Obtaining a credential evaluation is the first step in gaining access to educational and employment opportunities. A credential evaluation will help you gain recognition for your previous studies, meet requirements for university admissions, transfer credits, and obtain professional licensing and employment.
Credential evaluation reports enable employers, licensing boards, and admissions officers to understand the nature and equivalency (for U.S. or Canada) of your academic accomplishments in familiar terms. They also provide verification of the authenticity of your credentials.
There is no one universally accepted service for credential evaluation. Although some institutions and provincial/state licensing boards perform their own evaluations, most institutions—and nearly all employers—rely on agencies like WES to evaluate and validate international credentials. However, the responsibility falls on the accepting institution to make a final decision on recognition.
Before you apply for a credential evaluation, consult with the receiving institution (academic institution, licensing board, or employer) as to what type of credential evaluation they require. Some organizations require that you apply to a specific evaluation service like WES.
With WES, you can arrange for us to send your credential evaluation directly to a higher education institute for entry into your program of choice.
Your credential evaluation will give the admissions officer an accurate view of your educational accomplishments so they can make an appropriate decision as to further assessment, transfer credits, and admissions.
A credential evaluation can be a good marketing tool for employment. It helps employers understand the equivalency of your education to ensure that you are qualified for the position. For example, some employers may require that a candidate have a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the position. Through the equivalency statement on your résumé, you can assure the hiring manager that you are qualified for the role. Without that, the employer may have thrown your résumé into the “no” pile very quickly.
Mention that your credentials have been evaluated and authenticated in the education section of your résumé. List all of the credentials that were validated along with their U.S. or Canadian academic equivalencies. You can find the equivalency statement on your evaluation report; it may be something similar to: “Evaluated by World Education Services (WES), as equivalent to a four-year Canadian bachelor’s degree.”
You can also bring your credential evaluation report to any interviews to provide the employer with proof of your academic accomplishments.
Before you begin with an evaluation for the purpose of professional licensure, first consult the licensing body to determine the type and issuing provider that they work with. Some licensing bodies conduct evaluations in-house; others may specify which organization you must go to for an evaluation.