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What is NACES?

NACES is an association of independent and private foreign educational credential evaluation services located in the United States. NACES agencies are committed to providing the highest quality foreign credential evaluations.

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

No. NACES is an association of credentials evaluation services. 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 foreign 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 offer of membership. Members must have a 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 regular contributions to the field of international education evaluation, maintain extensive reference and resource libraries, share information with other NACES members, adhere to strict standards of professional ethics, and go through an annual recertification process which includes periodic on-site visits for existing members), to ensure that members continue to uphold the integrity of NACES.

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

NACES members provide accurate and reliable evaluations prepared with integrity. Within the United States, no government agency monitors the establishment of foreign credentials services. In 1987, NACES was founded to promote excellence in the field of foreign 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 agency 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 service.

Location should not be the criterion for choosing a service, as all member services offer the complete process of evaluation through mail (including e-mail communication). Price, processing time, and purpose of the evaluation may help to you determine which service is right for you. Be sure that the institution to which you will be applying will accept an evaluation report from the member you select. Some institutions may accept a report from any NACES member service, while other institutions may have a select list of members to choose from.

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

Since all credentials evaluation agencies provide their services by mail, it does not matter where the credentials service you select is located.

Which credential evaluation services are members of NACES?

The Current Members page on this website provides the name and website information for all current members of NACES. If a service 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 agencies provide credential evaluation services within the US. If you are seeking to have your international credentials evaluated, choose a NACES member and follow the instructions as to how to submit an application from out of the country.

How can I determine if an evaluation service 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 evaluations prepared with integrity, be a part of every operational day of its members.

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

While each member is held to high standards and reliable evaluations, it is important to note that different legitimate methodologies may be used to prepare evaluations. NACES does not dictate evaluation conclusions. Conclusions represent the judgment of the senior evaluators of the NACES member organizations that prepared an evaluation report. It is important to note that professional judgments can differ from one NACES member organization to another. The final decision concerning the judgments contained in an evaluation report rests with the senior evaluators of the evaluation service that prepared 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 agency that prepared the evaluation will provide you with an explanation of how they arrived at their conclusions. Complaints made directly to NACES will be forwarded to the agency that prepared the evaluation for resolution.

It must be remembered that the role of an evaluation service is to analyze the information provided by an applicant, determine the US equivalent of the quantitative and qualitative information contained therein, and prepare an evaluation report that states the US equivalent 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.