IQAS Guides to International Education


About Guides
The authors of the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) Guides to International Education profile the education systems of countries with the highest levels of immigration to Alberta. They compare the credentials of these countries with education standards in Canada and can be used to make accurate and effective decisions about international credential recognition.

Each guide covers the following points:

country overview;
historical education;
school education system;
higher education system;
technical/vocational education;
teacher training;
rating scales;
documentation for credential verification;
IQAS suggested credential comparisons;
Note: Questions about credentials that are not covered in this guide should be directed to IQAS.

Translated credential titles
For more accuracy, check the title of a credential in the original language, as well as the translation. If a credential does not exist in either language, refer to the country’s education system overview to find the level of the credential or other credential.

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Who can use the guides
These guides are generally used by:

employers who need to know if a candidate with international credentials meets the education requirements for a position and how those credentials compare to education standards in Alberta and Canada;
educational institutions that must decide whether a prospective student meets the educational requirements for admission;
professional licensing bodies that need to know whether a candidate meets educational standards;
potential immigrants;
immigrant-serving agencies;
Credential Templates
The authors of the international education guides give detailed information on the diplomas awarded within the framework of study programs.

For each country listed, you will find credential templates with descriptions of the following:

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the official name of the credential;
standardized English translation;
other names;
the date the credential was awarded;
the issuing body;
program admission requirements;
descriptive information about the program;
recommendations on how the credential compares to Alberta education standards.
These are not official IQAS assessments.

The recommendations in these guides are for informational purposes only. The credential comparisons represent common educational patterns in each country. These comparisons do not consider the recognition status of the institution through which a credential was obtained, the authenticity of the documentation, or the particular model of education followed by an individual.

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