The International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) is an Alberta government service that issues certificates comparing credentials from other countries to Canadian education standards. IQAS is designated by the Government of Canada to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Express Entry. An ECA may be used in Express Entry for 5 years.
An ECA will not be issued if your credentials cannot be authenticated and/or are from an educational institution/program that is not recognized. IQAS will let you know that your application has been cancelled.
An ECA may not result in an outcome you want for an Express Entry application. Your credentials are compared to Canadian education standards, which can be different from those in the country where you were educated.
IQAS receives a high volume of applications and does not provide rush services. All applications are processed in the order they have been received.
An ECA will not be issued within shorter timelines to meet your deadlines. You are responsible for applying early enough to meet any deadlines you may have.
ECA Process – Quick View
Gather your documents to apply.
Complete application online and mail application package by post. Monitor delivery through courier.
IQAS sends you an email confirming we opened your package. Note: It takes time to process mail, so it could take several weeks for IQAS to email you.
Request your official transcripts from your school.
IQAS emails you after receiving all transcripts.
Note: Processing time starts after all required documents, transcripts, and payments are received. Applications currently take 15 weeks to process.
IQAS completes your assessment. Note: You will receive an electronic copy of your assessment, and a hard copy by mail.
Submit your assessment to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) with your file number.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Processing times take longer if extensive research or verification is required.
Processing times will increase with higher volumes of applications. Currently IQAS is receiving a very high volume of applications.
Mail delivery time is not included in the processing time.
Applicants are responsible for applying early enough to meet any deadlines they may have. IQAS does not provide rush services.
IQAS Canada International Education Guides
These guides explain how international education credentials compare to Alberta education credentials and standards.
IQAS International Education Guides profile educational systems in countries with the highest levels of immigration to Alberta. It compares credentials from these countries with educational standards in Canada, and can be used to make accurate and efficient decisions about the recognition of international credentials.
Each guide covers:
school education system
higher education system
professional / technical / vocational education
documentation for educational credentials
IQAS’ suggested credentials comparisons
Note: Questions about credentials not covered in this guide should be referred to IQAS .
Translated credential titles
For accuracy, check the title of the credential in the original language, as well as the translation. If the title of the credential doesn’t appear in either language, refer to the overview of the country’s education system to find the level of the credential or alternative titles.
Who can use the IQAS Canada guides
These guides are typically used by:
employers who need to know if an applicant with international credentials meets the educational requirement for the job, and how to compare those credentials to educational standards in Alberta and Canada
educational institutions that need to decide if a prospective student meets the education requirements for admission
professional licensing bodies that need to know if an applicant meets the educational standards
IQAS Canada Credential templates
The International Education Guides give detailed information on educational credentials awarded when completing a program of study.
For each country listed, you’ll find credential templates with descriptions of:
the credential’s official name
the standardized English translation
the time period the credential was offered
the issuing body
admission requirements into the program
descriptive program information
recommendations on how the credential compares to educational standards in Alberta
Terms and conditions
These are not official IQAS Canada assessments.
The recommendations in these guides are for your information only. The credential comparisons represent common educational patterns within each country. They don’t take into account the recognition status of the institution through which a credential was obtained, the authenticity of the documentation, or the particular pattern of education followed by an individual.
IQAS Canada Guides by country
The International Education Guide compares the educational system in each country below to educational standards in Alberta. Click each country to see details of its standards and to download IQAS Canada Guide for that country.
IQAS Canada assessment for employment, education or licensure
If you plan to work or study, you can get an IQAS Canada assessment that compares your credentials to educational standards in Canada.
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