Foreign Credential Recognition - Health | Education | Technology

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

FCR H.E.T. Program helps Internationally Trained Professionals to get back into their professional field or an alternative related career field.

The program also offers a loan amount up to $15,000 depending on the process, to cover the cost of credentialing along with a flexible repayment schedule.


Foreign Credential Recognition

FCR Sectors


This sector is for any Internationally Trained Professional in the health care such as Dentist, Physiotherapist, Nurses etc.

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This sector is for any Internationally Trained Professional in Education such as Professors, Teachers, Counsellors etc.

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This sector is for Internationally Trained Professional in Technology such as Engineers, Architects, Information Technologists etc.

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Thank you Manmeet so much for helping me arranging finances for my exams. I feel myself lucky that I could contact you. You were so helpful and kind that I instantly connected with you and felt at ease talking to you about all my problems. I immigrated to Canada from India as a skilled worker (professional, Doctor) and as you know, in Canada you have to write all the exams to get license for practicing medicine and the whole process is very expensive. When I received a mail from Ms Raj Brar regarding FCR program, I at once applied for the loan and met her, the very next day and she directed me to you. You were so nice to help me and made the whole process so simple, that at no time I could feel that I am in foreign land. I got the loan within 2 weeks and that also the full amount, which I needed. I feel that I will definitely achieve my desired goal with your help and could serve the Canadian society. I am pleased to share with you that I have cleared my first exam and my next exam is in March 2019 for which I am preparing. Thank you once again for your kind help and my special thanks to Ms Raj Brar also. God bless you all.

"I was in a Skills Link Program for youth in PICS when the FCR Loan Program was introduced to me. Being a new immigrant to Canada with an education and work background in the health care industry in the Philippines, I know that I needed to upgrade my foreign credentials in order to legally practice my profession and to be recognized as a Nurse in BC. Upgrading would mean that I need to pass a series of English and licensing examinations before I could be registered in the BCCNP. This brought a financial challenge to me since I had only been starting to settle in Canada and my income was barely enough to meet my family's daily expenses. Thankfully, the FCR staff, especially Manmeet who was my career counselor, were very patient in planning and discussing with me every detail of my career plan and how the program can help me achieve my short- and long-term career goals. The staff were very helpful and even went beyond what was expected of them by reaching out to the nursing regulatory body to clarify any questions and uncertainties that I had. With the FCR Team's full support, I was approved for a loan amounting to $1600, enough to cover my English test preparation course and examination fees, and my NNAS credentials evaluation and registration. It also brought me peace of mind knowing that I will be financially capable to achieve my career goals without having to worry about providing for my family's needs. Just recently, I got hired as a residential support worker and I am excited that I am one step further in the path towards reaching my dream to become an RN in BC. I am very grateful for the wonderful opportunity that PICS and the FCR Loan Program has given me."

“Very pleased, that I chose to go with FCR program through PICS Work BC. As a recent independent skilled immigrant from a regulated profession, starting a new life in Canada was always a big concern for me, especially with limited financial sources, all I know was my journey won’t be easy! I am a registered architect in my home country and the initial stepping stone for finding a job in Canada in a regulated profession was foreign credential recognition. While exploring my other career options in architecture and planning industry to get started, I came across ASTTBC- Applied Science Technologists and Technician Certification body and by the support of my case manager at Work BC, I got in touch with Jacqueline, from ASTTBC and after that one meeting I was pretty confident to apply for my certification and the next step was to figure out the funds required for the same. So, my case manger introduced me to FCR program under the PICS Work BC roof and the staff at FCR program took care of everything right from the micro loan to my application with an expedited approach, and in mere 4 weeks, I was able to apply for the long awaited certification. The program has definitely taken the finance burden and other initial concerns during my transition in Canada. All I want to convey is my genuine thanks to all my path wavers, Ms. Raj Brar, Ms. Minal Chiplunkar, Ms. Jacqueline de Raadt, Vancity and the whole staff at FCR office for being so wonderful and supporting while working towards my ultimate career goals. I can assure my program sponsors and coordinators that they have made a rightful investment, as they were able to see a certified architectural technologist in no time, which is ready to give back to the community through her skills and support. I would definitely recommend every new immigrant to BC, considering FCR program, for their overall career support and development. Thank you for everything!"

"It was a very fast process with Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) and Vancity Bank for the personal loan program. After my application, the process was completed within couple of weeks then I got my loan. Although the loan was not to what I applied, but the rate of interest and processing charges were very much minimal too."

I really appreciate all staff who involved in FCR program as well as PICS as they are helping professional like me to achieve our goal and offer better and professional service to the society also wonderful customer service of Vancity at main street for cooperation and helping also special thanks to Mrs. Meena Verma that was so helpful and professional as well as Mr. Kevin Lau who was amazing and very professional in his department as an account manager in Vancity.  

Upcoming Events

Are you an Internationally Trained Professional in Health, Education or Technology? Then come to the free information session about the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Program. It will be from 1:30p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please email to reserve your seat.