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Educational Credential Assessment (ECA)

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An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one.

If you have a Canadian degree, diploma or certificate, you do not need to get an ECA for that credential.

You will need to get an ECA for your foreign degree, diploma or certificate if:

  1. You want to be considered for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) under Express Entry, and
  • You are a principal applicant, and
  • You got your education outside Canada, or
  1. You want to receive Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for your foreign education
  • For yourself as an Express Entry candidate, or
  • For your spouse or common-law partner coming with you to Canada.


We will only accept an ECA from one of the organizations designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) (below).

Designated organizations for ECAs

How to get an ECA:

Once you have chosen an organization:

  • Gather all the documents they need (make sure that you ask your school for multiple copies of your diplomas/degrees, transcripts, etc.),
  • Follow any instructions given to submit the documents, and
  • Pay the fees.


  • If you were educated outside Canada, you will only be eligible for FSWP or get CRS points for your education if you submit an ECA.
  • See the conversion table to see how many points you would get for different credentials, based on the outcome statement included on your ECA report.
  • CIC will verify the submitted ECA with the organization that produced the report.