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Instructions for Qualifications Based on Foreign Education

Applicants or selectees who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. An evaluation is required before human resources can make an official job offer. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation.

To be acceptable, the foreign credential evaluation must include/describe:

  • The type of education received;
  • The level of education in relation to the U.S. education system, and state that its comparability recommendations follow the general guidelines of the U.S. National Council for the Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials;
  • The content of the educational program earned abroad and the standard obtained;
  • The status of the awarding foreign school's recognition and legitimacy in its home country's education system; and
  • Any other information of interest such as what the evaluation service did to obtain this information, the qualifications of the evaluator, and any indications as to other problems such as forgery.

Applicants or selectees can request an evaluation from a member organization of one of the two national associations of credential evaluation services:

  1. National Association of Credential Evaluation Services External Web Site Policy (NACES) is an association of many credential evaluation services with admission standards and an enforced code of good practice.
  2. Association of International Credentials Evaluators External Web Site Policy (AICE) is an association of many credential evaluation services with a board of advisors and an enforced code of ethics.

Credential evaluations are not free and applicants or selectees are responsible for the cost of the selected service. The cost will vary according to the complexity of the case and the amount of documentation provided. Prior to submitting any documents to a credential evaluation service, applicants or selectees will also need to obtain English translations of any non-English documents, preferably notarized. The entire credentialing process may take weeks to months.

For more information on Foreign Education and verification, visit the US Department of Education External Web Site Policy and OPM’s websites External Web Site Policy

This page last reviewed on March 27, 2017

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