This type of assessment cannot be used for immigration purposes. Find out how to get an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Canadian immigration purposes.

Step 1. Before you apply

IQAS evaluates formal academic / technical education. It doesn’t evaluate trades training or vocational / professional training.

An IQAS assessment certificate can help you with:


If you’re looking for a job, an IQAS assessment can help employers understand your education credentials. Attach a copy of your IQAS certificate to your resume and job applications when job searching, to help potential employers understand your educational credentials.


Some universities and colleges need an IQAS assessment for admission. When choosing a school or program to apply to, find out if they accept IQAS certificates.

Find educational institutions that accept IQAS assessments (PDF, 83 KB)


Some professional regulatory organizations use IQAS assessments for their licensing process.

Find professional regulatory organizations that accept IQAS assessments (PDF, 94 KB)

IQAS provides 3 different types of assessments for employment, education or licensure purposes. Ensure that you know which type of assessment you need.

Assessment types and costs

1. Basic Assessment

The most common assessment type, the Basic Assessment is useful if you’re seeking general employment.

It lists:

  • the name of the institution attended
  • the degree(s), diploma(s) or certificate(s) received
  • the length of the program
  • the area of specialization/focus of study
  • a general statement outlining how your education compares to education in Canada


Application fee: $100

Courier fees:

  • to an address in Canada: $15
  • to an address outside of Canada: $75

An additional cost of $100 is required to assess the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) course work report.

2. Educational Assessment

Provides an evaluation for admission into specified universities, colleges or institutes (PDF, 83 KB) in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

It lists:

  • all of the information from the Basic Assessment
  • level of achievement in specific high school subjects required for admission

For best assessment outcomes include both secondary and post-secondary credentials with transcripts / mark sheets for the Educational Assessment.


Application fee: $100

Courier fees:

  • to an address in Canada: $15
  • to an address outside of Canada: $75

3. Specialized Assessment

This type of assessment is provided in special cases required by specific universities, colleges (PDF, 83 KB) or professional regulatory organizations (PDF, 95 KB) in Alberta, Saskatchewan or the Northwest Territories.

The Specialized Assessment requires official documentation indicating courses taken and the number of credits or hours of study. IQAS can’t complete your assessment unless this information is supplied.


Application fee: $200, plus $75 for each additional degree or credential

Courier fees:

  • to an address in Canada: $15
  • to an address outside of Canada: $75

Step 2. Gather your documents

As part of your application package, you’ll need to include:

  • original or certified copies of your diploma / degree / certificate. This is the document issued after your degree / diploma certificate was awarded.
  • original or certified copies of your supporting documents, such as academic transcripts/mark sheets for all years of study
  • one set of photocopies of all educational documents
  • translation of all educational documents, if they’re not in English. If you don’t have translation, see English translation services for options.
  • proof of name (such as a copy of a government issued identity document)
    • if your current name is different than the name on the educational documents, also include a proof of name change (such as a copy of a marriage certificate)

IQAS will return the original documents you send to us, but will keep all the copies, including certified / notarized copies.

If you’re providing copies of your documents, you must get them certified by the institution that issued the document, a Notary Public, or through a statutory declaration that the copies are true copies by a Commissioner for Oaths.

Required documents by country

If you completed your education in one of the countries listed below, find out which documents you will need:

Step 3. Complete online application and pay fees

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. While filling in the online form, you’ll be asked to pay the processing fee – payment options include:
    • Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Debit, Debit or Interac
    • mailing in a cheque, bank draft or money order with your application is also acceptable, but will delay processing
  3. After you submit your online application, you will receive:
    • an email from IQAS with a final PDF version of your application; and
    • an email containing your payment receipt (only if you paid online).
  4. After you receive the email, review, print and sign the application form, then mail it with your checklist and all required documents to IQAS (see Step 4).

Start your online application

Step 4. Mail your application

Please note: we don’t accept applications sent by email.

Your application package should include your:

  • signed IQAS application form with the checklist
  • required documents
  • payment receipt (if paying online) or payment (if using a cheque, bank draft or money order)

Mail the application to:

International Qualifications Assessment Service
9th floor, 9942 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5

Use tracked mail or a courier so you can keep track of your application’s location.

Step 5. After you apply

Delivery address

If your mailing address is in Canada, IQAS will mail your documents to a Canada Post Office near you. You’ll receive a Delivery Notice Card from Canada Post letting you know that your package is available for pick up. Canada Post keeps packages for 15 business days. You’ll need to collect your package on time and show proper identification.

If your mailing address is outside of Canada, your package will be delivered directly to your address.

Change of address

If your address changes after you apply, login to the IQAS application portal:

  • if you applied before November 26, 2018, login here and create a portal account
  • if you applied after November 26, 2018, login here using your username

Reassessment / appeal process

If you’re not satisfied with your assessment, you may submit a request for reassessment in writing to the IQAS office.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of reassessment you can appeal in writing. You’ll need to pay a $75 appeal fee.

Written requests for reassessment or appeal must be submitted within one year of the original date of assessment.

Mail to:

International Qualifications Assessment Service
9th floor, 9942 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5

Processing time

What affects processing time?

  • Processing times start when your signed paper application, credentials, transcripts and other required supporting documents have been delivered to the IQAS office.
  • If an application includes more than one credential to be assessed, it will take at least four weeks longer than average processing times.
  • Assessment of some applications takes longer if extensive research is needed.
  • On average, an assessment takes about 20 weeks to process once all required documents, transcripts and payments are received. Times are not guaranteed and may change based on the number of applications. IQAS receives a high volume of applications.
  • Applications are processed in the order they are received.
  • Courier / mail delivery time is not included in the processing time.

The following numbers are accurate as of July 8, 2019.

Number of applications with “In line for processing” status Approximate processing time of applications with “In line for processing” status
Approximately 300 20 weeks

Status updates

You can track delivery of your mail to IQAS through your courier. It takes several weeks for IQAS to process mail and send you an email confirming receipt of your items.

Monitor the status of your application in the IQAS application portal:

  • if you applied before November 26, 2018, login here and create a portal account
  • if you applied after November 26, 2018, login here using your username

You will see the following statuses in the portal:

Status What it means
Submitted You completed an online application and made online payment
Received Your mailed application package was processed at IQAS (this can occur several weeks after your courier confirmed delivery)
Payment pending Your money order/bank draft has not been processed (it takes more than 6 weeks to process bank draft or money order) or your online payment was not successful
Pending IQAS is waiting for transcripts/other documents, or delivered transcripts/documents were not processed yet
In line for processing All documents needed to start your assessment have been received and logged by IQAS (this can occur several weeks after a courier confirmed delivery)
Assessing Your credentials are being assessed
On hold Your assessment cannot be completed until IQAS receives and logs additional documents, confirmation from educational institution etc.
Final Review Your credential has been assessed and is being validated
Mailed Your assessment was mailed to you and an electronic copy is available at the IQAS application portal
Cancellation pending You requested a cancellation and it is waiting to be processed
Cancelled Your application was cancelled following your request or because assessment could not be completed

Learn more about how IQAS completes assessments

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