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

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    Live Online

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    30 hours

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Part Time: January 25, 2022 – March 29, 2022

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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


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.

Nevena Djuricic

Nevena Djuricic earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sarajevo. Before immigrating to Canada, she practiced law in her home country and was appointed a municipal court judge for Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1987. In 2002 Nevena graduated from the UBC-Seneca Immigration Practitioner Program.

Nevena is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) and a former CAPIC BC Chapter, Policy and Lobbying Committee member, who was working on promoting and protecting the integrity of the profession by communicating with federal and provincial government agencies and media. She was also a presenter at the CAPIC Continuous Education Seminars.

Nevena taught on the Immigration Consultant Diploma Program at Ashton College for a period of 15 years. In 2012 Nevena 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. Nevena is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, a member of ICCRC since its inception and has had many years of experience in the field of immigration. Nevena is an avid skier and, for many years, served as a parent co-coordinator for the Grouse Mt. Tyee Ski club and the Vancouver Ski Team.

*Subject to change without notice


Live Online

Part Time:

  • January 25, 2022 – March 29, 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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