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Some ICBOC certified members may change their job or be promoted to another position, and wish to acquire a certification that better fits their new employment.  The ICBOC professional certification system facilitates switches to other certifications by transferring the applicant’s existing experience, knowledge and skills and apply them against the standards and requirements of the new certification.  

Candidates who wish to obtain a certification switch will need to submit the application documents pertaining to the new certification. However it is not necessary to resend the training/education certificates that are transferrable and that already are in the applicant’s file. Only the relevant education/training certificates acquired since the issue of the initial certification are required.  Once the certification switch has been granted, the same process applies for renewal and upgrade. Please contact the ICBOC office if you have any question.

The Indigenous Certification Board of Canada certifies workers who are employed in Indigenous settings, but supports employment choices for all ICBOC first certification applicants and existing ICBOC certified members. Applicants who are interested in obtaining professional certification that enhances their opportunities for employment in other work settings can also apply for ICBOC certification via its Certification Equivalence process.

Applicants who obtain their certification with ICBOC have satisfied a higher, different set of standards and requirements reflecting the uniqueness of Indigenous perspectives on life, healing principles and practice. These standards respond to the specific realities and needs of Indigenous clients, their families and communities, as well as those of employers and of workers themselves.


The certification obtained through ICBOC’s Certification Equivalence Process is based on equivalence between ICBOC’s Standards and Requirements and those of other boards, not on the title and level of the certification granted by other boards.

Applicants applying to ICBOC certification via its equivalence process will not automatically obtain the same certification level.

Before you apply for the recognition of the certification granted by another certification board, and to learn about the ICBOC equivalencies, please contact the Registrar’s office.

To apply for this option, candidates will need to complete and submit the Application for Certification Equivalence form and demonstrate, by including his/her certificate from the other board, that he/she is still in good standing with that board. An expired certificate will not be accepted. 

Application for Certification Equivalence Form

A certified member who has obtained his/her ICBOC certification through ICBOC’s Certification Equivalence process must renew this certification every two (2) years. In addition to the documents verifying forty (40) hours of required training, he/she must submit the following: 

  • Supervisor’s Evaluation Form
  • Professional Letter of Reference
  • Employer’s Letter of Declaration Regarding Applicant’s Criminal Record Checks
  • Wellness Plan
  • ICBOC Code of Ethics, signed and dated

Application Package for the Recertification of Equivalence Applicants


A certified member who has obtained his/her ICBOC certification through a certification transfer application and who wishes to obtain a certification upgrade must submit a complete application for the level of certification requested.