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.



Biotechnology Researcher

Drug Safety Associate (DSA)

Immunologist Researcher

Disability and Counselling 

Addiction and Mental Health Counselling in BC

Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) and Certified Return to Work Coordinator (CRWC)

Disability Management

IECC Registered Clinical Counsellor

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Volunteer Organizations on Vancouver Island for Individuals with Counselling/Psychology Background

Human Resources Management

HR Assistant

HR Management and Recruitment


Business Law Analyst

Intellectual Property Professional

Lawyer (see also Becoming a Lawyer in BC)

Legal Assistant


Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health & Safety Professional

Policy and Program Researchers

Education Policy Researcher/Analyst

Health Policy Researcher/Analyst

Policy Researcher/Analyst

Social Policy Researcher

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Professional

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