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Academic Credential Assessment
Educational requirements differ for every profession and trade, and there are a number of different organizations that assess someone's schooling to ensure it meets Ontario's standards.
Each regulatory body in Ontario decides how to assess an applicant's academic credentials.
Some educational institutions and occupational regulatory bodies have their own academic assessment processes. Some use the services of a Credential Assessment Service. Before you apply to a professional regulatory body for licensure or certification, check with them about their requirements and how they assess academic credentials.
You should also check with potential employers and/or schools to see if they have a preferred credential assessment service.
Find out more about credential assessment.
Credential Assessment Services
World Education Services – Canada
World Education Services – Canada (WES-Canada)
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Toll Free: 1-866-343-0070
WES-Canada converts foreign secondary and post-secondary educational qualifications into their Ontario equivalents. Document-by-document, course-by-course or customized reports are available for educational, immigration, licensing or employment purposes. Services and assessment reports are available in English and French.
Comparative Education Service
Comparative Education Service
University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies
158 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V8
Telephone: 416-978-2400 ext. 3
The Comparative Education Service (CES) of the University of Toronto provides assessments of international academic qualifications and compares them to those offered in Canada, which helps employers to better understand its clients' credentials. Evaluates credentials for employment purposes. Services are available in French, but assessment reports are available in English only.
International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) of Canada
ICAS of Canada
100 Stone Road West, Suite 303
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3
Toll Free (in Canada): 1-800-321-6021
The International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS) of Canada evaluates all documents at any educational level for assistance with employment, educational or career planning. General, detailed and customized reports are available to meet all needs. Reports are available in English and French.
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC)- provides a list of recognized evaluation services in Canada.
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credential (CICIC) - assists and informs you about foreign credential recognition and the assessment of diplomas and qualification in Canada.
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office - provides internationally trained individuals with the information, path-finding and referral services to have their credentials assessed and recognized. The FCRO is also responsible for guiding and monitoring the implementation of pre-arrival services.
Evaluate My Credentials – This section of Settlement.org, a public website for newcomers to Ontario, provides you with information on credentials assessment.
World Education Profiles - This World Education Services Canada database provides you with profiles of worldwide educational systems and their Ontario equivalents.
Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada - This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked questions to help individuals learn more about how to obtain assessment and recognition of their qualifications.
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