Program Outline

TLC-International Training Center for Caregiving Inc. is a small private school providing education for caregiver students. We do have an immigration consultant that comes into the school every few months during your program and she is also open to calls for any questions that you may have. We’re happy to answer basic questions about what you need in order to study at TLC school, and we advise you to check online resources or speak to an immigration consultant in your home country to answer questions pertaining to specific needs and requirements related to visa applications.

English Skills: You are required to take an English test if you are not from an English-speaking country. You can use the Internet to find out where testing is done in your country, and check to see that the tests provided are one of the following: English language testing agencies Paragon Testing Enterprises Inc., University of British Columbia administers the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP). Note: CELPIP has two tests: “CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G)” and “CELPIP-Academic (CELPIP-A).” Only the CELPIP-General (CELPIP-G) test results are accepted for CIC purposes. Cambridge ESOL, IDP Australia, and the British Council administer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Note: IELTS offers “General Training” and “Academic” options. Only the General Training test results are accepted for CIC purposes. The English test that you choose will need to have an overall score of at least 5 Once you have proof of your educational background (one certificate is usually sufficient), and a copy of your English test results, you can e-mail those to us with your completed registration form.

After you have sent us your application, please allow at least one week to process it; we will send you an email with our decision about whether or not you have been accepted. If you are accepted to our school, you are then eligible for a Letter of Acceptance. The fee for the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) is $300.00 CDN and is payable to us by credit card or e-transfer. You will need a Letter of Acceptance to apply for your student visa.

Whenever you have questions that you cannot find answers to on our TLC-Edmonton website or on the Canadian government website, you can contact us by email and we will do our best to respond.

An overview and outline of the course: Because it is a high priority for the students of this course to be able to start in any month, considerable thought has gone into designing the program to accommodate this need. Enrollment is on a revolving basis, with on going training all year long; new students come into the course at the beginning of a particular month, and graduate seven months later.

A second reality of this course is that the students come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, life experience, and fluency with the English language. Some will have a great deal of applicable knowledge already; others will have little or none. Our goal is to offer interesting courses that meet each student where she/he is at and prepares him/her to be a caregiver. For this to work, each student must assume responsibility for ensuring that his/her time here is well spent and enjoyable. If these hours are to be rewarding, it is necessary that students become involved in helping to ensure that the materials focused on, resonate with each individual’s position.

This course is always fluid and flexible and currently represents our best attempt to help you spend your time practicing worthwhile skills and learning from the best information available in the field. However, if you feel there are other learning assignments that would enhance your own experience, please bring them forward for discussion. Developing own knowledge and experience in a care setting always fills out your repertoire. For this reason we have changed the hours of the program from 9:00am – 2:00pm. There are many high profile facilities available that are familiar with our students and allow a few hours a week for them to shadow in their footsteps to provide a positive experience with seniors, the disabled, and children/infants. Volunteering is not mandatory and is completely up to the student. Students will be given facilities to apply at and will need to have a police record check and vulnerable sector check before applying as a volunteer.

Besides the practical experience that’s been arranged, students are assigned to a monthly, student-centered, individualized study module based on where they are in the training program. Every second week, there is a cooking class, providing an opportunity to learn more about preparing meals for a Canadian family. The cooking class teachers choose a menu of foods that most Canadian families would enjoy. Canada is a very multi-cultural country and this shows itself in our cuisine. So you’ll actually be making food from around the world although we try to emphasize “western food”. On the day that you cook, you will have the opportunity to eat the food that you prepare for lunch. Working while attending classes: You are legally allowed to work 20 hours per week, while you are attending this course. Please be sure to show the immigration officer at the border this paper so that your letter is stamped with the proper codes.