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:
- How to evaluate the academic credentials obtained in another country?
- How to compare the education from another country with requirements in Canada?
- How to know if an assessment of international academic credentials is credible and consistent with good practice?
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:
- Fair and credible services
All applicants are treated in an equitable manner.
- Quality assurance
Alliance members must conform to established principles of good practice and maintain internationally recognized standards of quality.
Assessments are accepted by other member services and are widely recognized by employers, educational institutions and regulatory bodies.
- Consistency in approach
While decisions may vary according to provincial or territorial systems of education, consistent application of standards ensures similar cases are treated in a similar manner.
Because members are mandated by or work with provincial or territorial authorities to provide international academic credential assessment services, they are accountable to the public.
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:
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
- Canadian Heritage (PCH)
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:
- The applicant's service must operate as part of a provincial or territorial authority.
- The applicant's service must be mandatedi by a provincial or territorial authority to provide international academic credential assessment services.
- The applicant's service must demonstrate that its assessment reports are usedii by at least two public institutionsiii in the province/territory of operation.
In addition, Alliance members must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- The applicant's service must demonstrate compliance with the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials (QAF), including the Pan-Canadian Code of Good Practice in the Assessment of International Academic Credentials.
- The applicant's service must serve a broad-based clientele, and not be limited to individuals applying for admission, membership, or certification with only one type of institution such as university, college, or membership organization.
- The applicant's service must provide multi-purposed assessments (e.g., for general employment), and cover a full range of countries of origin, disciplines, and levels of credentials (e.g., primary/secondary through doctorate levels, and academic or vocational/career programs).
- The applicant's service must have complied with the above criteria for at least one year and have performed a significant number of assessments (at least 250 during this time period).
V. Responsibilities of Alliance Members
Members of the Alliance have the following responsibilities:
- Assure the quality of their respective service and maintain standards of good practice.
- Inform all members of the Alliance of any changes in circumstances that might prevent a service from complying with any membership terms, and indicate how to remedy the situation.
- Recommend, review, and implement policies, standards, and criteria related to the development and maintenance of a quality assurance process for the Alliance.
- Develop, maintain, and disseminate the Alliances policies and procedures.
- Promote and raise awareness of the Alliance with stakeholders and organizations within the members jurisdiction.
- Participate in the activities and meetings of the Alliance.
- Review Alliance membership applications from new services and provide guidance based on the requirements set out in the Alliances membership application process.
- Review Alliance members' completed Annual Self-Assessment forms and provide guidance based on the requirements set out in the Alliance's membership terms and the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF).
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:
- Use of the Alliance name: Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (the Alliance or ACESC) / Alliance canadienne des services dévaluation de diplômes (lAlliance ou l'ACSED).
- Inclusion in the Alliance Web site and Alliance promotional documents and brochures.
- Use of the following Alliance Member Statement. This can be added to academic credential assessment reports and promotional material of member services:
"XXX is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (the Alliance). The Alliance ensures that individuals have access to fair and credible academic credential assessment services. Members of the Alliance follow principles of good practice that are consistent with international standards. Further information on the Alliance can be obtained from the Web site (http://www.canalliance.org/) or by contacting individual members of the Alliance."
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 members performance or participation in this Alliance or that of the indemnifying members 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 applicants 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 services 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 Canada Phone: +1-416-962-9725 Fax: +1-416-962-2800
September 1999 (revised Octber 2012)
IX. Alliance MembersFor 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.
- 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.
Note: 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:
Table of Contents
- Consistent quality in a changing world
- An Alliance of quality
- Your assurance of excellence
- Membership terms
- Responsibilities of Alliance Members
- Rights of Alliance Members
- Limitations and Liabilities of Membership
- Application Process
- Alliance Members