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International Credential Evaluation Services (ICES Canada)

What is ICES Canada?

ICES Canada is a government-mandated service in British Columbia, but serves the interests of all internationally educated applicants throughout Canada.

ICES Canada mandate

ICES Canada will provide individuals possessing educational credentials from outside BC or Canada with accurate, equitable, affordable, and reliable evaluations of their educational documents (Per Alliance agreement: Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (QAF)). 

ICES Canada compares education earned outside of Canada to the general education ladder in Canada. ICES Canada reports offer a general comparability of the years and levels of study. ICES Canada recommendations are set by considering several factors including:

  • The minimum academic credential one must hold in order to be admitted to the program.
  • The level and duration of the program.
  • The program of study to which the credential provides access in the country of origin.
  • The recognition of the institution and program.

The scope and limits of an ICES Canada report

ICES Canada follows the standard methodology used in evaluation services throughout Canada and the United States and we apply this methodology consistently to all of our clients. ICES Canada does not evaluate course content or make a judgment on the quality of individual credentials. ICES is not in a position to evaluate the merits of each individual’s performance or knowledge (other than on the basis of grades). Instead, ICES offers a service which authenticates documents, conducts research based on well established methodologies, and then issues an evaluation report that provides a general recommendation of the comparability of education earned outside of Canada to the Canadian education system.

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Please note that evaluations completed by ICES Canada are advisory in nature and do not guarantee, replace or supersede the assessments required by professional or trade associations or for admission to educational institutions or organizations. The evaluation reports are designed to support and facilitate hiring or admission decisions made by employers, regulatory bodies and educational institutions. Please note, all reports are provided in hard copy format only. Due to security reasons, we do not provide the report electronically.

Lastly, ICES Canada does not provide preliminary assessments prior to formal application. This is unfortunately not our process. We cannot review documents via email, fax or other means to determine comparability prior to receiving an actual application. Once an application, fees and documents are received, we can then review the submitted information in order to determine if all the necessary information has been submitted. For more information about requirements, please visit our requirements page. You can choose to receive the results of the evaluation by regular mail or by courier. Regular mail does not mean registered mail nor does is require a signature for delivery.

Important ICES Canada News:

  • Ivory Coast: due to a recent increase in the number of fraudulent documents originating from this country, applicants who submit credentials from the Ivory Coast will experience further delays due to verification procedures we have put in place. This applies to both general and ECA evaluation reports.
  • All rush requests have been suspended until further notice. 
  • Applications from Syria
  • ICES is unable to send any mail by courier to Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo or Turkmenistan. Cuba has restricted incoming mail by courier only. Also, Canada Post has temporarily suspended all mail services to Syria. Please see this notification of the OFAC trade embargo for more information.

ICES Canada assessment for Canada immigration purposes

ICES Canada has been designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for Canadian immigration purposes (Express Entry and Permanent Residency).

For ICES Canada assessment for other general purposes please click General: Education, Employment, Licensure Registration.

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An Educational Credential Assessment is a statement of the general comparability of international educational credentials to a completed Canadian educational credential, in the format that Citizenship and Immigration Canada / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires.

  • Under the guidelines provided by the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), ICES will only provide ECA reports for fully completed academic credentials. A certificate, diploma, or degree must have been completed and awarded.
  • If you intend to apply as a Physician/Specialist Physician (NOC 3111 or 3112) and plan to pursue licensure you are advised to be assessed by the Medical Council of Canada.
  • Individuals applying as a Pharmacist (NOC 3131) and intending to pursue licensure are advised to have an assessment from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
  • If you are applying for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, please visit Atlantic Immigration site for further details.
  • For more information about the immigration process related to services offered by ICES please visit Canadian Immigration and Express Entry.
  • CES Canada does not evaluate:
  • Trade qualifications
  • Military training
  • Second language training
  • Professional licenses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work or life experience
  • Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
  • Non-credit professional development courses
  • Incomplete or provisional academic credentials

Note the credential must be at least comparable to one-year of full-time study.To proceed with the application for an Educational Credential Assessment please see Step 1 below.

