About comparative evaluation

The comparative evaluation of studies taken outside Québec (comparative evaluation) offers a general comparison of two official educational systems. It provides a better understanding of diplomas earned abroad. It identifies the academic level and field of training in Québec that can be compared with the studies taken outside of Canada.

The comparative evaluation is an expert opinion. It is issued for information purposes only.

Comparative evaluation is neither a diploma nor the equivalent of a diploma.

How to use comparative evaluation

Comparative evaluation is an occupational integration tool. It is not required to file an immigration application.

It creates no obligation but can be used in the hiring or admission process of:

  • Employers
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Educational institutions

Training that is not evaluated

Some kinds of training are not evaluated using comparative evaluation, including:

  • Training in a Canadian educational system You can refer to the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials This hyperlink will open in a new window. (CICIC) to estimate the level of your diploma in Québec.
  • Training of less than one full-time academic year
  • Incomplete post-secondary training
  • Unrecognized training that is not part of an official educational system
  • Elementary and secondary studies amounting to less than nine years of schooling (excluding the preschool period)
  • Attestations or certificates:
    • Competency certificate
    • Internship certificate
    • Professional qualification certificate
    • Proof of registration
    • Enrolment certificate
    • Occupational experience certificate

Fields of training used

The Québec field of training indicated in the comparative evaluation may be different from the name of the international study program.

The analysis broadly compares the study programs taken abroad with disciplines and study programs in Québec. The disciplines usually encompass several related study programs.

The titles depend on the academic level:

  • For university studies, the titles used for the fields of training This hyperlink will open in a new window. are taken from the list of disciplines issued by Emploi-Québec.
  • For secondary-level vocational and college technical studies, the titles used for the fields of training comes from the lists of official study programs offered in Québec. These can be found in the Programmes section of the Inforoute FPT portal This hyperlink will open in a new window..

If it is not possible to compare an international study program with a specific discipline or Québec study program, a study sector (high school, college or university education) will generally be indicated on the comparative evaluation.


Last update: November 14, 2023


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