About Us

Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC)

Since its inception in 1985, LARCC has been dedicated to providing quality language assessments, information, counselling, referral, and support services geared towards enhancing newcomers’ settlement and integration outcomes. Based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), the national standard for assessing newcomers’ literacy and official language proficiency, LARCC offers formal assessments of newcomer communicative competence in English, provides coordinated information and presents options for appropriate and relevant language and occupational programs and opportunities.

LARCC is a partnership of two agency programs: 

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Assessment Program funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

  • Language and Vocational Assessment (LVA) and Counselling Program funded by Alberta Labour and Immigration


  • Online (CLBPT, CLB-LPT)
  • In person (CLBPT, CLBA, CLB-LPT, ELTPA)

Educational counselling: An in-depth exploration of career and educational goals with an educational counsellor and development of a comprehensive educational plan.

  • Online
  • In person
  • By phone

Information sessions for newcomers: Information sessions for newcomers on various topics relating to careers and employment, education and student financing, language assessments, and more.

  • Online

Presentations for students and professionals: Information sessions for newcomer students on education, employment, language assessments, and community resources in Edmonton OR professional development sessions for LINC/ESL instructors and other service-providing staff.

  • Online
  • In person

Educational credential assessment: LARCC is a referral partner for the World Education Services (WES) Gateway Program, which assesses the credentials of displaced people who may have limited proof of academic achievements.

  • Online
  • In person


Our team consists of a Program Manager, Team Leaders, Language Assessors and Educational Counsellors, Intake Workers, Program Assistants, and a Program Coordinator.

Our Language Assessors are trained and certified by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) and Achēv, the former Centre for Education and Training (TCET).

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