For Immigration: Step 1

Document Requirements

You must arrange to submit official documents

  • These documents must be sent directly to ICES from your educational institution or educational authority.
    • For a document to be considered official, it must meet the following standards:
      • Mailed from educational institution directly to ICES office
      • Document has never been handled by client, client’s friend or relative
      • Bears proper seals, signatures, and postal markings
    • Official documents can also be sent by the academic authority directly to our office via email. (icesinfo@bcit.ca)
      • If being sent by email, they must be sent from a traceable university issued email account (educational domain) and signed by an appropriate university authority (i.e. registrar, controller of examinations, head of records etc.). Emails from generic accounts will not be accepted (i.e. Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). Please ensure your school is not simply forwarding your scans. Documents must be stamped/signed/verified by an appropriate authority before they send them to us.
    • The documents must confirm what you have studied and that you have completed the program.
    • In most cases an official transcript is sufficient as long as the completion of the award is noted within. If confirmation of the award is not present in the academic transcript, this information can arrive in letter form from the appropriate authority accompanying the official transcript of records.
    • If a degree or transcript cannot be re-issued, applicants may make arrangements for an official letter of confirmation to be sent directly to ICES. This letter of confirmation must include details about study and the credential awarded (including the date of award). This confirmation can be sent by mail or by email as long as the source can be confirmed.
    • The mode of delivery (regular/distance education/part-time/full-time) and campus location must also be included on the official documents or in an accompanying letter.
    • If translations of official documents are required, clients will be contacted once official documents arrive to ICES. Please see more information about translations below.
    • Applicants with credentials from the People’s Republic of China will be required to have a China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) validation sent directly to our offices. For non-university or Benke-level awards you may choose to arrange for credential authenticity reports to be sent directly to ICES by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC/CHSI).

Clients must submit:

  • Colour copies of photo identification documents.
    • Such as a passport, national identification card or driver’s license
  • Colour copies of the front and back of each final award.
    • Such as a degree, diploma or certificate
  • Colour copies of the front and back of each academic record.
    • Such as a transcript, marks cards, or diploma supplement
  • Copies of the literal (not interpretive) certified translations of each of these documents into English or French
    • ICES will forward any official documents requiring translations to you directly should it be necessary.
  • *It is not necessary to submit the back of a document if it is blank

Country-Specific Information

Some countries have specific requirements or situations. Please click the letters below to find your country.

  • Not all countries are represented below.
  • ICES evaluates credentials from all countries that provide education, whether or not they are listed below. 
  • If your country isn’t on this list, simply follow the general instructions on these pages.
  • We have separated secondary and post-secondary document requirements for convenience, not advice.
  • You must decide which credential(s) to evaluate.

For Immigration: Step 2

ICES Canada Service Fees (in Canadian Dollars)

Standard Service

$200.00 per educational credential which includes:

  • Two original credential evaluation reports (hard copy only)*
  • Secure electronic access by CIC
  • Standard postage

Updated ECA

$150.00 for updating a pre-existing general evaluation report to ECA for immigration purposes which includes:

  • Two original credential evaluation reports – one for the applicant and one to submit to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) (hard copy only)*
  • Secure electronic access by CIC
  • Standard postage

Additional Copies

$20.00 per evaluation report which includes:

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  • One original credential evaluation report sent directly from ICES to any recipient. (hard copy only)*
  • Standard postage

Courier

  • Courier deliveries cannot be made to post office box numbers. If your only address is a post office box, we will default to regular mail for the delivery of your report. Note, there is no tracking for regular mail. Also if there’s a problem with your mailing address and the courier company is unable to deliver your package, the courier company may elect to abandon the package and deem it undeliverable. Any additional costs associated with re-sending are the responsibility of the applicant. 
  • Domestic Courier within Canada
    • $26.00
  • US and International Courier
    • $75.00

Payment

  • Payment must be included with all applications sent by mail or courier.

