As an African immigrant, you’d need to evaluate your credentials before you could rebuild your career in a foreign country. This process is tedious and time-consuming.
If you completed your education outside of Canada, there are three recognized organization that can evaluate your credentials.
These organizations are:
- Comparative Education Services (CES)
- International Credentials Assessment Service (ICAS)
- World Education Services (WES)
Comparative Education Service (CES):
As an immigrant who’s planning to study or start up your career in Canada, you’d need to compare your credentials to its Canadian equivalence.
The Comparative Education Services at the University of Toronto Canada provides a platform where you’ll get a credential assessment report.
The credential assessment report shows you how international academic credentials (credentials earned outside Canada) are compared to Canadian credentials.
You can use the credential assessment report to apply for jobs, enroll for professional certifications, and apply for other educational programs.
Typically, the report can be processed within 7 to 9 weeks.
The Canadian government recognizes the Comparative Education Services report. Also, the report is recognized by Canadian employers, Immigration Agencies, regulatory bodies, education institutions, professional association, and the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).
International Credentials Assessment Service (ICAS):
Immigrants can make use of the ICAS to evaluate their school credentials like the secondary, post-secondary, and technical credentials.
For over 20 years, the institution has helped employers, academic institutions, immigration officials, and other agencies understand the education you obtained outside Canada.
The ICAS is an organization that provides an excellent platform for immigrants to compare their academic credentials to the education obtainable in Canada.
World Education Services (WES):
WES is an organization that evaluates secondary and post-secondary education obtained outside Canada. And the evaluation report can be used for
- Post-secondary education
- Apprenticeship Training
Founded in 1974, WES is a non-profit organization that helps international students who want to pursue their professional and educational goals in the US and Canada.
The WES platform offers free tools and other great resources for immigrants who want to accomplish their educational goals in the US and Canada.
Why Should You Evaluate Your International Credentials
As an immigrant, you’ve to ensure that employers, academic institutions, and other government agencies recognize your credentials.
For your credentials to be recognized, you’ve got to evaluate it with the appropriate institutions.
Here are three reasons why you should evaluate your international credentials.
Evaluation reports show the uniqueness of your documents and lets the employer (and academic institution) see the real value of your credentials.
- Translation Clarification:
If your documents are attached with an English translation, the evaluation exercise will ensure that the English translation is accurate.
Information like the date, course title, and grades would be verified.
- History Check:
The candidate’s academic and biological history will be checked during the evaluation process. And the information obtained will be compared to the data displayed on the credentials.
The education system of the world is different. Since these systems are not the same, immigrants have to evaluate their credentials to show its originality.
Whether you’re seeking to achieve your professional or educational goals, the CICIC, ICAS, and WES are great platforms to evaluate your credentials.