Recognizing Credentials

One of the challenges Canadian employers face when hiring international candidates is that standards for training, education, and certifications can be different from place to place.

Regulated professions

Some professions, like those in the health care industry or skilled trades for example, are regulated. This means certain qualifications or training certifications are required for employment. You may already have the training needed, but if it was gained outside of Nova Scotia it may not be fully recognized. Employers and regulatory bodies will need to determine the Nova Scotia equivalent to help them decide what positions you qualify for. This will also help decide if there are any additional training or upgrades you may need.

A list of Nova Scotia’s regulatory bodies can be found on the Recognition of Prior Learning and Labour Mobility website.

Unregulated professions

Even unregulated professions have generally-accepted credentials. Despite extensive training, you may need further education/training to upgrade or verify that your abilities meet Nova Scotia standards. To avoid frustration later, know your international qualifications before coming to Nova Scotia.

Additional training/educational documentation

Collect any additional training/educational documentation you have before moving. Course descriptions, exams, syllabuses, transcripts, etc., can help employers understand the nature of training and/or programs they are not familiar with.

NOTE: For more information visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office and Working in Canada website, or find help directly on credential evaluation services. For additional help on credential recognition visit Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.