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What is NACES®?

NACES® is an association of independent and nongovernmental credential evaluation organizations located in the United States. NACES® organizations are committed to providing the highest quality credential evaluations.

I have been referred to the NACES® website to have my credentials evaluated. Does NACES® evaluate credentials?

No. NACES® is an association of credential evaluation organizations. As an association, NACES® does not provide evaluation reports; its members do. You should select a NACES® member from the list of Current NACES members to have your credentials evaluated.

How is NACES® different from other associations of international education evaluation services?

NACES® membership requires a rigorous prescreening and application procedure, including an on-site visit prior to granting admission to 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. In addition, members must make sustained contributions to the field of credential evaluation, maintain extensive reference, resource libraries, and databases, share information with other NACES® members, adhere to strict standards of professional ethics, and undergo an annual recertification process which includes periodic on-site visits.

Why should I choose a NACES® member to evaluate my credentials?

NACES® members provide accurate and reliable evaluations that are prepared with integrity. Within the United States, no government agency monitors the establishment of credential evaluation services. In 1987, NACES® was founded to promote excellence in the field of credential evaluation. Additionally, NACES® has stringent membership requirements. Its members are dedicated to ethical standards and they contribute to the field of international education. For these reasons and more, using a NACES® organization is a good choice.

How do I choose which NACES® member to evaluate my academic documents?

All NACES® members provide evaluations of the highest quality. There are, however, several factors you may wish to consider when choosing a member organization.

Location should not be the criterion for choosing a member organization, as all member organizations offer the complete evaluation process through mail, technology or a combination thereof. Price, processing time, and purpose of the evaluation may help you determine which organization is right for you. Be sure that the institution to which you will be applying will accept an evaluation report from the member organization you select. Some institutions may accept a report from any NACES® member organizations, while other institutions may have a pre-selected list of member organizations for you to make your selection.

Should I consider using the services of a NACES® member near where I live?

Since credential evaluation organizations provide their services via mail, technology, or a combination thereof, the physical location of the member organization you select does not matter.

Which credential evaluation organizations are members of NACES®?

The Current Members page on this website provides the name and website information for all current members of NACES®. If an organization is not listed on our Current Members page, it is not a member of NACES®.

Is there a NACES® member in my country?

NACES® member organizations provide credential evaluation services within the United States. If you are seeking to have the credentials you have earned outside the United States evaluated, choose a NACES member organization and follow the instructions as to how to submit an application from your country.

How can I determine if an evaluation organization was a past member of NACES®?

If you wish to inquire about past members, please contact the Membership Chair to determine an organization’s membership status in NACES®.

What role does NACES® play in the day-to-day operations of members?

NACES® requires that good practices, high ethical standards, and reliable evaluation reports prepared with integrity, be a part of the day-to-day operations of its members.

Will the evaluations from different members be identical? If not, why?

While each member is held to high standards in preparing reliable evaluations, it is important to know that different legitimate methodologies may be used to conduct evaluations. NACES® does not dictate evaluation conclusions. Determinations are made based on the judgment of the senior evaluators of the NACES® member organizations that are preparing an evaluation report. It is important to know that professional judgments can differ from one NACES® member organization to another. The final decision concerning the judgments rendered in an evaluation report rests with the senior evaluators of the evaluation organization preparing the report.

If a complaint is filed against a NACES® member, what are the steps for a resolution? Is there a follow-up to the member organization to ensure resolution?

Any complaint should first be addressed with the individual member organization. The organization that has prepared the evaluation will provide you with an explanation of how the judgment was made. Complaints made directly to NACES® will be forwarded to the member organization that provided the evaluation for resolution.

It must be noted that the role of an evaluation organization is to analyze the information provided by an applicant, determine the US equivalence of the quantitative and qualitative information contained therein, and prepare an evaluation report that states the US equivalence of the applicant's educational qualifications.

The role of NACES® is to ensure that the senior evaluation staff of NACES® member organizations (i.e., the persons who make evaluation decisions) has the appropriate level of experience and relevant library resources to evaluate educational credentials from other countries.