Courses start at Canada's first online French-language immigration
practitioner program

TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - Francophone students across Canada made history today as the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) started classes at Canada's first French-language online immigration practitioner program.

"These students are on their way to joining a proud profession which helps immigrants live their dreams of becoming Canadian," said John Ryan, CSIC Chair and Acting CEO. "Now Francophone students will have access to accredited courses for the Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant (CCIC) profession for the first time."

Recently the Quebec government announced that CSIC accreditation will soon become mandatory for immigration consultants in the province. Students in the online education program will have the necessary credentials to offer immigration services upon graduation.

Students will learn about immigration law and practice, business ethics and other topics while cutting-edge interactive components will allow them to interact one-on-one with successful CCICs. Students will also build a business plan and a professional network.

"We want to ensure that graduates have the tools they need to provide quality service and launch a successful career," said Ryan. "In addition, consumers of immigration consulting services in Quebec will benefit from increased access to accredited immigration consultants."

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has more than 1600 members. CSIC's mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund.

SOURCE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS

For further information: For further information: Nancy Tibbo, Communications Manager, ntibbo@csic-scci.ca, (416) 945-6271, Toll free: 866-308-2742, ext. 2252

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