Refugee Sponsorship Training Program

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The RSTP’s e-training courses provide participants with continuous learning opportunities which have been developed to reinforce the information, requirements, and considerations related to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program.  Each of these online courses have been designed to provide knowledge, practical examples, best practices and timely resources to equip potential and existing sponsors for undertaking a private sponsorship.  These courses can be accessed online, from any device, and at a time that works best for the participating learner. Potential and current sponsors will benefit from focusing in on the information that is relevant for what they need to know  – at the time when they need it – and accessing training materials and resource wherever and whenever they want.

Courses below are offered in English (for e-training courses in French, please click this link)

Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (IET101 – view course syllabus | view course schedule)
This is a self-study, online course facilitated by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), and funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This 9-week introductory level course is designed to provide participating students with an overview of the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program in Canada. Students will also gain an understanding of the international context in which the Canadian PSR program operates. By offering this E-Training course free of charge to participants, the RSTP aims to strengthen the knowledge base and work of current and future refugee sponsors and service providers in Canada.

The next session for the IET 101 course will run from: 16 May – 17 July 2022

Follow these simple steps below to be enrolled in the next session:

  1. Do you already have an etraining user account?

Simply login and submit the IET101 course enrollment request

  1. For those who do not have an etraining user account

You will first need to create an RSTP E-Training User Account

Follow the instructions provided in this demonstration video:

REMEMBER to write down/save the login username and password that you have created.

  1. Enrollment Confirmation and Welcome Email
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours (M-F during business hours) to confirm that you have been added to the course.
  • A Welcome to the IET101 Course! email will also be sent to let you know when the course will begin.


Assessment of Refugees and Sponsors for the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (AET201 – view course syllabus)
This advanced level training follows the pre-requisite introductory level course. Only students who have received a certificate for the above IET 101 course may request to be enrolled in this advanced level training.  Participants will build upon their previous learning and receive practical experience on how to assess:

1. the eligibility and admissibility of refugees
2. the financial eligibility and capacity of sponsors

This is a self-study structured course which can be completed within 5 to 15 weeks depending on the participant’s availability and pace of learning. Participants will build upon their previous IET101 learning about international legal instruments, UNHCR’s resettlement criteria, the Refugee Status Determination (RSD), durable solutions, Canada’s eligibility and admissibility criteria, and the financial obligations of sponsors upon arrival.

AET201 Workshops

Students will also have the option to participate in two workshops where they can gain practical experience and guidance in an online group setting. AET201 course participants are invited to work on case examples or their own sponsorship case scenarios. In the first 2 hour workshop, we will walk through the steps of assessing for eligibility and admissibility of refugees. In the second 2 hour workshop, students will practice assessing financial contributors to a sponsorship and be guided through the use of the RSTP’s Minimum Support Calculation Tool for determining the cost of sponsorship. Upon completion of the workshop, students will have gained practical experience and will be equipped with useful tools which they can use in preparation for submitting their own potential sponsorships.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Introduction to the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (IET101) course.

The next session for the AET 201 course will run from: 02 May – 14 Aug 2022


Becoming a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) (SAH 101)
This self-study course aims to provide introductory information about becoming a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH), and is a mandatory component of the application process to become a SAH. SAHs are incorporated organizations that have signed a formal agreement with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and IRCC that enables them to sponsor a certain number of refugees each year. The course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a SAH, so that organizations that are applying to become SAHs have a better understanding of what is expected of them.



If you intend to apply to become a SAH in 2022 and would like to pre-register for the mandatory etraining course, please complete the Organization Pre-assessment Form.

The next session for the SAH 101 course will take place: Approximately May – July 2022