Alberta Bound Internationally Trained Individuals
Some occupations in Alberta are regulated. To work in a regulated occupation, there are legal requirements which you must meet. To learn more about the conditions of employment for the profession of Teacher please consult the following PDF document from the Government of Alberta: Teacher (PDF Format – Size: 75 KB)
It is very important that you consider the fees associated with obtaining a licence or registering yourself with a regulatory body (Note: in Alberta, a regulatory body may be referred to as a professional regulatory organization or regulatory organization). Depending on your individual situation and the policies of different regulatory bodies, the fees for obtaining a licence and registration can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The fees you pay typically cover the costs of an evaluation of foreign qualifications, the registration with the regulatory body, and a licence. Where applicable, you may also have to pay additional costs related to exams, training, or other requirements.
The procedures for admission to a regulatory body are sometimes long and complicated. As it may take significant time for the regulatory body to review your application, you should begin to research the availability and duration of courses, internships, and language exams that you may be required to take. Delays may also occur due to other administrative steps, for example, when further evidence and supplementary documents are requested for the processing of your application.
It is strongly advised that you start the admission process before you arrive in Canada. To begin, you can contact the regulatory body responsible for your occupation. Early contact will allow you to evaluate the challenges and costs associated with earning your licence and you may be able to register yourself with the regulatory body, before you arrive in Canada.