An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) body evaluates an applicant’s qualification against the Canadian education standards. If you are looking to evaluate your academic achievements for the Canada Skilled Worker Visa, you might be asked to get your evaluation done from a respective body. Here we list the bodies that conduct evaluations with respect to specific occupation profile.

World Education Services (WES)

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) World Education Services (WES) provide Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) for educational certifications earned outside of Canada. The IRCC requires immigrants to process their ECA before applying for any immigration programs. WES not only provides the evaluation to aspiring immigrants but also to foreign students willing to pursue further education in Canada.

About 2,00,000 credentials are evaluated every year by WES. This is why WES is renowned as the biggest educational credential assessment body in North America and Canada. A positive ECA allows employers, professional licensing boards and educational institutions to make tentative decisions regarding a foreign candidate.

The proprietary database of WES contains 20,000 academic credentials from 200 different countries and from 45,000 foreign institutions.

Here is complete information about WES: Everything You Need To Know About WES Educational Credential Evaluation

International Credential Assessment Services of Canada (ICAS)

Just like the WES as mentioned earlier, the ICAS also conducts the educational credential assessment for academic achievements achieved outside of Canada.

The Assessment Reports prepared by ICAS describes the education pursued outside Canada and how it fairs against Ontario/Canada standards. In ICAS, a candidate’s secondary and postsecondary educational achievements are taken into consideration.

An ICAS Assess Report will only be able to form a positive report if:

  • A Candidate is living in Canada but has pursued all or some of his education abroad.
  • The candidate is not a Canada citizen but decides to pursue education or work in Canada.
  • A candidate is looking to immigrate to Canada.
  • Any candidate living in Canada and planning to work in the USA under the TN Visa.
  • A candidate has pursued education from any province of Canada but requires an Ontario qualification for studying or employment.
  • A candidate is living in Canada but is seeking education in other countries.

ECA for College Applications

If a candidate is applying for a college in Ontario, the particular college may require the candidate to get his education assessment done. ICAS can also send the electronic copy of the assessed report to the respective college(s).

ECA for Immigration

While immigrating to Canada, candidates can go through the ICAS assessment. The Assessment Report can be used for seeking employment or further education.

The ICAS Assessment Report will help a candidate to understand as to how the education he completed stands against the Canadian education standards.

Comparative Education Service (CES)

The Comparative Education Service also provides the educational assessment to candidates. The Assessment Report generated by Comparative Education Service can also be used for Federal Skilled Worker Visa, Federal Skills Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program.

The IRCC accepts the evaluation reports for immigrants, which can then help employers and educational institutions to consider the candidate.

CES is recognized by the CICIC and is a member of Alliance of Credential Assessment Services of Canada. CES is the only university-based academic assessment agency. CES reports are duly considered by the Government of Canada, CICIC, Employers, Immigration agencies, etc.

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta based government service. IQAS is a service designated by the government of Canada to provide ECA for immigration.

An ECA issued through IQAS can be used for the Canadian Federal Skilled Worker Program. People seeking immigration to Canada can apply for IQAS. In case, a candidate possesses a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, he does not need to apply for IQAS credential.

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

The ICES is the education credential evaluation service designated by CIC for immigration purposes. Though ICES evaluates a number of educations, there is still certain education that ICES does not cover.

The ICES does not cover trade qualification, military training, second language training, professional licensing, apprenticeships, and non-recognized institutions.

Official documents for the assessment require the candidate to submit his degree and mark sheet transcript.

Medical Council of Canada

Candidates who have completed their medical studies generally get their educational credentials evaluated by Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Candidates are required to have their medical degree or diploma source verified.

With a verified medical degree or diploma, a candidate can request an ECA report.

The Medical ECA report takes up to 21 business days for processing. After the application is processed, the candidate will receive a message on his account. The candidate can attain the hard copy of the report after eight weeks.

Mentioned Below is a Table that states the details about educational credential assessment bodies

Assessing Body Web Address Fee in CAD Assessment Time Assessed Assessment Applicable
World Education Society (WES) Fees-$200
Courier Charges-$85
25 Business Days Immigrants/Students Everybody
Comparative Education Service (CES) Fees-$210
Courier Charges-$25
14 Weeks Immigrants/Students Everybody
International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) Fees-$200
Courier Charges –$85
12 Weeks Immigrants/Students Everybody
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Fees-$200
Courier Charges- $75
12 Weeks Immigrants/Students Everybody
International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) Fees-$200
Courier Charges –$75
8 Weeks Immigrants/Students Everybody
Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Part 1- $1820 14 Days Medical Practitioners Only Candidates from Medical Field


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