The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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1 Confirm your occupation

Artisans and craftspersons (5244)

Description

This unit group includes those who use manual and artistic skills to design and make ornamental objects, pottery, stained glass, jewellery, rugs, blankets, other handicrafts and artistic floral arrangements. Makers of musical instruments are also included in this unit group. Most craftspersons are self-employed. Artistic floral arrangers are usually employed in florist shops and floral departments of retail establishments, or may be self-employed. Craft instructors are also included in this unit group and are employed by artisan guilds, colleges, private studios and recreational organizations.
Skill Level B
Skill Type 5

Other titles

  • Aboriginal art carver
  • Aboriginal craftwork instructor
  • artificial flower maker, hand
  • artificial flower presser
  • artisan
  • artistic bouquet designer
  • artistic floral arranger
  • artistic floral bouquet designer
  • artistic floral designer
  • arts and crafts teacher (except education)
  • bag maker - arts and crafts
  • balalaika maker
  • basket weaver
  • batik artisan
  • beadworker, hand
  • bellows maker
  • bookbinder, hand
  • candle maker, hand
  • caner, custom furniture
  • canoe builder - arts and crafts
  • canoe repairer - arts and crafts
  • canoe repairman - arts and crafts
  • canoe repairwoman - arts and crafts
  • carver
  • carver, Native art
  • carver, totem poles
  • case maker, hand
  • cello maker
  • ceramic artist
  • ceramic potter
  • ceramics teacher (except education)
  • ceramist
  • copperplate engraver - artisan
  • craft instructor (except education)
  • craft weaver
  • craftsman
  • craftsman/woman
  • craftsperson
  • craftswoman
  • crocheter, hand
  • custom furniture caner
  • decorative engraver
  • dollmaker, hand
  • drum maker - artisan
  • embroiderer, hand
  • enameller - arts and crafts
  • enameller, hand
  • enamellist - arts and crafts
  • engraver, hand
  • engraver, metal
  • engraver, pantograph - arts and crafts
  • fabric artisan
  • fabric artist
  • floral arrangements designer
  • floral designer
  • glass blower
  • glass engraver
  • glass novelty maker
  • glass painter
  • glassworker, hand
  • goldsmith
  • guitar maker
  • hand beadworker
  • hand bookbinder
  • hand candle maker
  • hand carver, stones
  • hand carver, woodenware
  • hand case maker
  • hand crocheter
  • hand dollmaker
  • hand embroiderer
  • hand enameller
  • hand engraver
  • hand glassworker
  • hand knitter
  • hand leather worker
  • hand metalworker
  • hand needleworker
  • hand papermaker
  • hand quilter
  • hand rug maker
  • hand silk flower maker
  • hand spinner
  • hand stone carver
  • hand weaver
  • hand woodworker
  • harpsichord builder
  • instructor, crafts (except education)
  • jewellery artisan, hand
  • jewellery engraver
  • knitter, hand
  • lace weaver - arts and crafts
  • leather worker
  • leather worker, hand
  • machine engraver - arts and crafts
  • mandolin maker
  • master glass blower
  • master glassmaker
  • metal arts worker
  • metal engraver
  • metalworker, hand
  • musical instrument maker - artisan
  • nameplate engraver
  • Native art carver
  • Native craftwork instructor
  • needleworker, hand
  • panflute maker
  • pantograph engraver - arts and crafts
  • papermaker, hand
  • pipe organ builder
  • poker-work artisan
  • potter
  • presser, artificial flowers
  • pyrographer
  • quilter, hand
  • reproduction woodcarver
  • rug maker, hand
  • rughooker
  • scientific glass apparatus blower
  • screen printing artisan
  • silk flower maker, hand
  • silversmith
  • silverware engraver
  • spinner, hand
  • stained glass artist
  • stained glass designer
  • stained glass painter
  • steel engraver - arts and crafts
  • stone carver, hand
  • stringed instrument maker
  • teacher, ceramics (except education)
  • tepee maker
  • tie-dye artisan
  • tole painter
  • totem pole carver
  • violin maker
  • weaver - arts and crafts
  • weaver, hand
  • weaving instructor (except education)
  • woodcarver
  • woodcarver, reproductions
  • woodenware carver, hand
  • woodworker, hand
  • wreath maker

2 Confirm the occupational regulations

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Regulations and laws

Regulations and laws governing specific occupations are fixed by provincial and territorial governments around specific occupations.


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. This means that you are not required to be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory authorities to be authorized to practise this occupation in Canada.

Regulated Non-regulated
Mandatory certification, licence, or registration Voluntary certification, licence, or registration No certification, licence, or registration exists
Exclusive right to practise Reserved title Available None
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Definition

Regulated occupation

An occupation controlled by provincial and territorial (and sometimes federal) law, and governed by a regulatory body. About 20 per cent of jobs are in regulated occupations. These include regulated professions (e.g., nursing) and skilled trades (e.g., plumbing).

The law requires you to obtain a certificate, licence, or registration to use the reserved title for the occupation or obtain the exclusive right to practise the occupation. These regulations are intended to protect the health and safety of Canadians by ensuring that professionals meet the required standards of practice and competency.

There are two types of regulation:

  • Exclusive right to practise: A profession whose members are the only ones who can engage in the profession’s activities and use the title allowed them by law. The law defines, among other things, the professional activities strictly reserved for the members of each regulatory body.
  • Reserved title: A profession where only members of a regulatory body can make use of specific titles and abbreviations allowed them by law. Individuals who are not members of that regulatory body may practise the occupation, but they may not use any of these titles or allow others to believe (by using a similar title or abbreviation) they are members of a regulatory body.
Non-regulated occupation:  

A profession or trade for which there is no legal requirement or restriction on practice with regard to licences, certificates, or registration.

