Certificate in Provincial Nominee Programs (CPNP) (Live Online)

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  • Duration:

    30 hours

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Part Time: October 04, 2022 – December 06, 2022

This course has been approved for 22 CPD Points by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

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In this course, students will explore the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and the agreements for the nominee programs. Students will become familiar with each program’s selection criteria, application requirements and the variance between the programs. Students will look at the interplay between the provincial and federal authorities in the selection of foreign nationals both on a temporary and permanent basis with the understanding that applicants must be admissible to Canada. We will also examine the PNP Business Programs taking into consideration investment required, performance deposits, personal net worth and what qualifies as an eligible business. The PNPs also take into consideration other potential processing streams such as skilled workers, international graduates/students, entry-level/semi-skilled occupations, health professionals, farmers, self-employed, trades, and professionals.

Topics/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
  • Differentiate between the constitutional and legislative authorities
  • Discuss the broad differences between PNPs across different provinces
  • Identify general application procedures and requirements
  • Explain provincial processing of the Provincial Nominee Program
  • Explain federal processing of the Provincial Nominee Program
  • Outline the Express Entry stream
  • Use the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system and outline how it is used in the PNPs
  • Outline the supporting documentation and admissibility requirements needed to apply under the PNPs
  • Discuss arranged employment/offers of employment
  • Identify the various processing streams under the PNPs i.e. business and entrepreneur, occupation-based selection and student streams
  • Discuss Federal-Provincial/Territorial agreements, and how the unique needs and priorities for each area are met
  • Differentiate between immigration to Quebec, all provincial and territorial PNPs, the Atlantic program, and the rural and northern pilot program (involvement of communities)
  • Discuss the ever-changing nature of criteria by province or territory for the PNPs
  • Discuss application processing and the turnaround time for a PNP application
  • Explain the language requirements for the PNPs as well as the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
  • Understand the admissibility requirements




Upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements, a Certificate of Completion will be issued.


Dominic Therrien

Dominic Therrien (BA, MA, BCL, LLB) has been a lawyer since 2002 and has assisted hundreds of families to immigrate to Canada. He has a long and diversified international work history living in the US, France and China. Previously, Dominic pursued undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Montréal and graduate studies in international politics at the Université de la Sorbonne. He also has a Civil Law degree and a Certificate of Qualification in Common Law. He founded his own law firm in 2016 and is a member of the Law Society of Quebec, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the State Bar of California. As an educator, Dominic has a particular focus on business immigration, professional ethics and practice management. His law career followed several years of playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves organization.


Alina Roman

Alina Roman earned holds a Master Degree in Engineering and is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of experience in the field of immigration. She is working as Immigration Consultant for Simon Fraser University, and her past work experience includes working for educational and governmental organizations as well as managing her own immigration practice.

Alina has been teaching the Immigration Practitioner Program for Ashton College Abbotsford Campus since 2016 when Ashton College started to offer the IMCD program at the Abbotsford Campus location. In 2017 Alina received the Faculty Award, presented to an instructor that projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community. As a graduate of Ashton College’s Immigration Practitioner Program strives to provide the best support to her students and help them become successful immigration consultants.

In addition to Alina’s immigration practice and teaching, she is a member of the Practical Experience Advisory Committee for the regulatory body, ICCRC which regulates all RCICs on a national level. Alina is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).

Alina speaks several languages and enjoys interacting with people coming from different cultural environments.

*Subject to change without notice

Continuing Professional Development

  • This course has been approved for 15 CPD Points by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants
  • For British Columbia Lawyers, consider including this webinar as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development plan as it has been approved by the Law Society of British Columbia
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your annual Continuing Professional Development Plan
  • For Manitoba Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities
  • For Newfoundland & Labrador Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities
  • For Nova Scotia Lawyers, consider taking this course as part of your professional development activities


Live Online

Part Time:

  • October 04, 2022 – December 06, 2022
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

  • Canadian Immigration and Refugee Law for Legal Professionals, 4th
    Edition. Lynn Fournier-Ruggles. Emond Publishing Print. ISBN: 9781772553802, 1772553808.


The registration fee for this course is $775.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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