Education Credential Assessment

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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 equal to a Canadian one. There are different types of ECAs. You need to get an ECA for immigration purposes. If you got another type of ECA, you may be able to get it re-issued, depending on the type of ECA and/or issuing organization.

Who can do your assessment

You must get your assessment from an organization or a professional body designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. They will give you a report that tells you what your education is equal to in Canada. Processing times and costs may vary by organization or professional body.

Once you choose a designated organization or a professional body, they will tell you how to submit your documents to get your assessment. 

Designated organizations

You must use one of these designated organizations:

  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies 
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada 
  • World Education Services 
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
  • International Credential Evaluation Service 
Required Documents
  • Completed Degree Program in mainland China:
    • English Translation of Online Verification Report of Higher Education Degree Certificate from China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
    • Academic Transcript issued in Chinese and English from China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
  • Completed Non-Degree Program in mainland China:
    • Graduation Certificate issued in Chinese
    • English Translation of Graduation Certificate
    • Chinese Verification Report of Graduation Certificate from China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
    • Academic Transcript issued in Chinese and English from China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
  • Public Academic High School in mainland China:
    • Photocopy of Original Graduation Certificate issued by the Awarding Institution
    • English Translation of Graduation Certificate
    • English Verification Report of Graduation Certificate from China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
    • Academic Transcript issued in English (in sealed envelope)
  • Completed Higher Education Program other than mainland China:
    • Academic Transcript issued in English (in sealed envelope)
    • Confirmation of Doctoral Degree Conferral (in sealed envelope)
ECA Result and its Corresponding Score in EE
Assessment result (Canadian equivalency)Level of education for Express Entry profileCRS Points awarded (with spouse)CRS Points awarded (without spouse)Federal Skilled Workers Program factor points
Applied Bachelor’s DegreeBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Applied Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Associate DegreeTwo-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Associate of [Arts/Science] degreeTwo-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Bachelor of LawsProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree Professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Bachelor of Technology degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Bachelor’s DegreeBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Bachelor’s degree (four years)Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Bachelor’s degree (three years)Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Certificate of High School AchievementSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
Certificate of High School Achievement [plus/including] [specialized/vocational/technical] training in XSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
College CertificateOne-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
College DiplomaTwo-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
College Diploma (three years)Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
College Diploma (two years)Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Completion of College-level certificateOne-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
Diploma (three years)Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Diploma (two years)Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Doctor of Chiropractic degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of Dental Surgery degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of Medicine degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of Optometry degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree with a focus in [area of concentration]University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
Doctor of Podiatry degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degreeProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Doctor of [name of discipline, such as Business Administration, Law, Psychology]University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
Doctorate (Ph.D.)University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
Earned Doctorate (Ph.D.)University degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
Earned Doctorate DegreeUniversity degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
First Professional Degree in DentistryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First Professional Degree in Veterinary MedicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional degree in MedicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional degree in medicine (Doctor of Medicine)Professional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in chiropractic medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in chiropractic medicine, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in dentistryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in dentistry, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in lawProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in law, preceded by [x years] prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in medicine, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in optometryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in optometry, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in podiatric medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in podiatric medicine, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in veterinary medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
First professional university degree in veterinary medicine, preceded by prerequisite undergraduate studyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Five or more years of professional university study in chiropractic medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Five or more years of professional university study in dentistryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Five or more years of professional university study in optometryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Five or more years of professional university study in pharmacyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Five or more years of professional university study in podiatryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Four to five years of professional study in podiatryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Four to seven years of professional study in dentistryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Four to seven years of professional study in veterinary medicineProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Four-year Bachelor degreeBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a focus in pharmacyProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Four-year Bachelor’s degree, specializing in [name of discipline]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Four-year Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Four-year advanced diplomaBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Grade 12 (high school completion)Secondary school (high school diploma)28305
High School DiplomaSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
High School Diploma [plus/including] [specialized/vocational/technical] training in XSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
High School Equivalency CertificateSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
Juris DoctorProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Master of Business AdministrationUniversity degree at the Master’s level12613523
Master of [name of discipline]University degree at the Master’s level12613523
Master’s DegreeUniversity degree at the Master’s level12613523
Master’s Degree (Taught)University degree at the Master’s level12613523
Master’s degree, specializing in [name of discipline]University degree at the Master’s level12613523
Master’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]University degree at the Master’s level12613523
One-year Master degreeUniversity degree at the Master’s level12613523
One-year Master of Business Administration degreeUniversity degree at the Master’s level12613523
One-year Master’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]University degree at the Master’s level12613523
One-year Post-secondary certificate with a focus in [area of concentration]One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
One-year certificateOne-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
One-year certificate in [name of discipline]One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
Post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Post-secondary certificate with a focus in [area of concentration]One-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
Professional Doctorate DegreeUniversity degree at the Doctoral (PhD) level14015025
Secondary School DiplomaSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
Secondary School GraduationSecondary school (high school diploma)28305
Secondary school diploma and diploma (two years)Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Three to six years of professional study in optometryProfessional degree needed to practice in a licensed profession12613523
Three-year Bachelor degreeBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Three-year Bachelor’s degree, specializing in [name of discipline]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Three-year Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Three-year advanced diplomaBachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Three-year diploma in [name of discipline]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Applied Bachelor’s DegreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Applied Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Bachelor of Technology degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Bachelor’s DegreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Bachelor’s degree (three years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a College CertificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a College DiplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a College Diploma (three years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a College Diploma (two years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Completion of College-level certificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Diploma (three years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Diploma (two years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Dual Bachelor’s degree (four years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Four-year Bachelor degreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Four-year Bachelor’s degree, specializing in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Four-year Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Four-year advanced diplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Graduate CertificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Graduate Certificate with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Graduate Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Graduate diplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a One-year Post-secondary certificate with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a One-year certificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a One-year certificate in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-Bachelor’s CertificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-Bachelor’s DiplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-secondary certificate with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-undergraduate certificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Post-undergraduate diplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Postgraduate DiplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Postgraduate certificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Secondary school diploma and diploma (two years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year Bachelor degreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year Bachelor’s degree, specializing in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year Bachelor’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year advanced diplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year diploma in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Bachelor’s degree (four years)Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Three-year post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Two-year associate degreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Two-year diplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Two-year diploma in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a Two-year post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a University CertificateTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a University DiplomaTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a two-year Bachelor’s after degree with a focus in [area of concentration]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus a two-year Postgraduate Diploma, specializing in [name of discipline]Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus an Associate DegreeTwo or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year or more certificate, diploma, or degree plus an Associate of [Arts/Science] degree Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees11912822
Three-year post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Bachelor’s degree or other programs (three or more years) at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute11212021
Two-year associate degreeTwo-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Two-year diplomaTwo-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Two-year diploma in [name of discipline]Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Two-year post-secondary Diploma with a focus in [area of concentration]Two-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute919819
Two-year  Master’s degree with a focus in [area of concentration]University degree at the Master’s level12613523
University CertificateOne-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015
University DiplomaOne-year degree, diploma or certificate from a program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other institute849015

Note:Definition of Professional degrees for licensed professions:

This is also known as First professional degree or Entry-to-practice professional degree.
For Express Entry, only degrees in these fields can earn equal points to a Master’s degree: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, law, chiropractic medicine, and pharmacy.
For example, a 4-year nursing degree is not considered a first professional degree. It would earn you the same number of points as a Bachelor’s degree.

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