Q&A

Q&A

About IERF Reports

What can IERF’s reports be used for?

IERF provides reports for:

education (for admission, transfer credit, etc.)
professional licensing/certification
employment and salary adjustment
immigration
military enlistment

What are the fees for a report?

IERF’s fees are determined by the application and report type. For more information, please refer to the For Institutions section. 

What type of equivalency report is recommended for my institution?

If your applicants are completing the application online, the interactive system will help them choose the correct report type.

We generally recommend a:

General Report for employment and immigration
Detail Report for college and university admission and transfer credit
Detail Report with Course Level Identification for junior/community colleges, transfer credit, and professional licensing/certification (in fields other than barbering and cosmetology, massage therapy, nursing, and physical therapy)

Please note that we also provide specialized licensure reports for barbering & cosmetologymassage therapy, nursing, and physical therapy.

What is the turnaround time?

IERF’s turnaround time depends on the report type and the services requested. For more information, please refer to the For Institutions section.

Who pays for an equivalency report?

The answer to this question is usually determined by the individual institution. In general, the individual applicant pays for the equivalency report. However, some educational institutions or employers choose to pay for their applicants. The military and attorneys must pay for their recruits’/clients’ equivalency reports.

What does the report fee include?

The fee includes one applicant copy and one official agency copy, which is in a sealed envelope. Both copies will be mailed to the payer unless IERF receives a request that the official agency copy be mailed to a separate address.

Who receives the equivalency report?

Both the official and applicant’s copies of the evaluation are mailed to the payer, unless instructed otherwise. Requests to have reports mailed to other addresses must be indicated on the application. If an application has already been received by IERF, the request should be submitted in writing.

How does IERF determine its equivalency?

IERF's equivalency policy is determined by examining world educational systems, including the U.S., and how a program best fits into the U.S. system.

The salient criteria are:

entrance requirements to the program
level of education (primary, secondary, postsecondary, etc.)
content of the program
purpose of the program (further education, vocational/professional training, etc.)
length of the program of study
institutional status
what the credential gives access to in the country of study
practical or clinical components

Each evaluation report represents the considered judgment of at least two qualified credentials evaluators certifying to the validity of the opinion expressed.

How does IERF report credit for completed coursework in a Detail Report?

IERF reports post-secondary academic coursework in terms of semester units, which is the most commonly used credit system in the United States.

How long are evaluation reports valid?

This decision rests with the individual institutions for which the report is intended, as they may have different requirements regarding the date of issue of an evaluation report.

Does IERF provide a discount to its institutional clients?

Please contact our Executive Director, Susan Bedil, at sbedil@ierf.org or (310) 258-9451, ext. 140 for more information.