In Canada, to work in a “regulated” occupation you must first pass a licensing process conducted by the organization mandated to regulate entry into and practise of that occupation in Manitoba.

The “regulatory body” issues a licence or certificate and registers you to work in that profession or trade.

Professions are self-regulating; an organization made up of people working in that profession is mandated by law to register and regulate practising members.

Below is a list of professions in Manitoba; each job title links to the professional organization that, through the authority of provincial legislation, regulates entry into and the practice of that profession.

To learn about professional career opportunities and qualification recognition including the licensing steps in Manitoba, visit Job Bank > Explore Careers > Education & Job Requirements: Manitoba tab: Information for Newcomers, being sure to select Manitoba as your location.

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While “professions” are generally considered to self-governing career specialties, many other occupations are subject to government regulation.

Considering yourself and your co-workers professional is different than practising a regulated profession where, by law, only certified, registered or licensed individuals can use a professional title. (Ex: doing accounting work as a bookkeeper or payroll clerk does not make you a chartered or certified accountant.)

Moreover, jobs such as real estate agent and stockbrocker have qualification processes similar to professions; police undergo special selection and training to be legally empowered as officers; transport truck driver, and even food servers, must undergo training and testing to receive mandatory licences.

As well, the certification of K-12 school teachers and the classification of early childhood educators is done by the Manitoba Government.

Finally, many occupational groups have associations of people who work in that job or profession. Ex: Doctors Manitoba is a professional association that, like a union, represents the interests of practitioners, who are regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba; another example is the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, which assesses and registers practitioners who then call themselves registered massage therapists (the RMT title is voluntary yet very advisable).

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