An independent, federally incorporated not-for-profit body operating at arms length from the federal government, as of 30 June 2011-The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council is responsible for regulating the activities of immigration consultants who are members and who provide immigration advice for a fee. In addition, the Council is responsible for ensuring the education and competency testing of its members.

The Council's mandate is to protect the consumers of immigration consulting services and ensure the competent and professional conduct of its members.

A certified consultant is your assurance of quality. Certified consultants are equipped with the latest information on immigration law, procedures and practices and go about their business according to a strict, enforceable Code of Conduct.

To become certified, consultants must pass a rigorous application process, which requires evidence of good character, and tests knowledge and language skills.

For added security and client protection, certified consultants are fully insured for errors and omissions and can be subject to complaints that are all duly investigated by ICCRC.

Because certified consultants have to keep their credentials current by maintaining their ICCRC membership in good standing and engaging in continuous professional development, they incur more expense. Their rates usually reflect this. In return, a certified consultant offers quality professional services and knowledgeable advice on immigration matters of critical importance to the client.