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.

Registration for the English IET101 Summer session has now closed.

Follow these simple steps below added to the next session waitlist:

  1. Create an RSTP etraining user account (Need help? Learn how to create a user account by watching this demo video)
  2. Email: and insert the following:
  • subject line: IET101 – User Account created – please add me to Fall Session Waitlist
  • body text: let us know the username you created and the email address you used to create the account
    (please do not send us your password, but be sure to save it somehow so you do not forget it)

The next session for the IET 101 course will run from: 27 Sept 2021 – 28 Nov 2021


Assessment of Refugees and Sponsors for the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (AET 201)
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. There will be an optional 2-hour workshop for course participants who would like to gain some 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 as we walk through the steps of assessing for eligibility and admissibility of refugees as well as calculating the financial capacity for potential sponsorships. 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: 18 January – 3 May, 2021


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.

The 2021 application submission period will be open from 30 April – 30 July, 2021.


Please read the Becoming a SAH brochure for information on who is eligible to apply to become a SAH. The organization applying to become a SAH must:

For more information on the application process to become a SAH or to download a copy of the application package to become a SAH, please visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

The next session for the SAH 101 course will run from: 30 April – 30 July, 2021


Notify the online course coordinator by email that your organization wishes to be added to the list for mandatory training. Use the following email subject line: “SAH101 – Becoming a SAH Online Course Request”