Under the NWPTA, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan have agreed to reconcile or mutually recognize occupational standards, so people can work in their occupation in all three provinces.

Professionals and skilled tradespersons certified in one province will be recognized as qualified in all three provinces. The benefit of the NWPTA is that workers will not need to go through material examinations or training to practice their chosen occupation.

  • List of occupations for which one or more provinces require certification, licensing or registration

Some occupations are not regulated in all three provinces. For individuals moving to a province that regulates from a province that does not, the individual will have to meet the requirements of the regulatory authority in order to obtain a license or certification to work in that province. Over time, reconciliation of all occupations should create full labour mobility for all occupations.

To determine the registration process for your occupation, please contact the regulatory authority in the province where you wish to be certified.

The benefits of the NWPTA include the following:

  • Gives workers more choice in where they work and live.
  • Reduces costs, in both time and money, for workers who move from one province to another.
  • Helps get skilled people into the workforce faster.
  • Creates greater consistency in recognizing the Canadian credentials and qualifications of foreign-trained professionals within the three provinces.
  • Provides employers with skilled workers and professionals.

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