is between five and seven weeks in length. You are strongly encouraged to complete all seven modules in sequence. The Introduction to Immigration module must be taken first, while the Practical Skills module must be taken last. All seven modules must be completed within three years.
You are assessed on each module according to UBC and ICCRC assessment guidelines to ensure successful acquisition of required skills and concepts.
To graduate from the UBC CILPP program, you must complete all seven required modules (including Modules 1 to 6 exams and Module 7 final project), and achieve an overall average of 70% across Modules 1 to 7.
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. You will be provided with additional required reading material for each class, including examples of immigration cases. There is no need to purchase any textbooks.
In order to participate in the UBC CILPP program, you will need to have access to a computer, an email account, and the Internet. You will be provided with online access to UBC's online learning software.
UBC Continuing Studies strongly recommends that students have the following technology requirements to keep up with the program and complete projects and assignments online.
This program consists of seven modules. All modules provide opportunities to practise 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.
To register for the CILPP program fee (Modules 1 to 7), please click here.
To register for the CILPP per module fee, click the "More" button after each of the modules below.
CILPP Part-Time Program (nine months)
|Module 1: Introduction to Immigration Law, Policy and History||Sep 8-Oct 13, 6:30-9:30pm (includes mandatory orientation from 6:00-6:30pm)||Sep 22-Oct 25||Jan 19-Feb 21||More|
|Module 2: Temporary Entry to Canada||Oct 20-Nov 24, 6:30-9:30pm||Oct 27-Dec 6||Feb 23-Apr 3||More|
|Module 3: Economic Classes, including Provincial Nominee Programs||Dec 1-Jan 19, 6:30-9:30pm (no classes Dec 22 and Dec 29)||Dec 8-Jan 31, (break between Dec 21 and Jan 3)||Apr 5-May 15||More|
|Module 4: Family Classes||Jan 26-Feb 23, 6:30-9:30pm||Feb 2-Mar 6||May 17-Jun 19||More|
|Module 5: Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications, Appeals and Detentions||Mar 1-Mar 29, 6:30-9:30pm||Mar 8-Apr 10||Jun 21-Jul 24||More|
|Module 6: Refugee Protection||Apr 5-May 17, 6:30-9:30pm||Apr 14-Jun 1||Jul 28-Sep 13||More|
|Module 7: Practical Skills||May 24-Jun 21, 6:30-9:30pm||May 31-Jun 26||Sep 13-Oct 9||More|
CILPP Part-time Accelerated Program (six months)
Combination of the online Fall/Winter and Winter/Summer schedules. Please note overlapping of module dates.
|Module 1 - Introduction to Immigration Law, Policy and History||Jan 19-Feb 21||More|
|Module 2 - Temporary Entry to Canada||Feb 23-Apr 3||More|
|Module 5 - Humanitarian and Compassionate Applications, Appeals and Detentions||Mar 8-Apr 10||More|
|Module 3: Economic Classes, including Provincial Nominee Programs||Apr 5-May 15||More|
|Module 6: Refugee Protection||Apr 12-May 29||More|
|Module 4: Family Classes||May 17-Jun 19||More|
|Module 7 - Practical Skills||May 31-Jun 26||More|
Courses in the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures are taught by lawyers and practitioners highly experienced in the field of immigration. Program 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.
The total tuition cost of the CILPP program is $5,670, plus a $175 non-refundable application fee. You can save $245 by paying by the earlybird deadline. Flexible payment methods are also available (pay per module at $880 per module). Earlybird discounts available for payment received three weeks before program or module start date. Fees are in Canadian dollars. All fees are subject to change.
All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Fees may be paid by Visa®, MasterCard® or bank draft.
Course fees include all course materials.
Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies
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.
Learners who withdraw from the CILPP program or module 21 days before the program or module start date will receive a full refund, less a $150 cancellation fee. If you withdraw with less than 21 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 practising medical physician in Canada), 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 or module after 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.
We will start accepting applications for the September 2015 intake in April 2015. To receive news and updates about this program, please subscribe to our email list.
The admissions process helps to ensure that the needs, intentions and expectations of participants are adequately matched to the program's objectives and capabilities.
Before applying to this program please read and understand the terms and conditions in the program handbook. 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 the 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.
Prospective students are encouraged to apply early, as the program fills quickly.
Step 1: Complete the Program Application Form
To apply to the UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures, please submit the following:
A completed online application form
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)
- Canadian passport (picture page)
- certificate of Indian Status card (Canada, front and back).
A copy of a transcript showing at least two years of successfully completed post-secondary education in Canada (or equivalent) OR a letter from an employer demonstrating a minimum of two 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 credential evaluation institution, and the original evaluation document must be forwarded to UBC Continuing Studies. Click here for a list of Canadian credential evaluation institutions. Processing time may take four to six weeks. The CILPP program only requires the “basic” credential evaluation report.
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.
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 this rigorous academic program. Below are listed some institutions at which you can complete the English language test. Please note that membership in ICCRC requires a higher minimum language score that is required in CILPP. Get more information on ICCRC’s language requirement.
Assessment Test Minimum Score for Each Competency
Overall band score of 5.5 with a minimum score of 5.0 in each component
Minimum score of 50 in each component (Reading; Listening; Speaking; Writing)
Minimum score of 4L in each component (Reading; Listening; Speaking; Writing)
81 (Composition; Listening; Grammar, Cloze, Vocabulary, Reading; Speaking)
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.
Application packages will not be reviewed until all required admissions documents have been received, including the foreign credential evaluation report, if applicable.
Step 2: Pay Application Fee with Application Submission
A $175 non-refundable application fee 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.
UBC 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 it is incomplete or if staff concludes that the applicant does not meet the language proficiency or other prerequisites of the program, as indicated by the applicant’s submitted materials.
Step 4: Pay Tuition Fees
Approved applicants are advised of tuition payment options by email within two weeks of receipt. Your seat is not guaranteed until tuition is received. We cannot guarantee a seat in the course until steps one through three have been completed.