ECA Overview

The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) has been designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) reports for Canadian immigration purposes (Express Entry and Permanent Residency).

An Educational Credential Assessment is a statement of the general comparability of international educational credentials to a completed Canadian educational credential, in the format that Citizenship and Immigration Canada / Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada requires.


ICES does not evaluate:

  • Trade qualifications
  • Military training
  • Second language training
  • Professional licenses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work or life experience
  • Continuing education courses taken at non-recognized institutions
  • Non-credit professional development courses
  • Incomplete or provisional academic credentials
Note the credential must be at least comparable to one-year of full-time study.To proceed with the application for an Educational Credential Assessment please click Step 1 below.

Step 1: Requirements