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What is NACES?

NACES is an association of private and independent foreign educational credentials evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation.

Knowledgeable. Recognized. Thorough.

NACES member organizations demonstrate a high level of expertise in the evaluation of foreign educational credentials and maintain significant professional involvement in organizations such as NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Member organizations also have extensive and current libraries containing pertinent resources regarding foreign educational systems, institutions and credentials.


Vision Statement

To serve as the authority in the credential evaluation field and to guide the evolution of the profession in the ever-broadening contexts for applied comparative education in the global community.


Mission Statement

NACES member organizations demonstrate the highest ethical and practice standards through a rigorous membership process. We serve education institutions, professional organizations, regulatory and legal entities, business communities, and individuals in the authentication, verification, analysis, and evaluation of education obtained outside the United States.


Why choose a NACES member for your evaluation?

Collectively, NACES members bring well over 350 years of experience in foreign credentials evaluation. NACES members are established agencies with knowledgeable evaluation staff and long records of professionalism in the field of international education.

NACES was founded in 1987 to promote excellence in the field of foreign credentials evaluation. Because there is no government agency within the United States that monitors the establishment of foreign credentials services, membership in NACES is an important factor to consider when choosing an evaluation agency you can trust.

Through stringent membership requirements, NACES ensures that its members are dedicated to ethical standards, active contributors to the professionalism of the field, and provide high quality, reliable evaluations that are prepared with integrity.


Why is NACES membership important?

  • NACES membership requires a rigorous prescreening and application procedure, which includes an on-site visit prior to offer of membership.

  • Members must have qualified senior evaluation staff with no less than 5 years of full-time experience in international admissions at a regionally accredited academic institution, or at a current member organization.

  • Members must make regular contributions to the field of international education evaluation.

  • Members maintain extensive reference and resource libraries, and share current research with other professionals in international education

  • Members share information with their colleagues at other NACES agencies.

  • Members adhere to strict standards of professional ethics and good practices.

  • Members go through an annual recertification process (including periodic on-site visits), to ensure that each member continues to uphold the integrity of NACES.