Refugee Pilot Project
WES Alternative Credential Assessment for Refugees
WES is developing and pilot testing a credential assessment to assist refugees—and people in refugee-like situations who do not have access to official documents—with having their academic credentials recognized. WES is working with immigrant services organizations in Toronto, Ottawa, and Calgary to serve a selected number of refugees who have documentation available for us to review.
Purpose of the Pilot Phase
WES is using a tightly controlled pilot test to ensure that the methods and policies that we apply are effective and reliable to use in different situations. WES will be working with regulatory bodies, educational institutions, and employers to determine if the alternative credential assessments can help refugees take the next step towards a job, professional license, or an additional degree or certification.
Eligibility for the Service
The alternative credential assessment service made available during the Refugee Pilot Project will be available to selected Syrian-educated refugees living in Canada. The Refugee Pilot Project is focusing on this group for testing purposes, and because there are a large number of highly educated individuals from Syria in Canada who have recently arrived. Should the pilot be successful, we anticipate extending the service to the rest of Canada and to refugees and migrants from other countries in crisis.
Applicants who have access to the official documents that meet WES’s standard requirements should apply for a standard WES evaluation. A standard WES evaluation is much more likely to be recognized and provide a greater chance of returning to an original profession or academic level of study.
For more information, please direct all inquiries to [email protected].