The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

Assessing the Qualifications of Refugees

Some refugees and persons in refugee-like situations are unable to provide documentary evidence to support the assessment process. The standard assessment policies, procedures, and document requirements may require some flexibility in order to provide equal rights to applicants in such circumstances.


On November 24-25, 2016 in Toronto, CICIC hosted a two-day practical workshop on assessing the qualifications of refugees. Approximately 80 academic credential assessors and recognition experts attended. These experts were representatives from:

  • academic credential assessment services
  • postsecondary educational institutions
  • regulatory bodies

The objective of this workshop was to assist refugees to enter the labour market and access further education by building knowledge in the assessment community of alternative approaches to credential assessment and recognition for refugees and persons in refugee-like situations.

This workshop was funded by the Government of Canada's Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Noelline Ip Yam.

Consult workshop documents

Consult additional resources

Some organizations, such as the ones identified below, have put models in place and outlined best practices.

You may find useful information in other resources, such as:

Consult information on other events