Agency: International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS)
The International Qualifications
Assessment Service (IQAS) assesses educational qualifications for immigrants
in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The results of an IQAS assessment are provided
in evaluation reports.
The evaluations are expert opinions for information purposes only and are not binding. However, you may find them useful in applying for employment, an adult education program, or becoming a member of certain professions. You must complete an IQAS Application Form for credential evaluation. You can obtain your assessment before you leave your home country or after you arrive in Canada. For more information visit www.learning.gov.ab.ca/iqas
Below are documents you
should obtain from your home country for assessment of your educational qualifications
by IQAS. Licensing and other occupational bodies may have additional requirements.
Be sure to check for these requirements by selecting your occupation and province
in this Document Information Tool or by visiting the relevant licensing body’s
website. You may want to print this page.
Original documents issued by educational institutions in the original language are required for an IQAS assessment. IQAS will conduct assessments using “certified” copies of documents in some circumstances, but it will be clearly indicated on assessment certificates that the evaluation was based on copied documents. If you use “certified” copies for assessment and translation, both sides of each page should be copied.
A complete additional set of photocopies of all educational documents must also be submitted to IQAS.
All documents must be translated word for word into English and submitted in the same format as the original documents. Translations may be conducted by certified or non-certified translators in Canada or in your home country. IQAS will review the translations and decide if they are satisfactory. You may provide translators with copies of documents. To contact translators go to www.translationscanada.ca or www.learning.gov.ab.ca/iqas/Trans-Services.asp.
To Obtain an IQAS Credential Assessment:
IQAS has several types of assessment. To obtain an IQAS assessment of your credentials you will be required to submit the following documents:
To Apply for Employment
There are many agencies in Alberta and Saskatchewan that can help you find employment in your field or in other occupations if you are not able to practice your current occupation. To assist you with this, we also recommend that you obtain the following documents from your home country and arrange for their translation into English:
Prepared by the Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning (CIRL), March 2004