Foreign credentials are any documents that can attest to completion of an educational program that certifies gained knowledge in a particular area such as school diplomas, academic transcripts, occupational certifications. The documents are called foreign credentials because they are issued from outside of Canada.
Foreign qualifications is similar to foreign credentials but also includes work experience. Some people use the term foreign qualifications and foreign credentials to mean the same thing.
Foreign qualification recognition is the process of verifying that the knowledge, skills, work experience and education earned in another country compare to the standards established for Canadian professionals (such as health care workers) and tradespersons (such as electricians).
Anyone who was trained outside of Canada, whether they are Canadian or foreign-born, may expect questions about their foreign documents from employers, immigration officers or academic institutions.
Professions are divided into two categories, regulated and non-regulated.
In non-regulated occupations, employers determine whether your qualifications will match the requirements of the specific job. You should always check with what an employer’s expectations are for a job. The employer may decide whether you need to have an independent assessment of your educational credentials or past work experience.
In regulated occupations, you need to be certified and registered by a regulatory authority that establishes and upholds occupational standards. Each profession requires different standards for entering practice.
Assessment agencies provide employment and educational evaluation services and compare them to credentials in Canada. Assessments services are designed to increase access to the job market, educational institutions and professional regulatory organizations. For more information, visit any of the following websites:
Yukon's portal for Internationally Educated health Professionals - Find the information and tools you need if you are thinking of a health career in Yukon.
Planning to work in Yukon, Canada? An essential workbook for newcomers published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
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