In Part 1 and Part 2 of this guide, we went over the work experience and language skills required for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. In Part 3, we will go over the education requirements for Express Entry.
What you’ll want to do to check whether you meet the education requirements depends on where you got your degree.
If you went to school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution i.e. university, college or trade school.
If you have foreign education, you need to get an assessment done to determine what the Canadian equivalent is. This is called an educational Credential Assessment (ECA) that must be from a designated organization.
As defined by the Government of Canada, an educational credential is “any diploma, degree, trade or apprenticeship credential issued for completing a program of study or training at a recognized educational or training institution.”
An educational institution is defined by the Government of Canada as “an organization that offers academic, technical or vocational programs of study, like a university or college.”
The ECA is used to verify that your foreign degree, diploma, or certificate (or other proof of your credential) is valid and equal to a Canadian one. When obtaining yours, make sure you get an ECA for immigration purposes and you must include your ECA report and the reference number in your Express Entry profile.
You can order an ECA from the authorized organizations that provide ECA’s, which are:
The designated professional bodies that provide licensing credential assessments (if applicable) are:
If you think you may be eligible for Express Entry, take our quick online quiz here to find out or head to Part 4 of the guide to learn about the minimum funds required for an Express Entry application.