As the national regulatory body for Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), our mandate governs the entry-to-practice education program, administers the Entry-to-Practice Exam (EPE), and licences RCICs.
Phasing out of the IPP
Since 2011 the Immigration Practitioners Program (IPP) was the entry-to-practice education program that prospective RCICs had to complete to sit the EPE. The IPP will be fully phased out as of December 31, 2022.
Deadline to enroll in an IPP through an IPP provider: July 31, 2020
Deadline to complete an IPP to be eligible to sit the EPE: December 31, 2022
Deadline to sit the EPE: up to three years after graduating from an IPP
Students should be aware that if they were enrolled after July 31, 2020, they will not be eligible to sit the EPE, regardless of their completion of an IPP prior to December 2022.
Please note that the last administration of the current EPE will take place in February 2022, after which the EPE will be updated to reflect the new Essential Competency Profile for RCICs.
Any IPP provider who continues to enroll participants into an IPP after July 31 will be considered to be in violation of their IPP accreditation. This could result in the immediate revocation of their accreditation and jeopardize the enrolled students’ eligibility to sit the EPE.
As of August 1, 2020, the new competency-based Graduate Diploma replaces the IPP and is the only pathway to sit the EPE. Enrollment in the English program is through Queen’s University Faculty of Law. The enrollment to the Graduate Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law began in September 2020 and the first cohort will start in January 2021. The French language program is expected to launch in fall 2021.