Changes To Academic Requirements To Qualify As a Registered Immigration Consultant

We want to inform you of upcoming changes that the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has reported with regard to the academic requirements to qualify as a Registered Immigration Consultant.

On May 1, 2019, the ICCRC announced that effective January 2021, prospective Immigration Consultants would be required to enrol in a new Immigration and Citizenship Graduate Diploma Program (ICGDP) at a University level. The ICGDP would only be offered by Queen’s University (accredited English provider) and the Université de Sherbrooke (approved French provider). The ICGDP will be developed by these two providers and offered online as well as in a blended format (online/onsite) through each provider’s Faculty of Law.

This change is part of the action plan announced by the Canadian government. Under this new plan, the ICGDP will be a 66-week program, and entry to this new program will require an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and a high level of English language proficiency.

The transition to the ICGDP will result in the gradual phasing out of our current IMCD program. Only the two universities mentioned above have been approved as accredited providers and will be permitted to accept new registrants to the ICGDP program. Ashton College will still be able to admit students to the Immigration consultant program until July 31, 2020.

What does it mean for our current and prospective students?

We will continue to offer our IMCD program until December 31, 2022. However, the cut-off date for accepting new students into the IMCD will be July 31, 2020. We have been a leader in the immigration consultant program for over a decade and have maintained the highest standard and quality of delivery. Thousands of our graduates are a testimony to that, many of whom today are running successful practices or working with prominent immigration consulting companies.

We want to assure our current students that none of these changes will affect them. You will still be able to finish your program and pursue your chosen career as an immigration consultant and help prospective immigrants turn their hopes and dreams into reality. You will continue to receive the excellent, practical, up-to-date education you’ve been receiving.

Once you finish your program, you will be allowed to take the RCIC EPE up to three years after graduating from the IMCD. However, when the first cohort of students graduates from the new ICGDP, the RCIC EPE will be updated to reflect the augmented National Education Standards.

For our prospective students: If you’re in the process of enrolling or are thinking of enrolling in our Immigration consultant course, please be assured that the program will continue in its current form till – as stated before – December 31, 2022. However, the final date for admitting new students is July 31, 2020. If you enrol with us before the deadline, you will still follow the existing program guidelines, structure, curriculum, and exam format. If you wish to graduate before the new rules are in place, this is your opportunity to do so.

Thanks again for your trust in us and appreciation for our IMCD program over the years. We wish you all the best.



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  1. Maria Bychkova says:

    Hi Jordan,
    As for your question, once you get your licence of a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, you won’t have to take the test again.
    Please find more details about the Immigration Consultant Diploma here:
    If you have any further questions or are ready to apply please contact our admissions officer at or by phone (604) 899-0803
    Thank you!

  2. Jordan Smith says:

    If I take the program and finish it in 2020 and take the RCIC EPE and get my Licence, what happen next? Do I have to take the test again when the new RCIC EPE is lanched?


  3. Yewande Aturamu says:


    I will like to enroll in the Immigration Practitioner Program at Ashton College. I need more information about how to enroll, what is the time frame to finish the program, what is the cost? etc

  4. Yewande Aturamu says:


    I will like to enroll in the Immigration Practitioner Program at Ashton College. I need more information about how to enroll, what is the time frame to finish the program, what is the cost? etc

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