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What is NACES- A Complete Guide

And why are they important for credential evaluations?
February 28, 2023
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Learn why NACES is an important part of credential evaluations and why ECE has been a NACES member since 1987.

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The U.S. Department of Education does not endorse nor recommend any individual credential evaluation service or any individual association of credential evaluation services. There is no federal regulation of credential evaluation services.  

The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is a professional organization that provides accreditation to credential evaluation services. NACES was created to fill that gap within the U.S. Federal government.  

These services evaluate the educational credentials of individuals who have completed their education outside of the United States. The evaluations are used by government agencies, educational institutions, and employers to determine the equivalency of the individual's education to the education system in the United States. 

What does NACES stand for?

NACES is the leading authority when it comes to credential evaluations in the US and maintains the ethical and professional standards for independent credential evaluation services. Students, international professionals, and society benefit from the research-based and trusted credential evaluation provided by NACES members.

NACES mission statement reads: NACES members serve as the foremost leaders in applied comparative education upholding professional standards and a code of ethics to ensure that individuals receive quality credential evaluation services. 

The importance of NACES

NACES is important because it sets standards for credential evaluation service providers, which helps ensure that organizations provide evaluations that are accurate and reliable. Additionally, organizations that accept evaluations from NACES-accredited services can be confident that the evaluations have been conducted by qualified professionals using appropriate standards.

This helps to ensure that the individuals who have completed their education outside the United States are treated fairly and equitably in the process of applying for government benefits, educational opportunities, and employment.

Why choose a credential evaluation from a NACES member? 

Choosing a credential evaluation from a NACES member gives consumers peace of mind knowing that the evaluation reports are completed to the highest ethical and professional standards in the field. 

Members of NACES are independent, nongovernmental organizations that adhere to strict standards to maintain their membership.  


ECE has been a NACES member since March 1987, when NACES was founded. As mentioned above, ECE adheres to strict standards to maintain our NACES membership. In addition, ECE staff are heavily involved in the credential evaluation community and have served on the board and on various committees with NACES. 

Part of our commitment to maintaining high standards is making sure our staff are trained properly. All employees go through a rigorous training schedule. ECE evaluators spend a minimum of 10 months learning the field of applied comparative education. They are passionate about what they do, and it shows. Our evaluators have an average of 14 years of experience and provide credential evaluation reports written to the high standards set forth by NACES.

When you’re ready we hope you’ll choose a NACES-accredited evaluation from ECE.