Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS) 

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

PICS was established in 1987 and is a CARF accredited community-based non-profit service provider that assists immigrants and the local community members by providing a comprehensive network of services and programs in the Lower Mainland with offices located in Surrey, Vancouver and White Rock. PICS services focus on a full range of support activities that support its mission to promote harmony and intercultural understanding for the purpose of building a more inclusive and mutually respectful society. 

BCPLAN has agreed to provide PLAR information and services to the Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS) advisors tasked with reviewing the education, training and work experience of PICS Foreign Credential Recognition Loan (FCRL) program clients. As a result, the below portfolios have been developed for a variety of professions. The portfolios are aimed at helping newcomers achieve their career goals by recognizing international credentials and experiential learning. The portfolios are also a great resource for an overview of career paths for occupations in British Columbia.

The below list will be updated as new portfolios are being developed. 

Biotech Group

Biotechnology Researcher


Drug Safety Associate (DSA)

Immunologist Researcher


Occupational Health & Safety Professional


Lawyer (see also Becoming a Lawyer in BC)

Business Law Analyst

Legal Assistant


Intellectual Property Professional

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