Services and Fees
A file number will be assigned upon receipt of the application.
This report identifies the institution(s) attended, dates of attendance, credential(s) earned, and the United States educational equivalent.
IERF evaluation reports are issued on special script-safe paper that cannot be altered.
- The recruiter may pick up the evaluation (by appointment only).
Alternatively, the evaluation can be mailed to the recruiter via:
- Regular Mail
- Domestic Secure Mailing ($20)
- Domestic Next Day Delivery ($35)
Payment in the form of cash or credit card must accompany all applications.
Document Requirements and Application Procedure
IERF General Document Requirements
(please note that there are also IERF Country-Specific Requirements)
The following must be submitted:
- Transcripts / Mark Sheets / Examination Certificates / Academic Records indicating courses/subjects, hours of study/units/credits, and grades/marks/examination results, issued in the original language. These must be issued on institutional letterhead and include official signatures and seals. If the hours/units/credits are not included on the academic records, please submit program descriptions/syllabi issued by the institution, where applicable.
- Diplomas / Graduation Certificates / Degree Certificates issued in the original language (indicating that a degree/qualification has been earned or that a program of study has been completed)
- If available, plan of studies / curriculum indicating the structure of the program of study
- Copy of the title page, abstract, table of contents, and first ten pages of the dissertation for the evaluation of doctoral studies
- Proof of name change (if applicable), e.g. copy of a marriage certificate or other legal document
Please note that if an applicant has continued on to postsecondary studies, he/she is not required to submit academic records for secondary studies. Also, if the applicant has completed graduate studies, the undergraduate academic records are still required as supporting documentation, although he/she may request to not include them in the evaluation.
To prevent any potential delay in the processing of an application, it is recommended that original documents are submitted. Original records are required for licensure (i.e., accounting, architecture, teaching, etc.). IERF reserves the right to request original documents at any time during the evaluation process. Official certified true copies of academic records issued by the institution of study or relevant government body may be acceptable as original, whereas notarized copies are not.
Original documents (including translations) must be accompanied by clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back). Otherwise, a $20 fee will be assessed. Photocopies become the property of IERF.
Translations must be submitted for all records not officially issued in English. These must be in the same format as the original-language documents, line-by-line, word-for-word, and must be typed. IERF reserves the right to request translations prepared by professional translation services. If submitting official or original translations, a set of clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back) should be included.
IERF has negotiated a special discount with University Language Services for our applicants who use their translation services. They can be contacted directly through their website for the discount.
Request for Additional Information
Be certain that all the necessary documents have been gathered before sending the application, as missing documents will delay the processing of the evaluation.
Please note that at any time during the evaluation process, IERF reserves the right to request original documents, additional documents, and/or that documents be sent directly to IERF by the issuing institutions.
The requested documentation and/or fees must be submitted within 4 months. Otherwise, the case will be closed and a $80 fee will be required to re-open it.
- IERF pre-screens applications for military evaluations. Recruiters may fax or email the necessary documents to our Support Department who will, in return, contact the recruiter with information regarding any further necessary documentation.
- IERF accepts pre-arranged walk-ins for military evaluations between the hours of 8:30am-11:30am and 12:45pm-3:00pm. Recruiters may also submit the paperwork via USPS or a courier service.
- Our processing time is generally 24-48 hours from the receipt of all required documentation and/or fees.
Terms and Conditions
Please review the following terms and conditions:
The evaluation reports prepared by IERF are advisory in nature and in no way limit an agency or institution in making its own determination as to the level of education and allocation of credit to be allowed for the foreign credentials. IERF is not liable for consequential damages if the desired equivalency is not recommended.
Any questions concerning specific requirements and procedures for licensure, employment, or admissions criteria should be addressed by the applicant to the appropriate licensing board, agency or institution.
Altered or Irregular Documents
If forged, altered, or falsified documents are submitted to IERF, the request for evaluation will be immediately cancelled. All documents (original and photocopies) become the property of IERF. No refund will be issued. The information will be made available to the appropriate parties (academic institutions, government agencies, professional organizations and other evaluation services).
In the event of any disputes between the applicant and IERF, such disputes shall be governed by California law and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County courts.
IERF services are conducted solely by regular mail and the internet. Academic records, however, may only be submitted by regular mail or Courier Service.
Changes to an application must be submitted in writing. Once the evaluation is completed, an applicant has 90 days from the date of issue of the evaluation report within which to raise any questions concerning its content. Thereafter, the file will be closed.
Damaged or Lost Documents
Original documents submitted by the applicant are returned by a secure mailing service. While every effort is made by IERF to ensure the proper handling of educational documents, IERF accepts no liability related to the loss or damage of documents.
Limited Liability of Service
While every effort will be made to complete the evaluation within the requested timeframe, IERF cannot guarantee processing times and assumes no liability related to the delay of an evaluation report.
IERF shall not be responsible for any incidental or consequential damages that an applicant may incur if the educational equivalency anticipated by the applicant is not issued as the evaluation report, based on IERF research, may differ from an applicant’s interpretation or that provided by another party. IERF shall not be liable for any damages resulting from the use of the evaluation report. Furthermore, the applicant agrees to reimburse IERF for any and all costs, including legal expenses, which may incur as a result of any claim that the applicant (or anyone having any interest in the applicant’s earnings or services) may make, based on the recommended equivalency.
Reassessment of Equivalencies
IERF bases its evaluation analysis on the best information available to professionals in applied comparative education in the United States at the time when the evaluation is made. When additional information becomes available, IERF reserves the right to reassess educational equivalencies when copies of an evaluation report are requested.
Evaluations based on documents not submitted with the original request are considered to be new evaluations, and a new payment of the fee is required. Requests to change a General Report to a Detail Report (or the reverse) will be subject to the fee applicable to that report. The amount paid for any previous evaluation report is not credited toward the charge for a re-evaluation.
No refunds will be issued once an application has been submitted, even if the applicant disagrees with the evaluation.
A check that is returned due to insufficient funds is subject to an additional $30 fee.
IERF reserves the right to contact educational and governmental institutions for additional information and/or verification of the authenticity of the credentials submitted, including, but not limited to, sending copies of credentials to the institution.
Authorization for Release
IERF may release information about an applicant’s status including copies of educational records where these are required by the agency for whom the evaluation is being prepared.
Refusal of Service
IERF reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
Information Subject to Change
The information provided by IERF on this website and on the application is subject to change at any time.