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Due to globalisation, educational opportunities are endless. You can go anywhere in the world to study what you love and advance in that field. Institutions from all over the world welcome international students who show excellence and merit in their work.

However, degrees and courses differ from one country to another. This is where Credential evaluation comes in. You need to look into education credential evaluation services right away if you’re thinking of going abroad for your higher education. Most people do not know what Credential evaluation is and can find the process confusing. Here’s all you need to know about it

What Is Credential Evaluation?

Credential evaluation is a process of comparing professional degrees from one country to their counterparts in another. They are used by colleges, universities, and even employers around the world to assess foreign education in applicants for admission to colleges or employment. It can also be used by immigrants for their overseas education in other countries to get recognition. This process can come in handy when applying for skilled immigration. International students also use credential assessment/ Credential Evaluation(1) services to submit courses and grades to foreign universities where they wish to seek admission. It helps them judge an applicant and his history to see if he is fit for the applied course or job. Many immigrants use credential evaluation from India to show proof of their studies completed outside the country they are moving to. It helps them join the workforce as skilled immigrants and sustain their livelihood right away.

What Are The Different Types Of Credential Evaluations?

There are mainly three different types of credential evaluations(2), and let’s discuss all three of them in detail to know more –
  • Course by Course Credential
  • Evaluation Educational Credential Evaluation
  • Professional Work Experience Evaluation
All three of them are different and fulfil different purposes. You should educate yourself about all three of them to know the one that would be ideal for you.

Course by Course Credential Evaluation

The course by course credential evaluation report analyses and defines every diploma/certification and gives an equivalency for each document, respectively. It displays the details of education, courses taken, final grades, degrees, and cumulative academic performance in terms of your host country’s educational system.

Since most people seek out an education in the United States, the country generally works in terms of semester credits and a grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A course by course credential evaluation is generally required for college admissions, determining transfer credits.

Educational Credential Evaluation

The educational credential evaluation report outlines and records the educational institutions attended and the education credentials that you have earned in a foreign country and lists their U.S. equivalent. It can be a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a doctorate, etc.

Many educational credential evaluators India provide these services because the evaluation is frequently used in employment, immigration matters, and university admission. It is mainly used in places where transfer credit is not needed. You can avail the help of education evaluation services to ensure that your report is up to the mark.

Professional Work Experience Evaluation

The professional work experience credential evaluation is given for immigration purposes to people applying for H-1B visas in the United States of America.

This credential evaluation report assesses both an individual’s professional work records and educational credentials to ascertain a Bachelor’s degree equivalency. Note that a professional work experience evaluation cannot be utilised for educational or licensure purposes.

Importance of Credential Evaluation

A credential evaluation is required for educational institutions in a country majorly for the United States, Canada and many European nations. Credential Evaluation is used to evaluate and compare overseas academic achievements in accordance with the country’s educational norms and standards which is used by licensing boards, educational agencies, employment houses and immigration officials(3). You may also opt for credential service where a Credential Evaluation body stores your digital copy of evaluation report to facilitate candidates to submit the ECA report to any institute or university as and when it is requested to do so. An ECA report is prepared ideally within 2 to 4 business weeks depending upon the ECA body chosen by the candidate.

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Benefits Of Credential Evaluation

There are many benefits of Credential Evaluation in relation to Higher Education, Job or Permanent residency. Mentioned are a few below.
  • Approved & Validated
ECA report helps individuals with degrees or transcripts obtain recognition equivalent to an educational level as per the norms and standards of the country or in US/Canada. However, it facilitates and permits an individual to apply for a dream job. Similarly, overseas students  may apply for admission to colleges/universities in the US/Canada, further completing their Educational Credentials assessed.
  • Appropriate scope of Education
When you get your Educational Credentials Evaluated as per the prevailing norms and standards as per the country you are looking forward to immigrate and ECA body being a professional organisation ensures that your educational credentials are properly and accurately assessed and evaluated as per laid down norms as the candidates apply from different educational streams and background it needs to be ensured that candidates are not at downside compared to candidate of similar set of skills and qualification. It ensured that all candidates get uniform opportunity in accordance to individual strength and inert capability. 
  • Economical & time saver
In the absence of an ECA body which provides an ECA report after they access and evaluate your educational credentials the candidate may have to repeat their education in canada which he has already completed in the home country thus saving both time and money. It ideally opens new avenues to opt for and continue work without any restriction and delay.
  • Peace of mind
Credential Evaluation when done in a certain way as prescribed by a renowned agency  reduces uncertainty hence enhancing peace of mind in the immigration process as credential evaluation plays a very vital role in immigration process. This also helps provide peace of mind to the degree certificate holder knowing that the applicant candidate’s credential is at par with one earned in the immigrating country. US and Canadian employers and educational institutions accept credential evaluations by approved agencies including the World Education Service (WES)(4), International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)(5), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)(6) and a few more.


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What is an ECA report or Evaluation Report?

An Educational credential assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and computation of equivalence to an education degree of that country. The report generated by any ECA body after evaluation of your submitted transcript/Degree certificate is called the ECA report or Evaluation report. There are different types of ECA’s and it is needed to get an ECA report for immigration purposes.

Do Universities recognise ECA reports or Evaluation reports?

No, not all foreign universities recognise the ECA report as it depends on many factors, mainly, the evaluation report differs from country to country, hence it is important to mention the country to which you apply to before sending your documents for evaluation to the agency. Secondly, not all foreign universities require credential evaluation as some countries' education systems have their own evaluation system. In some cases, universities themselves evaluate your degree. Thirdly, there are also certain universities/ countries that recognize the Indian education system as it is.

Which is the best Credential Evaluation Service provider?

There is nothing like the best or worst Credential Evaluation service provider. It all depends on factors like which country you are applying to, what kind of opportunity you are seeking, the area or region served by any ECA body.

What is WES evaluation?

WES Evaluation is evaluation when done by WES and the evaluation report is generated and on the same basis the immigration is to be processed. WES is a very renowned evaluation agency that provides evaluation support services to candidates looking to immigrate.

How long is an Evaluation report valid?

Validity of evaluation reports depends on evaluation body to body along with a few factors like the objective of procuring, area served by an ECA body and guideline of any specific country. Like WES evaluation is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.

  1. “Credential Evaluation” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credential_evaluation
  2. “Types of Credential Evaluation” – https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/credential-evaluation
  3. “Importance of Evaluation” –  https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/
  4. “World Education Services (WES)” – https://www.wes.org/
  5. “International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)” – https://www.alberta.ca/iqas-immigration.aspx
  6. “Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)” – https://www.ece.org/

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