Internationally trained and looking to get back in your field? We can help! Register Now

Pathway to Healthcare: what to consider as an internationally trained professional

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: September 21, 2020 Category: Blog

For internationally trained healthcare professionals, returning to a healthcare profession in Canada is not so simple. Healthcare jobs are under strict regulation in Canada. While these regulations help keep Canadians safe, they do become barriers for some internationally trained professionals (ITP) who want to continue their healthcare career.

Related blog: 4 reasons to pursue a healthcare career in Canada

Continue reading to learn more about how ITPs can return to their desired career.

1. Consider the Available Occupations

As a heavily regulated sector, entering the Canadian healthcare field may take long periods of time. Furthermore, ITPs with healthcare experience will need to consider the time it takes for international credentials to be recognized. With that being said, your healthcare expertise will be beneficial in Canada. ITPs should carefully consider returning to their trained occupation or exploring an alternative career in healthcare. Lastly, ITPs may want to consider where they will be employed as healthcare professionals are desired in a wide range of areas. For example, home care service provider, government, hospital, medical laboratory, doctor’s office, and much more.

Related blog: alternative careers in healthcare

2. Contact Regulatory Bodies

After you have identified a potential healthcare career, it is best to follow up with regulatory bodies. Regulatory bodies are the governing organizations which set the standards of practice and qualifications for any particular profession, occupation or trade. Healthcare professions are regulated for the safety of the public. From these regulatory bodies, you can determine what sort of qualifications or credentials are required before you can work in your desired healthcare field. Learn more about regulatory bodies by clicking here. We recommend that you contact your desired occupation’s regulatory body before continuing with any sort of international credential assessment.

3. Have Documents Ready

For the next step, ITPs will most likely want to have their international credentials assessed. Assessing international credentials will allow Canadian employers to understand the significance of your education. Services such as World Education Services (WES) are well known and recognized to provide assessment of your international credentials. Plan ahead and get your documents in order so that the assessment process can be as smooth as possible.

4. Seek out the right programs for ITPs

After getting an international credential assessment, ITPs may not exactly meet the requirements of the regulatory bodies. Depending on the guidelines set by your regulatory body, you may still require additional training. For example, bridging programs can be a great way for ITPs to build on their existing skills in order to qualify for local healthcare jobs. Another example could be a language skills program which can help newcomers develop English comprehension, communication skills, and learn occupation-specific terminology.

5. Check with a Career Counsellor

We recommend that you check in with a Career Counsellor before going through with your plans. Counsellor who work with ITPs will be able to provide you with insight on your career journey. For example, internationally trained individuals who are hoping to continue their career in Alberta and Saskatchewan can contact Career Loans for free counselling services. In addition, you can discuss finances and develop a suitable strategy for your career goals. You may even decide to adjust your initial goal after speaking with the career counsellor.

Career Loans Can Help!

Career Loans is a free and virtual program which helps ITPs return to their desired career field in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Clients who register with Career Loans can access our expert counsellors discussed above. Our services are unique because all sessions are entirely virtual; meaning you can speak with our experts from the comfort of your own home. Furthermore, clients can apply for a micro loan of up to $15,000. This loan can help cover any fees associated with returning to your career.

Career Loans is here to help you reach your potential in Canada. Visit our website to learn more and sign up for our free services.


PrepCan-Online Newcomer Information Centre is coordinated and funded by:

Centre for Education & Training Mississauga logo Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada logo

careerloans logo

Career Loans provides career counselling and micro loans to Internationally Trained Individuals in regulated and non-regulated occupations and trades, who are looking to return to their chosen profession.

Funded By:
Coordinated By:

logo tcet

Financial Partner:

logo HSBC

Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Use

Newsletter Sign up

Latest Video

No Videos found.


News item image

Emerging Trends in the Transportation Sector

The Transportation sector continues to be an important part of Canada’s economy. In 2018, the Canadian trucking industry accounted for $39.55 billion …

Read more
News item image

Why You Should Consider a Transportation Career

A career in the transportation sector can be very rewarding. Many of our modern conveniences are somehow related to this industry. Continue to …

Read more
News item image

Exploring a Career in the Transportation Sector

What does a career in the transportation sector mean? The transportation sector refers to a wide range of jobs which can cover any part of the world. …

Read more
News item image

Healthcare Access for Newcomers in Canada

“How can I access healthcare services in Canada?” This is a common question for many newcomers when they first arrive in the country. Canada’s …

Read more

PrepCan-Online Newcomer Information Centre is coordinated and funded by:

Centre for Education & Training Mississauga logo Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada logo


All Career Loans virtual services will continue during this time; our hours of operation remain the same at 8:30AM – 4:30PM (MT) from Monday to Friday. Please contact us if you require assistance outside of these hours.