We often receive questions from customers asking whether or not WES evaluates their credentials. If you are unsure whether WES can evaluate your credential, you may still apply for an evaluation and send in your documents. In many cases, if you apply with a credential or institution that WES does not evaluate, you will receive an error message when you input the program or school on your application.
WES is an organization that evaluates academic degrees, which means that the credentials obtained must have been earned on the basis of completing coursework or research. In addition to standard secondary, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, WES also evaluates several diploma, certificate, and examination-based programs from various countries.
WES evaluates formal academic credentials from institutions it considers to be recognized in other countries.
In other words, if an institution or program is not recognized in the country of education, WES cannot evaluate the institution or program as recognized either. This guideline holds true for standard traditional academic programs as well as many distance, online, and self-study courses.
Understanding the WES Evaluation Process
When evaluating higher education credentials from the United States, for example, WES uses regional accreditation bodies to determine institutional recognition status. If a university or program is accredited by one of the United States’ six regional accrediting organizations, WES can also evaluate the degree as accredited.
When determining how to evaluate a credential, experienced area specialists from WES perform a holistic review of all information available. To decide whether or not WES can evaluate a credential, specialists must first determine whether or not there is a comparable program in the country of equivalency (the U.S. or Canada), so they can perform an accurate evaluation and comparison between education systems.
For example, regionally-accredited recognized institutions in North America do not offer formal academic programs in indigenous medical systems. This means that WES does not evaluate study in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, or other similar programs because there is no comparable equivalency in the U.S. or Canada.
Area specialists also research whether or not the program is academic or career-oriented in nature. Because WES only evaluates academic degrees, WES does not evaluate the United States Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) credential, short-term certificates, job training, trade qualifications, career development programs, or other certificates of this nature, as they constitute occupational, rather than academic study.
WES also reserves the right to not evaluate documents from certain institutions.
If WES evaluators receive your application and determine that they cannot proceed with a given qualification, they will update your account accordingly and continue based on the credentials that remain. Or, if they cannot complete your evaluation, they will contact you regarding refund options.
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