CBIE’s International Students and Immigration Education Program (ISIEP) is an online education program addressing advising needs vis-à-vis immigration policy and practice. It is designed for International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. The program will prepare ISAs working at educational institutions across Canada for the entry-to-practice exam to become Regulated International Student Immigration Advisers (RISIAs).

Application fee due on registration (the application fee is waived for individuals from CBIE member and associate member institutions). Details regarding the program fee will follow once your application is accepted.

Tentative Course Calendar ISIEP Handbook

Meet the Instructors

Justin Kerr is an RCIC and International Student Adviser at Queen’s University.

Justin has worked in international education for over 12 years following studies at Trent University and participation in an exchange through Canada World Youth. During his time in the field, he focused on Canadian immigration issues as they impact students and their families. He is co-champion of CBIE’s Student Services Professional Learning Community and was a member of CBIE’s Immigration Advisory Committee from November 2012 to January 2016.

Brianna Huene is an RCIC and International Student Immigration Specialist at the University of Calgary.

Brianna has been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) since 2015. She has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led to the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers, and is currently working on collaborative projects to increase awareness of support services available to international students

Philipp Reichert (currently on leave) is an RCIC and the Coordinator of Immigration Advising Services at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Philipp has over 10 years’ experience studying and working internationally, most recently at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), with their International and Executive MBA programmes and the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands.

He is a NUFFIC Huygens scholar and received his Master’s degree cum laude in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands and is a doctoral student at the University of Calgary with his research focusing on the Internationalization of Higher Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I register for the ISIEP?

Registration is now open for the January 2018 offering.

Am I eligible to take the ISIEP?

Applicants to the ISIEP must be employed at a designated learning institution (DLI) who are taking this professional development program to upgrade their skills in immigration advising in their current institutional role.

Am I eligible to write the RISIA entry-to-practice exam and become a certified RISIA?

The RISIA designation is designed for in-service International Student Advisers (ISAs) and other professionals working in the education sector in Canada whose responsibilities include offering immigration advice to students. If you are unsure whether your current employment makes you eligible, you may email us at isiep-peiei@cbie.ca.

Successful completion of the ISIEP is a prerequisite for ISAs/working professionals who wish to take ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam to become RISIAs. Please note that ISAs/working professionals who meet certain criteria set out by ICCRC may be able to challenge the entry-to-practice exam without completing the ISIEP. For more information on who is eligible to challenge ICCRC’s entry-to-practice exam and obtain the RISIA designation, please visit the ICCRC website.

How is the ISIEP structured?

The ISIEP comprises:

  • Four courses over a span of 12 weeks
  • About 140 hours of instructional time
  • Online recorded lectures, discussion boards, assignments, quizzes and exams

The program is based exclusively on reference materials that will be made available online, and is available in English and French (the French course is delivered in the Fall only).

Students can expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week on the ISIEP.

How much does the ISIEP cost?

The program fee for the ISIEP is $2,500. The program fee includes all course materials. There is a $100 application fee, which is waived for individuals at CBIE member institutions.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Please contact Melissa Payne or Alexandra McAllister at isiep-peiei@cbie.ca.

Can RISIAs contact the immigrationrepresentatives@cic.gc.ca account for inquiries?

Yes.  IRCC has confirmed that both RCICs and RISIAs have the option of contacting this email account.