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Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC)

About the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada

I. Consistent quality in a changing world

We live in an evolving world. A world in which disappearing boundaries provide exciting new opportunities and unparalleled access to new and emerging markets. A world in which students can access a wide range of educational opportunities and business can draw from an increasingly international workforce.

Confronted with constant changes in the world's education systems and qualifications and presented with an increasing number of applications from various educational backgrounds, Canada's employers, educational institutions and regulatory bodies face a growing challenge:

The answer is the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (Alliance). Alliance members offer fair, credible and standardized assessment of international academic credentials to help you make informed decisions regarding applications for employment, education and professional membership.

Alliance members provide accurate and comprehensive information on the comparability of international qualifications with Canadian education systems.

II. An Alliance of quality

The Alliance is made up of academic credential assessment services from across Canada. Alliance members provide a variety of clients —such as employers, professional regulatory bodies and educational institutions— with the assistance they require and the quality assurance they demand in assessing the academic credentials of prospective applicants.

Alliance clients can expect the following:

III. Your assurance of excellence

Members of the Alliance undergo a rigorous self-evaluation process including a review of assessment procedures, experience, file management, personnel qualifications, documentation methods and reference material base. To qualify for Alliance membership, an assessment service must demonstrate that it complies with established quality standards and must agree to maintain those standards.

Alliance membership is your assurance of excellence. It tells you that the academic credential assessment service you've retained offers the most effective, accurate and efficient method for evaluating international qualifications. Alliance members are committed to upholding the highest level of service.

The Alliance acknowledges the contribution and ongoing support of the following federal government departments:

IV. Membership terms

Membership in the Alliance is open to any public or private academic credential assessment service. In order for Alliance applicants to be admitted as members, all of the following requirements must be met and maintained at all times.

Alliance members are well-established academic credential assessment services that meet ONE of the following criteria:

In addition, Alliance members must meet ALL of the following criteria:

V. Responsibilities of Alliance Members

Members of the Alliance have the following responsibilities:

VI. Rights of Alliance Members

Members of the Alliance are committed to developing effective communication strategies. This ensures that all potential users of academic credential assessments benefit from the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (QAF). Membership in the Alliance will signal to all prospective clients and organizations who use assessments that these member services conform to quality assurance criteria, and that their assessments will be accepted by other member services across Canada.

Members of the Alliance have the following exclusive rights:

A member may withdraw its membership with the Alliance by submitting to the Alliance a notice of intent to withdraw. Their decision to withdraw becomes effective immediately, and the service must cease to use any reference to the Alliance.

VII. Limitations and Liabilities of Membership

A service cannot transfer its Alliance membership to another service.

Members may not use any language that implies that this membership gives them any authorization, certification, licensure or other forms of legal recognition.

Neither the Alliance nor individual members are liable for other members of the Alliance. Each member is responsible for assuring the quality of its own assessment services and for applying standards of good practice as defined in this document.

Nothing in this Framework shall be construed as creating a partnership or as imposing upon any member any partnership duty, obligation, or liability to the other parties. Each member shall indemnify and hold harmless the other members, their employees, and their agents from any and all claims, demands, actions, and costs whatsoever that may arise out of, directly or indirectly, the indemnifying member’s performance or participation in this Alliance or that of the indemnifying member’s employees or agents. Such indemnification shall survive the dissolution of this Alliance.

Each member shall, at its own expense and without limiting its liabilities herein, be responsible for insuring its operations under a contract of Comprehensive General Liability, in an amount not less that $1,000,000 per occurrence (annual general aggregate, if any, not less than $2,000,000) insuring against bodily injury, personal injury, and property damage including loss of use thereof. Coverage shall include blanket contractual liability, and shall include employees as additional insureds. An appropriate self-insurance or self-assumption program is considered compliance with the insurance requirement. Written evidence of an appropriate self-insurance or self-assumption program at the required levels or above will be accepted in the place of a certified copy.

VIII. Application Process

This section provides an overview of the application process to interested services. Services interested in applying for membership in the Alliance can submit a completed application to the Alliance through the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC). The application process involves the following steps:

A. Completion of the Membership Application

Propsective Alliance members must demonstrate compliance with quality assurance criteria by completing this Membership Application and submitting supporting documentation for review by current Alliance members.

B. Membership Application timelines

The Alliance will confirm the receipt of the applicant’s completed Membership Application within one month. Normally, the Alliance will complete the review within six months of receipt of the completed application. In cases of substantial delay the Alliance will inform applicants of the reason for the delay, and the approximate time required to review the application.

C. Membership Application review

Application review will begin only after all the information requested has been received. Alliance members will review the completed Membership Application and supporting documentation to ensure consistency with quality assurance criteria.

D. Notice of results

The Alliance will notify the applicant in writing of the results of the review. Applicants will gain membership if their application and supporting documentation is consistent with membership terms and quality assurance criteria. The Alliance will identify any inconsistencies to the applicant and, where possible, suggest mechanisms to address inconsistencies.

E. Membership duration and renewal

Alliance membership is for one year. An annual review process will determine a service’s continued membership. This process is based on a completion of the Annual Self-Assessment Form, which is signed by the member service identifying changes and/or indicating continued compliance with membership terms and quality assurance criteria.

F. Annual Self-Assessment Form

Applicants must complete the “Annual Self-Assessment Form” and submit other supporting documentation to the Secretariat of the Alliance, at:

Secretariat of the Alliance
Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
95 St. Clair Avenue West, Suite 1106
Toronto, Ontario M4V 1N6
Phone: +1-416-962-9725 Fax: +1-416-962-2800

September 1999 (revised Octber 2012)

IX. Alliance Members

For more information on the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada, please contact the Secretariat of the Alliance at the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC), or any of the member services below:

Alberta, Saskatchewan & Northwest Territories
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
British Columbia
International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
Comparative Education Service (CES)
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
World Education Services-Canada (WES)
Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI)

Other provinces and territories of Canada
For academic credential assessment services in Manitobaiv, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Nunavut, please contact any of the services listed above.

iThe applicant's service must have received a clear mandate for providing academic credential assessment services to the population from a provincial or territorial ministry. This mandate should:
  • Originate from a competent authority in this ministry.
  • Specify the nature of the deliverable services.
  • Indicate the duration of the mandate.
  • Mention any limitation.
  • Specify any accountability or reporting mechanisms between the service and the ministry.

iiDemonstration of use from public institutions might include, among other options, letters from such institutions.

iiiFor these purposes, public institutions include occupational regulatory bodies and publicly funded postsecondary institutions. Such public institutions must derive their mandate from legislation.
ivThe Academic Credentials Assessment Service (ACAS) of Manitoba was a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) from 2003 to September 2013. For more information, please visit Manitoba Labour and Immigration.
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