Alberta is a western province, and with an estimated population of 4,145,992 (Oct 1, 2014) is Canada’s fourth-most populous province and most populous of the three prairie provinces. Alberta is one of only two provinces that are land-locked. Edmonton, the capital city of Alberta, is located near the geographic centre of the province. Calgary is Alberta’s largest city. Both Calgary and Edmonton metropolitan areas have populations exceeding one million. Alberta’s industries such as oil and gas, keep its economy strong and steady. ( and wikipedia)

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Athabasca University PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in Athabasca University Resources, tools for
Immigrant students and practitioners
Extraordinary resources including PLAR document templates, how to guides
Tel: 780.675.6348
Toll free in Canada & US: 1.800.788.9041 x 6348
Online contact form
Pre-arrival Program Immigrants AU is a member of Canadian Virtual University, which permits eligible individuals to begin their university program prior to arriving in Canada.
Bow Valley College PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in Bow Valley College Students can take a challenge exam to show their level of knowledge to receive credit for the respective course(s). Fees apply. Email:
Resources and services Immigrants Comprehensive web and in-person resources and services. Services include a career resource centre, workshops (including some targeted for engineers, geoscientists and nurses), career coaching support, study groups and industry networking sessions. Resources include profession information, exploring labour market information and pre-immigration tips. Bow Valley College is also a Focal Point Partner for CIIP clients. Website:
Tel: 403.770.5155 or toll free 1.877.297.2553
Bridging Program Immigrants – Engineers, IT professionals, Accountants, Office Administrators, Technicians and Drafters Corporate Readiness Training Program provides language upgrading and Canadian work experience. Fees apply.
Tel: 403.410.1400
Bredin – Centre for Learning Bridging Program Immigrants – Pharmacists International Pharmacy Bridging Program provides seminars, workshops and clinical role play scenarios that develop and hone professional knowledge and patient counseling skills. In addition, students gain valuable workplace experience while engaged in ~500 hours of the Alberta College of Pharmacists’ structured practical training. Successful students are prepared to challenge the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualification Exam Part II. Fees apply. Tel: 403.261.5775Email:
Bridging Program Immigrants – Engineers & Architects Building Information Modeling Program bridges internally-educated engineers and architects into professional jobs in a new specialty area within their general field of study. Program includes Computer-Aided Design (CAD), essential of building science and Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) software applications. Fees apply. Tel: 403.261.5775Email:
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) Training Programs Immigrants Programs include Drilling Rig-Hand, Electrician Upgrading and Certification, Engineering and Technology Upgrading, Millwright Pre-Apprenticeship Sheet Metal Worker, Seismic, Service Rig-Hand, Power Engineering Gordana Radan, Manager
Tel: 4003-262-2006Email: or through Online Info Request Form
Bridging Program Immigrants – Electricians Electrician Upgrading and Certification Program provides training at CCIS in WHMIS, First Aid and CPR; and at SAIT Polytechnic in Canadian Electrical Code, Programmable Logic Controller and Fire Alarm System Installation. Tel: 403.290.5127
Bridging Program Immigrants – Environmental Occupations Related to the Energy Sector Provides necessary English skills, business communication skills, occupation-specific language skills and job search strategies to secure employment commensurate with their skills and qualifications. Tel: 403.290.5431
Service Immigrants Focal Point Partner for CIIP clients, CCIS provides overseas advisory services; offers newcomer services towards a seamless transition to in-Canada settlement and labor market integration; facilitates access to language assessment and training, volunteer programs and employment services and programs; and provides financial guidance. Tel: 403.262.2006


Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association Bridging the Gap for Foreign Trained Accountants Professional immigrant women with accounting and/or finance background Bridging the Gap for Foreign Trained Accountants program provides job search skills training, basic accounting and software training, career planning and Canadian work experience. Email:
Office Administration Program for Immigrant Women Professional immigrant women with previous administration experience and basic computer knowledge Office Administration Program provides enhanced language training, job skills development including advanced Microsoft Office Suite training, one-on-one career planning and job search support. Email:
Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation Immigrant women seeking certification in community interpretation and translation Labour Market Bridging for Volunteers: Interpretation and Translation program provides women with training and national certification in community interpretation and translation. Email:
Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council Resources and services Immigrants In addition to on-line resources, provides internationally trained professionals with mentoring opportunities, core competency workshops, and connections with profession-specific, sector-specific, sector-specific and employer-specific experts who can assist, guide and advise ITPs on their next steps toward employment. Tel: 587.894.7583
Centre for Newcomers (Calgary) Service Immigrants Personalized assistance from a Career Development Practitioner, who will help you to clarify and work toward your career goal. Tel: 403.569.3325
Bridging Program Immigrants – Accountants Business Communication for Accountants provides business English, computer and accounting courses (from an accredited educational institution) and work experience. Tel: 403.569.3339
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Bridging Program Immigrants – Engineers & Technologists Engineers’ and Technologists’ Integration Program (ETIP) assists internationally educated engineering professionals to integrate into Alberta’s engineering workplace. Participants learn how the Canadian engineering workplace functions and how to fit in and communicate with colleagues, they adapt their technical skills to Canadian standards and practices, and search for jobs in their field. Tel: 780.421.7400
Bridging Program Immigrants – Accountants Accountants’ Bridging Program facilitates the professional accreditation and labour market access of internationally educated accountants through training which meets local business demand by developing participants’ English language proficiency and assisting in their adapting and improving of previously learned skills to Canadian standards. Tel: 780.421.7400
Services Immigrants Focal Point Partner for CIIP clients, EMCN provides overseas advisory services; offers newcomer services towards a seamless transition to in-Canada settlement and labor market integration; facilitates access to language assessment and training, volunteer programs and employment services and programs; and provides financial guidance. Tel: 780.424.7709
Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council Resources and services Immigrants Online resources on careers, credential assessment, education and training, immigration, language support and settlement. Services include career mentoring and networking. Tel: 780.497.8866
ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization) Bridging Program Immigrants – Environmental Sector Environmental Immigrant Bridging Program provides training related to essential skills, professional workplace culture and sector-specific language. Following training, students participate in work exposure opportunities. Tel: 403.233.0748
Grant MacEwan University PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in GMU PLAR assessment may include written challenge exam, oral exam or interview, performance assessment and/or portfolio assessment. Fees apply. Tel: 780.497.5140
International Qualifications Assessment Service Credential Evaluation Service Immigrants Provides an educational assessment service that compares educational qualifications from other countries to Albertan educational standards. Fees apply. Edmonton Area – Tel: 780.427.2665
Rest of Alberta – Toll-free: 310-0000 (ask for 427-2655)
Mount Royal University PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in Mount Royal University Prior learning is assessed through any one of the following methods or some combination of them: formal exams, course equivalencies and/or documentation and demonstration of achievement through portfolio assessment, simulation assessment, interviews and practical demonstrations. Discuss individual learning with a Collaboration and Articulation Officer, and submit an Application for PLAR form to the Office of the Registrar. Fees apply. Tel: 403.440.6875
Bridging Program Immigrants – Nurses Bridge to Canadian Nursing Certificate program provides an introduction to Canadian nursing practice, professional communication skills, professional terminology, clinical judgment skills and an understanding of human responses in health and illness. Tel: 403.440.6074
Program Immigrants Mount Royal University is a member of Canadian Virtual University, which permits eligible individuals to begin their university program prior to arriving in Canada.
Norquest College – Edmonton PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in Norquest College Health Care Aide PLAR is a certification process for individuals who have directly related work experience in the past 3 years, but do not have a certificate currently recognized in Alberta. Fees apply. Tel: 780.644.6370
Service Immigrants Focal Point Partner for CIIP clients, who are encouraged to connect with Student Career and Employment Services for information and advice on education and training options, as well as counseling on professional and career goals. They also make referrals to other educational institutions, professional bodies and online supports based on the client’s specific occupational needs and destination. Tel: 780.644.6160
SAIT Polytechnic PLAR -> Institution Credits Immigrant Enrolled in SAIT Credit assessment for the recognition of prior learning is conducting through work experience and/or challenge exams. Downloadable documents: PLAR Application Form, RPL Policy, Recognition of Prior Non-Formal and Informal Learning Procedure, Challenge Exam Procedure. Not all SAIT course are available for PLAR credit. Fees apply. Tel: 403.284.7025Email:
Bridging Program Immigrants – Advanced technical credential who are interested in teaching Ready to Teach provides language upgrading and institutional skills training, classroom observations and mentoring and a practicum with a post-secondary educational institution. Fess apply Email:
Bridging program Immigrants – Information Technology Workplace Communication for IT Professionals provides communications and language training as well as a practicum in the workplace. Fees apply.
YWCA Calgary Bridging Program Immigrants Canadian Employment Skills Program provides a combination of Canadian work skills training (English communication skills, Canadian culture and workplace information and basic computer training) and work experience. Tel: 403.232.1580Email:
Windmill Microlending Financial Assistance Immigrants Provide micro-loans of up to $15,000 to cover the costs of short-term training, exam fees with a professional governing association, qualification assessments and professional association fees. Email:
Toll Free: 1-855-423-2262
Working in Alberta Resources Immigrants Information on regulated professions in Alberta.

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