study groups

Directions for Immigrants offers study groups to help you prepare for accreditation exams and employment success. Our clients review materials as outlined in the exam syllabus and/or study materials through a question and answer format. Clients also improve study skills and develop test taking skills. Attention is also paid to the development of relevant vocabulary as well as an understanding of terminology and Canadian business culture. Study groups are also a useful resource for peer support among the participants. The study groups are facilitated by a Career Coach with training in adult education and group facilitation and when possible co-facilitated by a professional in the field of study.

Currently, professional exam study groups are available for:



Engineering and Geoscience

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

The focus is on assisting internationally educated engineers in preparing for the FE, which may be required as part of the licensing process with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). 

Facilitated sessions will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and discipline-specific peer study groups will be held Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. The Saturday sessions will focus on the fundamentals of engineering and are facilitated by a licensed engineer. The Wednesday sessions will be an opportunity for you to collaborate with others in your discipline to study materials specific to your discipline. The Wednesday sessions are not facilitated. The materials covered in the Saturday study group will cover the common FE material. Please be aware that the FE exam is a discipline specific examination. 

For information on the FE exam please visit: ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/ 

To participate in the FE Study Group you are required to: 
  • Have applied to be a member of APEGA 
  • Have been assessed by APEGA to write the technical exam 
  • Be scheduled or planning to write the technical exam within two weeks of completing the FE Study Group 
  • Purchase the required textbooks 
  • Be ready, willing and able to commit to attending all Saturday AND Wednesday sessions
  • Be ready, willing and able to study 20 – 25 hours per week
  • Participate in the FE Orientation session and write an assessment exam 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator 
Please note that due to the number of clients interested in the FE Study Group, a selection process is in place. 

Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility.


Study Group dates

Saturdays, October 15, 2016 to February 25, 2017 | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Facilitated sessions)
and
Wednesdays, October 19, 2016 to January 25, 2017 |  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (Mandatory peer study sessions)


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National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE)

The focus of this study group is on assisting internationally educated engineers, geologists, geophysicists and professional technologists in preparing for the NPPE as a requirement of the licensing process with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) or the Professional Technologist designation with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)

The 11 session NPPE study group is offered several times a year.

Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility.

To participate in the NPPE Study Group you are required to:

  • Have applied to be a member of APEGA or ASET
  • Have a minimum of two years of engineering or geosciences work experience before writing the NPPE.
  • Have registered to write the NPPE and paid the fees before the specified deadline.
  • Purchased the NPPE study materials.
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Study group dates:
Saturdays, September 7 to November 16, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

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Medical Laboratory Science

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Certification Exam

The focus will be on assisting internationally educated Medical Laboratory Technologists in preparing for the exam required as part of the licensing process with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

Please note this study group is not affiliated with The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national certifying body. 

Delivery method: 
Blended delivery - Online (D2L) and Adobe Connect sessions with a facilitator

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Registered with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
  • Be deemed eligible to write the exam by CSMLS
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Upcoming Study Group: 
August 6 to October 8, 2016


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Nursing

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses NCLEX-RN®

As of January 2015 the licensing exam required as part of the licensing process with College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) became the computer-adaptive test NCLEX-RN® Examination. For more information please visit CARNA.

NCLEX-RN Study Group: Facilitated by a Registered Nurse. 

Our goal is to assist internationally educated nurses in preparing for the examination required as part of the licensing process in Canada. We help you prepare to write the exam with confidence. This no-cost NCLEX-RN Study Group is only available for eligible clients. 

Eligibility requirements: 
  • Be an internationally educated nurse 
  • Be deemed eligible to write the NCLEX-RN by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Delivery method: 
  • Calgary residents: Face to face 
  • Alberta residents outside Calgary: Virtual online sessions 
Take the first step and book an appointment with a career coach to determine eligibility. Call 403-770-5155 

Study Group Dates:

Saturdays, July 9 to October 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 am to noon


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International Medical Graduates

Study Groups for International Medical Graduates (IMG Physicians)

Directions for Immigrants offers study groups for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCC EE), Qualifying Examination Part I (QE I), Qualifying Examination Part II (QE II) and the National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE). The aim of the study groups is to facilitate focused learning and provide a learning environment in which Canadian medical content can be explored, discussed, and modeled.

These study groups are co-facilitated by Licensed Physicians and Senior Residents.