Cancellation and Refunds

  • There are no refunds for ECA applications. ICES is not responsible for document requirements that cannot be met. Please ensure all requirements can be met before proceeding with an application.

(*Only hard copies are available, due to security reasons we cannot send the report electronically)

For Immigration: Step 3

Online application

Before you click the button below for the online application, you should be prepared.

  • Know which credentials you want to evaluate.
  • Do not combine applications for multiple people. (ie. You and your spouse should apply separately, under two different accounts).
  • Have copies of documents ready in PDF format, (5MB maximum size per file). These files should include:
    • Colour scans of identification
    • Colour scans of academic records
    • Colour scans of certificates, degrees or diplomas
    • Translations of the above if they are not in English or French
  • Be ready to pay via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express). You cannot pay by debit card online.
  • Remember you are still required to have your institution send us official documentation.The official documents can be sent two ways:
    • by email directly from your institution to: icesinfo@bcit.ca (ICES will reject all confirmation that cannot be connected directly to your awarding institution)
    • by post directly to our office c/o ICES 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby BC V5G 3H2 Canada

The online application will allow you to check the status of your application by indicating:

  • Incomplete 
  • Submitted (application has been submitted online to ICES)
  • Received 
  • Incomplete file (Documents Required)
  • Documents Received (Being checked by ICES)
  • Complete

No further details about the status of the evaluation will be available. This system is there to allow for general updates only.

Other options

If you are unable to pay and apply online, we have a printable application available which can be sent by mail or courier.

If you have already completed an online application for a general evaluation you may apply for an updated report online.

In all other cases, use the form below.

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Submission of PDF applications

Submit your completed, signed ICES ECA application form and ensure the following requirements are met:

  • Please read Terms and Conditions before signing the form.
  • Submit the completed form via mail or courier ONLY.
  • Colour copies of photo identification documents.
    • Such as a passport, national identification card or driver’s license.
  • Colour copies of the front and back of each final award.
    • Such as a degree, diploma or certificate.
    • Colour copies of the front and back of each academic record.
      • Such as a transcript, marks cards, or diploma supplement.
  • Copies of the literal (not interpretive) certified translations of each of these documents into English or French.
    • ICES will forward any official documents requiring translations to you directly should it be necessary.
  • It is not necessary to submit the back of a document if it is blank.
  • Please include photocopies of the literal (not interpretive) certified translations of each of these academic documents into English or French (ICES will forward any official documents requiring translations to you directly should it be necessary).
  • Arrange for official documents to be sent directly to ICES from all educational institutions to be evaluated.

For all applications

Those already with a previous BCIT or ICES Canada Id will not have access to the online application form.

  • Completion times apply only when we receive all necessary documents and full payment.
  • Courier deliveries cannot be made to post office box numbers. If your only address is a post office box, we will default to regular mail for the delivery of your assessment.
  • ECA processing times will depend on the volume of applications. Timelines will be clearly stated on the ICES Canada website at Processing Time.
  • ICES is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. It is your responsibility to keep ICES informed if your contact information or postal address changes (in writing).

IQAS Canada Processing Time

*All rush requests have been suspended until further notice. 

For general applicants

The estimated processing time for a Basic Evaluation Assessments: four weeks from the date all required documents are received.

The estimated processing time for a Comprehensive Evaluation Assessments: seven weeksfrom the date all required documents are received.

For immigration

The estimated processing time for an ECA is approximately twelve weeks from the date on which all required documents are received in our office. Please note, if we have received your application prior to this recent update in timelines, there is no need to call or contact our office about this change.

* Note: Timelines are calculated from the day that all required documents are received in their entirety at ICES and not counted from the date of application. Please note that timelines are an estimate only and not a guarantee. Timelines may be affected by incoming volume, additional research or inquiries required to complete the evaluation report. Timelines are subject to change at any time. Lastly, processing times do not include the time it takes for mail delivery. 

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