Essential competencies and Code of Professional Conduct for RCICs and RISIAs
The Essential competencies are frameworks that identify and describe the knowledge, skills and judgment RCICs and RISIAs need to represent their clients effectively. These abilities are grouped thematically under specific units.
Ensure professional standards and protect the public interest
- Provide a foundation for:
- Pre-licence education and assessment
- Entry-to-Practice Exams (EPEs)
Practice Management Education Program (PME)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
Mentoring Program (when available)
Quality Management Program (when available)
- Support education programs by informing curricula
Inform the public and other professionals of an RCIC’s or RISIA’s role and responsibilities
- Guide and direct RCICs and RISIAs in their practices
- Establish minimum standards for RCICs and RISIAs
The essential competencies and the Code of Professional Conduct (the Code) set out RCICs’ and RISIAs’ professional and ethical obligations. For RISIAs, the Code supplements any conduct requirements put in place by an employer.
RCICs and RISIAs who fail to meet these standards will be subject to the College’s complaints processes.
RCICs and RISIAs must maintain their competence and currency in the immigration field throughout their careers. The maintenance and enhancement of licensees’ professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgment through their career is an essential component of the commitment they make to the public to practise competently and ethically.
As part of this process, all licensees must participate in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Each year, RCICs must complete 16 hours and RISIAs must complete 6 hours of CPD by participating in College-approved activities.
Licensees must report their completed CPD activities to the College for verification. Failing to meet this requirement may result in a fine or a licence suspension.