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Do I need to get specialized certification before I get hired?


Hi everyone,

I'm just wondering, in Ontario, do I need to get specialized certifications (ICU, Emergency, Coronary care certification) before I apply to jobs? And if I don't have those certificates, what are the chances of me getting a job here? I'm working in Quebec right now and I'm thinking about relocate to Ontario, and I'm desperately needing a job!!!!

Thank you so much for your input

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

If the job requires certification then you will have to get it. The job posting will state the requirements.Some jobs will give you the opportunity to take courses after you are hired. Be aware that the Ontario job market is not very good right now.I wouldn't move until you had a job lined up and your license.Having a certification wouldn't hurt but they take time and you would have to decide what job you were going for.

Edited by loriangel14

Thank you loriangel14 for the reply. It said preferred qualification to have ACLS and certified course. Does that mean I have to have them?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

It means better to have but not compulsory.

Thank you Silverdragon102 for the reply!