Comparing international education to Canadian credentials
When applying for a job, for school or for a professional licence, you need to know how your academic credentials (that is, the diploma or degree you received in another country) compare to Canadian education standards. For this purpose there are government-approved credential assessment agencies in Canada.
When applying for a job
Most job postings indicate the level of education required of job applicants.
Only some employers require internationally educated applicants to submit an academic assessment.
If a job posting does not ask for an academic assessment, keep in mind that the employer may still ask you to submit one later in the application process.
Whether an assessment is required or not, having your education assessed before you start your job search will help you to determine if you meet the education/academic qualifications listed on a job posting.
To get an assessment, use an agency that is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC). You need only one assessment report (ex: if a report is required in a job application, you may send a copy of the same report to each employer.)
ACESC lists Manitoba’s Academic Credentials Assessment Service (ACAS). However, only permanent residents or citizens living in Manitoba who are referred by a Manitoba employer are eligible for an ACAS assessment.
Professions: Contact the body that regulates your profession to find out its procedure for credential assessment.
Trades: Contact Apprenticeship Manitoba to find out the procedure for the assessment of trades credentials.
Attending post-secondary school
Contact directly the post-secondary institution to find out its procedure for credentials assessment.
Manitoba post-secondary schools set their own admission requirements for internationally educated applicants. In addition to these general admission requirements, there may also be specific requirements for particular programs of study.