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Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Examination Part I (MCC EE & QE1)

This study group is facilitated by licensed physicians and the career coach

The goal is to prepare IMGs for maximum performance on these examinations through building upon the participants’ current knowledge by offering a structured facilitated review. The sessions are focused at the clinical clerkship level as an effective review of clinical knowledge, ethics, critical thinking, decision making abilities and exam taking skills for both the MCC EE and QE1. 

Sessions include a required pre and post assessment. 

Study sessions are held twice a week for 3 hours or 3 times a week as required. 

To participate in the MCC EE & QE1 study group, participants are required to: 

  • Attend a pre-screen to assess candidates readiness for this study group
  • Have registered for an upcoming MCC EE or MCC QE1 exam and provide proof
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator

Please phone 403.770.5155 to book an appointment. For more information, please visit the Medical Council of Canada website. 

All applicants will be added to a potential participant list until notification of acceptance. Final acceptance to the study group is based on available space and personal suitability to the group and the objectives of the study group. 


Screening MCC Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Exam I

Acceptance to the MCCEE and QE1 study groups requires participation in a 6 hour assessment offered in 2 sessions. The assessment will comprise of cases and tasks from real wards. Participants will be assessed on aspects of their previous training, communication skills, comprehension and ability to adapt and ability to learn the frameworks of the Canadian system.  The assessment criteria is based upon CANMEDs roles for residents. Final acceptance to an IMG study group will be based on an aggregate score from participant’s needs assessment and the 6 hour assessment, which will have objective and subjective marking scales completed both by a physician and the career coach. All decisions will be final and participants may reapply for future study group offerings.

Limited spaces are available in the IMG study groups. 

For more information, call the main desk at 403-770-5155. 

Study Group
Tuesdays and Saturdays: July 26 to October 25, 2016
Tuesdays: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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National Assessment Collaboration & Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II)

This study group is facilitated by licensed physicians, senior residents and a career coach. The goal is to prepare IMGs for maximum performance on these examinations through building upon the participants’ current skills and abilities by offering a structured facilitated study group. The sessions focus on primary care coupled with in depth reviews of clinical knowledge and skills, ethics, professionalism, communication and decision making abilities required of physicians in Canada.  Sessions include a practice NAC OSCE. 

The study group's objectives are: 
  • To understand the NAC OSCE objectives, formats and measurements 
  • To deepen and widen clinical knowledge and critical thinking in all focus areas of the OSCE through interactive clinical case presentations, assignments, case studies, performance feedback, practice OSCE and evaluations 
  • To enhance communication, cultural and language skills relative to the passing of the OSCE 

Sessions are held twice a week. 

To participate in the study group, participants are required to: 
  • Provide copies of MCCEE and MCCQE1 results 
  • Have met the required language benchmarks for application to AIMGP 
  • Proof of registration with the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP) may be requested. 
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Screening National Assessment Collaboration & Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II)

Acceptance to the National Assessment Collaboration & Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II (MCCQE Part II) study group requires participation in a 3 hour assessment offered in 3 sessions. The assessment will comprise of cases and tasks from real wards. Participants will be assessed on aspects of their previous training, communication skills, comprehension and ability to adapt and ability to learn the frameworks of the Canadian system.  The assessment criteria is based upon CANMEDs roles for residents. Final acceptance to an IMG study group will be based on an aggregate score from participant’s needs assessment and the 6 hour assessment, which will have objective and subjective marking scales completed both by a physician and the career coach. All decisions will be final and participants may reapply for future study group offerings.

Limited spaces are available in the IMG study groups. 

For more information, call the main reception at 403-770-5155.

Study Group
Thursdays and Saturdays: July 7 to September 8, 2016


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The R 3 Series

Beyond the Exams – The R3 Series - Remembering, Reasoning, Residency Preparation (formerly Integrative Series)

This study group is facilitated by a licensed physician and career coach focusing on giving IMGs simulations of real wards with cases from a wide breadth of specialties with tasks ranging from patient management to dealing with ethical issues on the ward. The goal is to assist IMGs in preparing for OSCE, higher levels of assessment or clinical employment. The focus is on clinical problem solving abilities across all disciplines. 
The study group will be held over 5 days consisting of 3 hour sessions.
Tasks will include:

  1. History and physical of patients
  2. Management of unstable patients
  3. Trauma assessments
  4. Laboratory/diagnostic ordering and assessment
  5. Discharge planning
  6. Resident duties (academic rounds including presentations)
  7. Managing ethical/communication issues

To participate, participants are required to:

