CAPIC strives to ensure that each member’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) needs are met. Its education program offers between 50 and 60 CPD hours on a yearly basis, through a series seminars and practical or theoretical workshops. Educational events take place locally in each of its four chapters (Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies, and BC) and each has a webinar component to ensure accessibility. Although the ICCRC mandates a specific amount of Continuing Professional Development per year for licensing requirements, it is CAPIC’s firm belief that knowledge and education beyond the mandated hours is vital to ensuring a member’s professional knowledge remains up-to-date.
Since CPD immigration knowledge, networking, and practice-related sessions are critical to a member’s success, CAPIC events also include time for networking and peer-to-peer mentoring, as well as practical applications. Panel and Q&A sessions, experienced speakers from the industry and government, as well as innovative and informative sessions are the highlights of its educational events. While the CPD component remains central, many events feature elements related to business and career development.
CAPIC also maintains a video library through its “Education Corner,” including recordings of past events, podcasts, and other relevant materials, and members can participate in the dissemination of industry knowledge via the monthly “Immigration Practitioner Exchange.” National in scope but with four distinct chapters, CAPIC consistently offers its members the chance to contribute to the industry discourse via “lunch and learns,” seminars, and a national conference. Member-driven content and ideas ultimately reinforce the association’s “for the members, by the members” ethos.
Students of immigration consulting programs are welcome at educational events and are encouraged to participate in the learning environment fostered by the association. In 2017, CAPIC launched its “Full Skills Exam Preparation Course,” an intensive 35-hour preparatory course to assist students taking the ICCRC licensing exam. Its purpose is not to teach students how to answer the questions, but rather to conduct an in-depth review of the information, starting with the relevant legislation.