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:

Employment

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.

Education

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)

Licensing

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
  • a general statement outlining how your education compares to education in Canada

Cost

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.

Cost

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 needed by some 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 cannot complete your assessment unless this information is supplied.

Cost

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

  • Do not send original documents unless required.
  • IQAS is not responsible for original documents that are not required and will not return them if submitted.

Application, checklist and proof of payment

Complete your application online through the IQAS client portal. Be sure to follow the checklist instructions in the portal carefully for uploading supporting documents when submitting your application online.

Note that IQAS does not need your to mail your application or documents that you uploaded in the portal.

Identification

  • Clear scan or photo of your passport (identity page(s) only), or alternative government-issued identification (if passport is unavailable), must be included in the portal.
  • Clear scan or photo of proof of name change (if applicable) must be uploaded in the portal:
    • needed only if your current name is different than the name on the educational documents
    • can be a photocopy of a marriage certificate, record of landing, passport, etc.
    • does not need to be a certified true or notarized copy

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

Step 3. Complete online application and pay fees

  1. Complete and submit the online application using the IQAS application portal. IQAS offers different assessments. Be sure you request the correct assessment and submit the correct fees, as assessments for employment, education and licensure cannot be used to apply for Immigration to Canada.
  2. Make sure your application is complete. The following documents must be uploaded in the portal:
    • passport, identity page(s) or alternative government-issued identification (is passport is unavailable)
    • proof of name change (if applicable)
    • translations for all non-English documents you are uploading
  3. 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 academic documents is also acceptable, but will delay processing by about 6 weeks.
  4. After you submit your online application, you will receive:
    • an email from IQAS with your file number and a final PDF version of your application, and
    • an email containing your payment receipt (only if you paid online).
  5. Print the payment receipt.

Start your online application

If you applied before November 5, 2019, you must ensure that you have printed, signed (in ink) and mailed or couriered IQAS your paper application form. If you applied on or after November 5, 2019, you do not need to print, sign and send your paper application form to IQAS. As of November 5, 2019, applicants sign their form electronically as part of submitting the application.

Do not cancel or reapply, if you applied before November 5, 2019. Cancelling and reapplying will make your processing time longer. Follow the instructions related to your application at the time of submitting your application.

Academic documents must still be mailed/couriered to IQAS.

Step 4. Mail your academic documents

In the same envelope, you must clearly identify your IQAS file number and include the following documents, and send it to the IQAS office by registered mail or courier:

  • Original or certified true copies of the diploma(s) / degree(s) / certificate(s) you want to have assessed. This is the document issued after your degree / diploma certificate was awarded.
    • for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees, send an original or certified true copy of the PhD degree and cover page of the thesis
    • certified true copies mean copies that are certified by the institution/issuing authority, a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths.
  • Original or certified true copies of your academic transcripts/mark sheets for the diploma(s) / degree(s) / certificate(s) you want to have assessed.
  • See “Required Documents by Country” (further below) for details about supporting documents required for specific countries.
  • One set of photocopies of these educational documents
  • Translation(s) of all educational documents not in English. If you don’t have translations, see English translation services for options.

Required documents by country

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

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

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

If IQAS needs more information

If IQAS needs any additional documents or information, you will be contacted by email, phone or mail.

If IQAS cannot complete your assessment

If IQAS cannot complete the assessment based on documentation submitted, you may be contacted for further information or your application may be cancelled. IQAS will let you know if your application has been cancelled.

Refunds

Refunds or partial refunds will be issued if an assessment cannot be completed due to insufficient documentation, a finding that the institution is not recognized and/or a finding that the credential(s) submitted cannot be assessed by IQAS.

Refunds are not provided if documents appear to be:

  • altered
  • tampered with
  • forged
  • falsely translated

Request a duplicate certificate

  • Duplicate certificates cost $15 per copy, plus a $5 courier fee per mailing address.
  • To request an additional copy of your IQAS certificate, log in to the IQAS application portal 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
Canada

Processing time

What affects processing time?

  • Processing time starts when IQAS matches the required educational documents you mail/courier to the IQAS office with the online application.
  • 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 21 weeks to process once all required documents, transcripts and payments are delivered to IQAS. 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 November 1, 2019.

Number of applications with “In line for processing” status Approximate processing time of applications after all required documents and payments are delivered to the IQAS office
Approximately 300 21 weeks

Status updates

You can track delivery of your mail to IQAS through your courier. It takes several months 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 online application package and supporting documents (sent by mail/courier) have been matched (this can take several months)
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 months 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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