Internationally Educated Applicants

If you earned your degree, diploma, certificate outside of Canada or the United States of America

If you are interested in a designation with the College and are not sure if you meet the requirements use the Applicant Self-Assessment Tool (ASAT) as a tool to help guide you. The ASAT provides information about all the College’s designations and associated requirements.

The application and registration processes are all done online through the College’s portal. Your application status, once submitted, can be checked in the portal.

For specific details regarding application and registration, please refer to the College Credentialing Standard.

IMPORTANT:

  • Internationally trained applicants must provide the following in English or have it translated into English:
    • Official Transcripts (2 copies see below);
    • Course descriptions;
    • Work experience, report(s)* (e.g., professional reports, data reports) and scientific communication (e.g., brochure, poster, presentation); and
    • Reference(s)

*Note: Masters and Doctorate of Philosophy Thesis and Dissertation, publications can be submitted to be a report requirement for the Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio), Registered Biology Technologist (RBTech) as long as they meet the report criteria in the Credentialing Standard.


Academics:

  1. Official Transcripts -- You need to provide two (2) sets of official transcripts to the College:
  • One set of official transcripts that is a credential evaluation (eg. course-by-course evaluation) from a recognized credentialing service such as WESICES or IQAS and sent directly to the College's Regulatory Officer:
    • Recommended credentialing service: a course-by-course evaluation such as one done for transfer admissions or graduate admisisons
  • A second set of official transcripts that have been translated into English from the institution and sent directly to the College's Regulatory Officer. Most academic institutions provide an official transcript translated into English. If they do not, then the transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator and sent directly to the College's Regulatory Officer.
Internationally educated applicants (outside Canada and the United States) Paper/hardcopy Electronic transcripts

You must provide:

  1. A Credential evaluation directly from a recognized credentialing service such as WESICES or IQAS; and
  2. A second set of official transcripts that have been translated into English. If these are not in English the College requires the transcripts to be translated into English by a certified translator and sent directly to the College’s Regulatory Officer

Paper or hardcopy documents are to be mailed directly from all post-secondary institutions where you completed courses, including the institution(s) showing credentials granted, to:

College of Applied Biology
Attn: Registrar
#210 - 852 Fort Street
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 1H8

Transcripts are accepted electronically only if they are:

  1. Accessed directly by the College of Applied Biology’s Regulatory Officer through a secure site offered by the granting institution

OR

  1. Emailed directly to the Regulatory Officer by the granting institution.

Note: Applications that do not provide both sets of official transcripts as described below will not be processed until the above requirements have been met.

  1. Course Descriptions – you are required to enter the course descriptions in your application. A course is defined as occurring over one (1) semester, which includes at least three (3) lecture or lab hours per week.
  • Course descriptions must be in English and detailed enough for Academic Assessors to review the learning objectives, aims and course content.
  • Guidelines for RPBio/BIT Course Assessment provide information on required courses such as, Biology, Science, and Numeracy

Transcript and other document requirements

The College requires two sets of transcripts for the following reasons:

  • Documents (e.g. transcripts etc.) from recognized credentialing service such as WESICES or IQAS confirm that your degree/diploma and associated courses are accepted as an international credential(s);
  • Transcripts in English are required so that during the academic assessment the courses, titles, etc. and institutions grading scale and other information can be used to evaluate that the courses you have/will submit meet the College’s academic/education requirements for the category you are applying for.

The College requires course descriptions, work experience, reports and scientific communication (if applicable) in English for the following reasons:

  • To be able to get a good understanding of the learning objectives, aims and course content in enough detail to be able to assess that the courses you have submitted meet the College’s academic/education requirements for the category you are applying for; and

The College requires work experience, reports and scientific communication (if applicable) in English for the following reasons:

  • To be able to assess if the you work experience, reports and scientific communication (if applicable) have submitted meet the College’s academic/education requirements for the category you are applying for.

Chartered Biologists registered with the Royal Society of Biology can apply to be a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) through a mutual agreement between the College of Applied Biology and RSB. See the to Royal Society of Biology link for details.