Read the contents of the document

Read and assimilate the details contained in all documents submitted in their original language, with the support of a translated copy if needed.

For internal procedures:
  • Use the document translation provided (if needed). Take into account that:
    • the terminology used may be incorrectly interpreted;
    • some information may have been partially or completely omitted;
    • the ability to read documents in their original language may prove extremely helpful.
  • Read the academic certificate, diploma, or degree to corroborate information coherence, such as the:
    • name of the issuing educational institution;
    • name and title of the institution's signing authority or officer responsible;
    • name of the academic credential awarded;
    • field of study;
    • conferral date of the credential;
    • name of the credential recipient.
  • Read the academic transcript, grade sheet, or index to corroborate information coherence, such as:
    • admission requirements were met, for level and grading;
    • course titles;
    • grades;
    • grade point average (GPA);
    • credit hours;
    • learning outcomes;
    • appropriate benchmarks;
    • accepted credits transferred from other educational institutions;
    • transition to/from other academic programs before completion;
    • period of study.
  • Read the professional qualification to corroborate information coherence, such as:
    • name of issuing organization (e.g. professional regulatory organization name);
    • conferral date of the qualification;
    • current standing or period of validity;
    • professional requirements;
    • associated legislation regulating the practice.
  • Check for any noticeable inconsistencies, such as:
    • misspellings and/or typographical errors;
    • missing or misplaced words/information;
    • inconsistent terminology (e.g., title of the credential);
    • alterations to the content.

For more information, you may contact the admissions office of the educational institution or the registrar of the professional organization to learn about the terminology used in the documents.

Comply with the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (QAF)

This step complies with guiding principles 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40 of QAF.

Consult QAF to get more information.

Consult additional resources

You may find useful information in other resources, such as:
  1. EAR Consortium (EP-Nuffic, UK NARIC, ENIC-NARIC France, and ENIC-NARIC Poland). (2012). European Area of Recognition (EAR) Manual, chapters 4, 6, and 8;
  2. EAR-HEI Consortium (EP-Nuffic, ENIC-NARIC France, ENIC-NARIC Latvia, ENIC-NARIC Ireland, European University Association (EUA), ENIC-NARIC Lithuania, ENIC-NARIC Denmark, ENIC-NARIC Poland and Tuning Educational Structures in Europe). (2016). European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR-HEI), part II, items 5, 7, and 8; part IV, item 14;
  3. World Education Services – Canada. (2012). Best Practices: Strategies and Processes to Obtain Authentic International Educational Credentials, chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5.