  • Voluntary certification, licence, or registration: The province or territory in which voluntary certification, licensing, or registration is available but not required by law..
  • • No certification, licence, or registration exists

3 Learn about credential assessment and recognition

Some organizations in Canada responsible for the recognition of academic credentials may not have the capacity to assess the international academic credentials you are presenting to them. This may be the case when you apply for a job with an employer in a non-regulated occupation.

These organizations may sometimes rely on external academic credential assessment services to support their internal process. Six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) can provide this service.

Upon completion of an academic credential assessment for general purposes, you would receive an assessment report, which in turn could be provided to the organization responsible for the recognition of your international academic credentials.

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed below.

Occupational assessment

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed above.

Immigration

Immigration to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department responsible for immigration to Canada.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) - Express Entry

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by IRCC. If you intend to immigrate to Canada under the FSWP and obtained your academic credentials outside Canada, one of the requirements is to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes.1 For more detailed information on IRCC's requirements for this immigration program, visit their Web site.



1. A requirement for immigration purposes ONLY

It is important to note that obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is a requirement for immigration purposes only.

It is separate from the process of obtaining a licence to practise from the relevant regulatory authority.

Obtaining a licence to practise is not required to apply to IRCC's FSWP.

Additional information

Before undertaking an academic credential assessment for general purposes, it is extremely important to verify that the regulatory authority, or employer requires and will accept an assessment report issued by one of the six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).

If so, contact one of the academic credential assessment services below to obtain detailed information on:
  • application forms;
  • how to submit your international academic credentials for assessment;
  • timelines and fees for obtaining an academic credential assessment report.

An academic credential assessment for general purposes can take between several weeks to several months to obtain. It is strongly recommended that you begin this process prior to your arrival in Canada.

Although assessment services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained outside Canada compare with those obtained in Canada, their assessments are advisory only. In Canada, they do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for:
  • admission at an educational institution;
  • certification, licensing, or registration in an occupation; and/or
  • general employment.

All six members of the Alliance adhere to the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials, and their assessments are used by many organizations. For more information on the Alliance, please visit its Web site, or use the information below to connect directly with its members.

Alberta

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

British Columbia

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 3H2 Canada
icesinfo@bcit.ca
Telephone : (+1) 604-432-8800
Fax : (+1) 604-435-7033

Northwest Territories

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Ontario

World Education Services - Canada (WES)
1400 - 2 Carlton Street Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3 Canada
contactca@wes.org
Telephone : (+1) 416-972-0070
Fax : (+1) 416-972-9004
Comparative Education Service (CES)
162 St. George Street, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V8 Canada
ces.info@utoronto.ca
Telephone : (+1) 416-978-0393
Fax : (+1) 416-978-2185
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
102 - 100 Stone Road West Guelph, Ontario N1G 5L3 Canada
info@icascanada.ca
Telephone : (+1) 519-763-7282
Fax : (+1) 519-763-6964

Quebec

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et Intégration du Québec (MIFI)
Direction de l'enregistrement et de l'évaluation comparative (DEÉC), 285 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1T8 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 514-864-9191

Saskatchewan

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Mobility

International mobility

Find out more about international mobility and MRAs.

Financial assistance

Internationally trained professionals may have access to financial assistance to complete the assessment process that will allow them to work in their intended occupations. These micro-loan programs are offered to citizens or permanent residents of Canada who were trained outside Canada and do not have sufficient credit history to borrow from a Canadian financial institution.

To learn about participating provinces and territories, and determine your eligibility, use the information below to find an organization close to you offering micro loans.

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
238 - 8131 Westminster Hwy
Richmond British Columbia
V6X 1A7 Canada

SEED Winnipeg Inc. - Recognition Counts! Micro Loans for Skilled Immigrants
80 Salter Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W 4J6 Canada

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L 4P1 Canada

WIL Employment Connections - Internationally Trained Workers
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London Ontario
N6A 1G3 Canada

Canada Microcredit Educators Group - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Pilot Project
420 University Ave, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1551
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
C1A 7Z5 Canada

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Alberta

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

British Columbia

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
238 - 8131 Westminster Hwy
Richmond British Columbia
V6X 1A7 Canada

Manitoba

SEED Winnipeg Inc. - Recognition Counts! Micro Loans for Skilled Immigrants
80 Salter Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W 4J6 Canada

New Brunswick

Multicultural Association of Fredericton
28 Saunders Street
Fredericton New Brunswick
E3B 1N1 Canada

Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
22 Church St, Suite C170
Moncton New Brunswick
E1C 0P7 Canada

YMCA of Greater Saint John
191 Churchill Blvd.
Saint John New Brunswick
E2K 3E2 Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador

AXIS Career Services, Association for New Canadians
A/S Association for New Canadians, 10 Smithville Crescent, P.O.Box 2031, Stn. C
St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 5R6 Canada

Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L 4P1 Canada

Ontario

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

WIL Employment Connections - Internationally Trained Workers
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London Ontario
N6A 1G3 Canada

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
80 Aberdeen Street
Ottawa Ontario
K1S 5R5 Canada

Prince Edward Island

Canada Microcredit Educators Group - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Pilot Project
420 University Ave, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1551
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
C1A 7Z5 Canada

Quebec

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Saskatchewan

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H 2K6 Canada

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J 3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T 3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M 0W9 Canada

601 – 1240 Bay Street
Toronto Ontario
M5R 2A7 Canada