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, 152 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, 82 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, 152 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 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

Processing time

  • applications take about 15 weeks to process after all required documents and payments are received
  • some applications may take longer to assess if extensive research is required
  • times may vary based on the number of applications IQAS receives
  • mail delivery time is not calculated in the processing time

Learn more about how IQAS completes assessments

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

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