The accreditation of statisticians is a voluntary program put together by the SSC in 2004 to bridge recent graduates with professionals and to provide a recognition of statistics as a body of knowledge. Members are required to have not only formal training, typically via an honours or majors degree in statistics, but also demonstrate programming experience and communication skills. Accreditation comes with a mentorship program to help new professionals early in their careers. Members who seek accreditation abide by a code of ethics, and much like engineers or lawyers, accreditation is a guarantee for people outside the field that the member is a professional.
Members with a diploma from specified universities may file an application for accreditation more easily (see http://www.ssc.ca/en/suggested-courses-use-towards-astat-designation). Likewise, PhD degree holders are deemed to have fulfilled all educational requirements (see https://ssc.ca/en/accreditation/applying-accreditation). The application and annual fee help the committee plan continuing education workshops, promote accreditation amongst employers, and support the section.
See also: https://ssc.ca/en/accreditation