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Ashton’s Immigration Consultant Diploma (IMCD) is offered to meet the education requirements for practising immigration consultants. Our longstanding accreditation by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and multiple success stories from our alumni demonstrate the quality of our curriculum and faculty.
This program is designed to equip individuals with knowledge about immigration law and policy, immigration classes and temporary status, refugees and rules of professional conduct, as well as their practical application.
Ashton’s Immigration Consultant Diploma program is recognized as one of the leading immigration practitioners’ programs in Canada today. Producing over 200 graduates in its first year, the program has since evolved to accommodate the growing demand. Today, the IMCD program is offered in-class at Vancouver and Abbotsford campuses, and LIVE online via interactive webinars.
With the introduction of IMCD Online in 2011, our program has reached students from all over the globe, giving them an opportunity to attend classes, interact with instructors and make connections with their classmates in real time.
As we are approaching the ten-year anniversary of the program, we celebrate these milestones. But most importantly, we celebrate the countless lives that we have transformed, and dreams that were made real.
Accredited by ICCRC
This program is accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and meets the academic requirements for full membership with the ICCRC. For more information on becoming a Regulated Immigration Consultant, please visit the ICCRC website.
The Immigration Consultant Diploma Program is structured into ten (10) courses that train students to assess, advise and represent individuals, groups and entities in the immigration process. Students learn how to strategize, prepare and present oral and written submissions and supporting documents, as well as to advocate with government bodies on behalf of clients.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
This program is accredited by the ICCRC and meets the academic requirements for full ICCRC membership. Upon completion of the requirements and conditions laid down by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), individuals become Regulated Immigration Consultants who can provide their services to the newcomers seeking help in navigating immigration issues in Canada. This may include obtaining advice or assistance with permanent residence applications, temporary residence and visa applications or refugee claims.
Applicants must be:
- University or college graduates (graduates of a two- or three-year program); or individuals with two years of post-secondary education or equivalent; or individuals with a minimum of two years of related work experience; and
- Proficient in English (please see policy 1002).
Prior Learning Assessment:
It is the policy to grant credit for a course on the basis of prior learning acquired through formal studies or professional, work or life experience (please see policy 1017).
Please note that international students are not eligible to write the ICCRC exam until they obtain their Canadian Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship. International students can still take the Immigration Consultant Diploma to meet the ICCRC education requirement.
This program is offered both in-class and LIVE online.
- In-class: delivered from our Vancouver and Abbotsford campuses.
- Online: delivered LIVE online through face-to-face instructor-led webinars using Adobe Connect and Google Apps.
- Full-time: 20 hours of instruction per week, 4 hours per day.
- Part-time: minimum 8 hours of instruction per week, twice a week.
Full-time: February 26, 2018 – August 23, 2018
- Classes are held Monday to Friday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
Full-time: January 8, 2018 – July 10, 2018
- Classes are held Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Part-time: April 3, 2018 – March 9, 2019
Full-time: January 15, 2018 – July 30, 2018
- Webinars are held Monday to Friday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.
Part-time: March 6, 2018 – April 18, 2019
- Webinars are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
IMCD 01: Principles of Immigration Law and Policy
This course provides an introduction to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Students will explore the history of immigration to Canada, the historical and constitutional views. They will study the constitutional and judicial framework applied to Canadian immigration policy, the structure, regulations and the policy-making process of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the sources of immigration law, trade agreements and family classes.
IMCD 02: Economic Classes
This course examines the requirements, criteria and procedures to process applications for economic classes.
IMCD 03: Temporary Residents
During this course, students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze the different types of permits, rules, requirements and applications for temporary resident visas.
IMCD 04: Refugee Classes
This course deals with the process of a refugee claim. Students will analyze the principles, legal characteristics and requirements established to assist and represent a client as a Convention Refugee or as a Person in Need of Protection. Students will also learn about removal orders and analyze the Refugee Protection Division Rules.
IMCD 05: Client Representation
This course provides students with useful information and skills related to practical client services. It develops the concepts and applications of effective communication skills and interpersonal skills as fundamental strengths necessary for client interaction. Students learn how to assist applicants applying under any immigration class and how to determine their admissibility. A variety of other topics is also covered, including prescribed forms and print and online resource materials. Students gain practical experience in representing clients at a wide variety of hearings, including appeals, admissibility hearings, examinations, judicial reviews, refugee hearings and pre-removal risk assessment applications.
IMCD 06: Professional Practice Management
The course is designed to guide students in the preparation of a business plan, providing information about a business operation, financial aspects of consulting immigration and human resources management. Students will also develop knowledge about the characteristics of a learning organization, the use of technology and its impact on communications, the organization communication and the marketing process of the immigration consulting practice. The skills and knowledge developed by students will allow them to apply the principles of business management to the profession.
IMCD 07: Professional Conduct and Ethics
Students will study the concepts of ethics and the conflicts and process of ethical decision-making. The focus is on a thorough analysis of the rules of professional conduct for immigration consultants, with case studies and examples according to the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
IMCD 08: Immigration Consulting Research and Application
This course will allow students to develop information about the existence of professional organizations and government committees that may influence or may be related to the practice of immigration consulting; students will determine sources of data relevant to practitioners. Students will submit two case studies that will be used to evaluate the student’s knowledge and skills in applying the steps, procedures, methods and techniques to collect and analyze information. Students will discuss the case studies with the instructor, submit their papers for a review and make a final presentation.
All in-class students should have regular access to a computer or a digital device to access all class materials.
Ashton College uses Adobe Connect and Google Apps for Education to provide a set of software tools designed to help instructors and students connect and collaborate online.
- Students should have a webcam and headset, or a microphone and headphones to participate in webinars. High-speed internet access is also required. To view the full technical requirements for Adobe Connect, please click here.
- Make sure to run a test to ensure your device will run Adobe Connect.
- Students should have regular access to a computer, laptop or smartphone to access all class materials.
Users will have the option to install the Adobe Connect add-in which is not required to join a meeting as a host, presenter or participant. It is needed to support screen sharing and PowerPoint (PPTX format) file sharing. Having the add-in will result in the meetings opening in a larger pop-out window rather than within a browser tab. The latest version can be installed on the Adobe Connect Downloads and Updates site.
Students can also access the webinars through their mobile or tablet device by downloading the Adobe Connect mobile app. To see a list of frequently asked questions with answers and detailed walkthrough guides, please click here.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
- Application fee: $175 (Domestic Students) or $200 (International Students)
- Tuition fee (Domestic): $7,600
- Tuition fee (International): $9,880
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of required textbooks.