Get information on academic credential assessment and recognition for admission purposes

Your academic record is an important factor in a competitive admission process. You will be asked to provide proof of your academic credentials, which might include:
  • diploma(s) or degree certificate(s)
  • transcript(s)/mark sheets/index
  • detailed course outline(s)

If the documents are not in English or French, an official/certified translation might be required.

As part of the admission process, the institution will assess your previously completed academic credentials. Through this process, they:
  • verify the authenticity of your documents;
  • compare those with similar credentials issued in the provinces and territories of Canada;
  • award transfer credits (if applicable).

Each institution has sole authority to determine the recognition of academic credentials for the purpose of admission to that institution.

It is strongly recommended that you gather all supporting documents while you are still in your country of origin to facilitate the process.

Visit the Web site of your chosen institution for more information on its specific requirements.


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Get information on academic credential assessment services

Some organizations in Canada responsible for the recognition of academic credentials may not have the capacity to assess the international academic credentials you are presenting to them.

This may be the case when you apply:
  • for admission to an educational institution for further studies;
  • for professional certification, licensing, or registration in a regulated occupation;
  • for a job with an employer in a non-regulated occupation.

These organizations may sometimes rely on external academic credential assessment services to support their internal process. Six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) can provide this service.

Upon completion of an academic credential assessment for general purposes, you would receive an assessment report, which in turn could be provided to the organization responsible for the recognition of your international academic credentials.

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes.