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20240424 - Your Code Duties: How Familiar are you? (Video recording expires 24 April 2025 for CICC)

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Presenter/s: Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB., RCIC

Date: 24 April 2024

Time: 11 am to 2:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved. Includes 3 hours of professionalism/Code of Professional Conduct. Video recording expires 24 April 2025.
  • LSBC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved. Video recording will expire on 31 December 2024. Attendance to this course will provide you with 45 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • Law Societies of Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Barrister's Society of Nova Scotia
    • For members of these Law Societies, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual requirements.

This 5-part series focuses on the RCIC Code of Professional Conduct providing expert guidance for both experienced RCICs and those just starting out.   A very practical “how-to” approach is taken in each seminar to help RCICs properly fulfil all their professional duties to clients, as well as their duties to the College. All sessions will focus on common ethical pitfalls with examples, solutions and opportunities for participants to engage in resolving common issues for better practice management and preventing client complaints.

Knowing your Code obligations is necessary for proper practice as a professional. Sometimes reading the words and putting them into practice are two different things.  Often, what you need to do to will be found in several provisions spread throughout the Code. There are also College Regulations that may apply to the activity. This session is an opportunity to delve into key Code duties from the point of view of a busy practitioner through examining ten common functions that RCICs regularly undertake.  We will examine the sections of the Code of Professional Conduct and other College Regulations that most specifically guide these activities.  Come and check out your understanding!



This session will highlight and explain those sections of the Code that most impact the following regular activities of RCICs:

  1. How you find clients
  2. Communicating with clients
  3. What cases you can take on
  4. How to work with other licensed practitioners
  5. Fee collection
  6. Representing both employer and worker
  7. Representing both spouses
  8. Providing additional (non-immigration) services to clients
  9. Hiring interpreters and translators
  10. Terminating a service agreement before completion

College of Citizenship and Immigration - Essential Competency mapping  


Case Management

2.2 Engages in a process to ensure the client is fully informed and able to make a decision whether to proceed with the RCICs professional services and enter into a retainer agreement.

 2.2.4 Advises the client of the RCICs scope of practice, personal competence and practice limitations.

2.9 Maintains accurate and current client records and documentation according to regulatory requirements. 

Business Management and Leadership

4.1 Demonstrates leadership skills in the immigration and citizenship consulting practice.

4.1.3 Acts as an expert in the Canadian immigration and citizenship filed by providing advice and consultation to clients and other professionals.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

 6.1.2 Stays current and complies with legislation, regulation, professional standards, policies and guidelines.


Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB. RCIC

Lynn is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who operated her own business as a sole practitioner in Calgary, AB for 17 years from 2004-2021, is now semi-retired in Nanaimo, BC. Her practice areas spanned a broad spectrum of immigration and refugee applications with a focus on Permanent Resident applications and criminal inadmissibility issues. She also has decades of experience in adult education - teaching, writing and developing instructional materials such as the Immigration Practitioner’s Handbook published annually by Thomson Carswell Ltd. from 2006-2012.

Lynn is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queens University teaching in the Graduate Program in Immigration and Citizenship Law [GDipICL]. She has taught the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Course for the Program since its inception and has also served as the Coordinating Instructor with responsibility for the curriculum.

She has a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an LL.B. from the University of Victoria. She is a licensee in good standing of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section. 


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