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Old Dec 8th 2022, 10:51 am
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Canadian employers frequently ask for a "High School Diploma" or a "High School Graduation Certificate" as there is no such thing issued in the UK how do you steer round this?
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Canadian employers frequently ask for a "High School Diploma" or a "High School Graduation Certificate" as there is no such thing issued in the UK how do you steer round this?
Get a credential assessment done via somebody like WES. Most Canadian employers aren't going to have a clue what an A Level or NVQ is, so that bit of paper tells them that your education in the UK is equivalent to a high school diploma in Canada.

HTH.
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More Bureaucratic Nonsense
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
Get a credential assessment done via somebody like WES. Most Canadian employers aren't going to have a clue what an A Level or NVQ is, so that bit of paper tells them that your education in the UK is equivalent to a high school diploma in Canada.

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so what are the steps that are required or would I probably be Better of searching in
you tube do you just contact WES and give them the dates you Attended high school
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so what are the steps that are required or would I probably be Better of searching in
you tube do you just contact WES and give them the dates you Attended high school
No, you need more than just dates. The whole process is laid out on their website. https://www.wes.org/about-wes-credential-evaluation/

What do you actually need it for? If you’re already in Canada and job hunting then the above will be fine. But if you need it for visa purposes then make sure you get an ECA (WES is only one of several approved providers for them) - https://www.wes.org/ca/eca/

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More Bureaucratic Nonsense
You will defiantly think so if you go for an assessment! I found the whole thing to be an absolute pain. Applying to WES and paying the $150 fee is the simple and cheap part. The way it works is you tell WES what certificates you have and download scanned copies to them. That however isn't enough they then want to see original certificates. But even if you have original certificates they will not accept them from you, they need come DIRECT from the (each) exam board. So you end up farcically applying for replacements for "lost" certificates that you have in your hand. Be prepared to then have to make separate applications for each UK certificate you have. Even if one exam board issued issued you with several certificates you have to separately apply and pay for each certificate. I needed 11certificates from 6 different exam boards. All the exam boards work differently and only one, Pearson had any way to electronically send papers direct to WES. The whole thing took me the best part of two days to organise and sort. The average price of each the new certificates was £50 and with courier and "priority service fees " the cost of the new certificates has come in at over £750!
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I needed 11certificates from 6 different exam boards. All the exam boards work differently and only one, Pearson had any way to electronically send papers direct to WES. The whole thing took me the best part of two days to organise and sort. The average price of each the new certificates was £50 and with courier and "priority service fees " the cost of the new certificates has come in at over £750!
Just to clarify for the sake of anybody reading, you usually only need your highest qualification assessed i.e. one degree, one diploma etc. Why was it 11, would they not just take your A Levels/BTEC/NVQ or whatever you did at secondary?
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Just to clarify for the sake of anybody reading, you usually only need your highest qualification assessed i.e. one degree, one diploma etc. Why was it 11, would they not just take your A Levels/BTEC/NVQ or whatever you did at secondary?
As per my original post the education level of "high school diploma" is what is being assessed in this case and WES's guidance is basically send them everything you did at high school.
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Originally Posted by Revin Kevin View Post
As per my original post the education level of "high school diploma" is what is being assessed in this case and WES's guidance is basically send them everything you did at high school.
So GCSE's as well? That's really odd, they normally only require the highest qualification. What a pain!
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