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

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Part-Time: April 11, 2023 – June 13, 2023

Schedule: Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm PST

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

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Certificate in Provincial Nominee Programs Overview

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.

Ashton College provides a wide variety of immigration CPD opportunities in our Immigration Practitioner Centre.

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

Admission Requirements

Although there are no formal admission requirements for this course, due to the advanced nature of the material covered, it is presumed that attendees have a basic knowledge of Canadian Immigration Law in general and this topic in particular.


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


Subject to change without notice

Lulwa Al Hidiq

Lulwa Al Hidiq is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) and a full licensee of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) since 2013. She is also a past Certified Public Accountant from the California Board of Accountancy (not currently designated) with over ten years of Canadian and Global professional experience in public accounting in multi-national firms such as KPMG, PWC, and EY. She is the Senior Partner and Founder of Altoria Immigration and Business Consulting Inc, located in Toronto. She is also a past Chair of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), a national organization with over 5,000 licensees, whose mission is to lead, connect, protect, and develop the profession, serving the best interests of its members with a focus on advocacy, lobbying, and education.

Alina Roman

Alina Roman earned holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and is a Regulated Immigration Consultant with many years of experience in the field of immigration. She is working as an 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 at Ashton College since 2016. In 2017, Alina received the Faculty Award, presented to an instructor who projects a positive, professional, and approachable attitude within the workplace and who possesses outstanding leadership abilities within the school community.

Marina Snyder

Marina Snyder has been a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) since 2017, operating her own immigration firm in Québec and providing immigration-related services to businesses, individuals, colleges and non-profit organizations from coast to coast. Marina is interested in economic immigration, family reunification, temporary residence and citizenship and holds specific licenses for the provinces of Quebec and Saskatchewan. After moving from Brazil to Canada in 2007 as an international student herself, Marina felt there was a great need for assistance for newcomers in their immigration pathways; so, while living in Japan, she attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) Certificate in Immigration, becoming an RCIC.


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


  • April 11, 2023 – June 13, 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held Tuesdays from 4:00 – 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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