Internationally Trained Applicants

Academics

If your credentials are from outside of Canada, you must get a specialized International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) assessment completed. World Education Services (WES) assessments are also accepted, given the Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report. The assessment will compare your educational credentials against educational standards in Canada.

You must get a specialized assessment from IQAS, or a Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report from WES, which will list the courses you have taken, as the ASPB counts courses to determine if you meet the qualifications. Please see the FAQ page for details on academic requirements.

For further details on IQAS, please visit their website. For further details on WES, please visit their website.

Please do not forward the ASPB your academic credentials - we only need the specialized certificate provided by IQAS.

World Education Services (WES) assessments are also accepted, given the Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report is requested.  

The assessment must come directly from IQAS or WES to the ASPB.

Experience

Your work experience outside of Canada counts towards your Professional Biologist designation. Please look at the FAQ page for applicants for details on what we require for work experience.

References

If you are new to Canada and have yet to establish a connection with a regulated professional, and you do not know a regulated professional yet, you may use university professors as references. It is advisable to network with fellow biologists as soon as you can, so you can build a rapport and use one of them as a reference when you apply for membership.