  • Have successfully written and passed the MCC Evaluating Exam (MCC EE)
  • Have successfully written and passed the MCC Qualifying Examination Part I (MCC QE1) or be pending notification
  • Meet the Alberta International Medical Graduate Program (AIMGP) and College of Physician and Surgeon’s Alberta language criteria
  • Registered or intending to register for the NAC or MCC QEII OSCE immediately following completion of the R3 Series and provide proof of registration OR have recently passed NAC and intend to compete for residency in the current cycle.
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Candidates must meet with a Career Coach for an eligibility assessment and be approved by the program coordinator. There is limited number of spaces available for this study group. All applicants are added to a potential participant list until notification of acceptance. Final acceptance to the study group is based on available space and personal suitability to the group and the objectives of the study group. Applicants may be required to attend an in person interview. For more information, call the main reception at 403-770-5155.

The next session is starting in June 2016

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Pharmacy

Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Evaluating Exam

This study group consists of reviewing materials as outlined in the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Evaluating Exam syllabus and/or study materials through a question and answer format. This exam is administered twice a year. 

To participate in the PEBC EE Study Group you are required to:

  • Apply and pay the fee to have your documents evaluated by the PEBC. Note: You must have your documents evaluated before you write the Evaluating Exam. 
  • Submit the Evaluating Exam application form and pay the examination fee.
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility.


Upcoming study groups dates:

February - June, 2017 (Dates to be determined)

Wednesdays, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Delivery method:

Calgary residents: Face to face
Alberta residents outside Calgary: Distance (Virtual and online)                           

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Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I (MCQ)

Co-facilitated by a Licensed Pharmacist and a Career Coach.   The goal is to assist internationally educated pharmacists in preparing for the exam required as part of the licensing process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The focus will be on reviewing the learning materials, as outlined in the syllabus through a question and answer format, and on developing test taking skills. This exam is held twice a year. 

Eligibility requirements: 
• Meet with a career coach to assess eligibility and readiness for the study group (study group assessment)
• Have registered for an upcoming PEBC QEI (MCQ) exam and provide proof
• Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator
• Have a copy of the latest version of Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC) 

Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility. 

Study groups dates: 

February 9 - May 11, 2017 Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 

Delivery method: 
Calgary residents: Face to face 
Alberta residents outside Calgary: Distance (Virtual and online)

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Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam Part II (OSCE)

Co-facilitated by a Licensed Pharmacist and a Career Coach

The goal is to assist internationally educated pharmacists in preparing for the  exam required as part of the licensing process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The participants practice mock clinical scenarios. This exam is held twice a year. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Meet with a career coach and pass a pre-assessment to assess eligibility and readiness for this study group (study group assessment).
  • Be eligible and registered for an upcoming PEBC QEII (OSCE) exam and provide proof.
  • Have passed PEBC QEII (MCQ) exam and provide proof.
  • Be registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) and meet their language requirements.
  • Be approved by a career coach/facilitator/coordinator.
  • Have a copy of the latest version of Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments (CTMA) and Compendium of Therapeutic Choices (CTC).

Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility.

Study group dates:

February 9 - May 11, 2017

Mondays and Thursdays, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Delivery method:

Face to face

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Job Success Groups

Clear Communication for Business

Complete this job success group in 1 week! Improve your soft skills and learn how to develop essential communication skills required to be successful in the workplace.

Topics include:

~ Overcoming Communication Barriers

~ Interacting Professionally in the Workplace

~ Canadian Workplace Culture

“The experience is precious. I learned communication skills and expanded my network”

Weixing, Participant

Clients must have already met with a Career Coach and have an action plan in place.

Call 403-770-5155 to book an appointment to determine eligibility

Upcoming Group Dates:

September 12 - 16, 2016

October 31 - November 4, 2016

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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Clear Communication for Health Professionals

Complete this No Cost job success group in just 1 week! These sessions will help you to fine-tune communication skills with patients and colleagues from many other health care fields. You will learn through role play and exercises the expectations of Canadian patients and health care providers. Topics include:

~ Overcoming Communication Barriers

~ Interacting Professionally in the Workplace

~ Canadian Workplace Culture

“It is a very useful group in terms of preparing you for entering the Canadian Health System.

It helps you to learn how to communicate with patients.” Ijeoma, participant

Upcoming group dates:

August 22 - 26, 2016

Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Client must meet with a career coach and have an action plan in place before joining the group.

Call 403-770-5155 to book and appointment to determine eligibility

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