ECA Educational Credential Assessment

What is ECA

ECA,Educational Credential Assessment, is the authoritative Canadian academic certification program. It is used to verify the authenticity of academic qualifications in countries other than Canada and to assess its equivalence with Canadian academic qualifications.

Who can provide this service

You must do an ECA from an organization or professional organization designated by IRCC.

Designated organizations List:
1. Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies 
2. International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICASC)
3. World Education Services (WES)
4. International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) 
5. International Credential Evaluation Service  (ICES)

The most popular method of education certification is by WES, which is also the method we recommend to customers because it has the fastest processing time.

Why do ECA degree certification

Since you did not complete your academic education in Canada, IRCC needs to make an assessment of your academic level and current state to ensure that the materials you provide meet the immigration requirements. If the immigration project you submit involves academic qualifications, be sure to do the academic certification in advance.


Q: Can I be exempted from ECA if I have been certified by the Ministry of Education before studying abroad?

A: No. Canadian immigration certification is Canada’s own certification, and has nothing to do with your previous academic certification. Therefore, it needs to be processed in accordance with the Canadian immigration certification requirements.

Q: After graduating from a domestic undergraduate degree and having a college or postgraduate certificate in Canada, do I need to do an ECA?

A: Yes, only if you have done an ECA can you be considered a double degree, which can significantly improve your score in EE scoring and increase your draw chance.

Q: Why should I prepare for academic certification in advance?

A: Because of academic certification takes a long time, it usually takes more than 2 months if not expedited. Schools in China is closed in winter and summer (little to no processing speed).
Another reason is that the certification process of academic qualifications is complicated. For applicants with a foreign academic background, it will take even longer to complete.

Q: After graduating from a Chinese mainland school, what are the procedures for academic certification?

A: The Chinese Ministry of Education Certification Center is processed in accordance with the Canadian ECA academic certification. Exchange of information between the two institutions. After the authentication, you will receive a serial code. This serial code will be used when submitting an immigration application.

Q: Is ECA required for academic qualifications other than China and Canada?

A: As long as ot is not a Canadian degree, you need to do an ECA. Generally speaking, these countries only need to let the school directly send the transcripts and other materials to WES, and at the same time fax a copy of the degree certificate or graduation certificate, transcript to WES. .

Q: If my graduation is under special conditons or is missing documents (correspondence, night college, etc), can I submit an application without a degree certificate?

A: Yes. (Not get certified by the Ministry of Education, but by CHESICC in China, as long as the Canadian Academic Qualifications Center recognizes your learning experience. Everything depends on the Canada side.

Q: How long is the most popular WES academic certification valid for?

A: One WES certification is valid for 5 years.
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