FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Applying to the Credentials Evaluation Service

 

1. What if I have never placed an order for the CES?

If you have never placed an order for the CES with CGFNS, once you login to your CGFNS Connect account and go to order the credentials evaluation service, our website will prompt you to place an initial service order at full cost.

2. What if I previously placed an order for the CES, but the order expired within the last year due to inactivity?

If you previously placed an order for the CES, but the order expired within the last year due to inactivity, our website will prompt you to place a reprocess order.

3. What if I already had a credentials evaluation done with CGFNS and received a CES Professional and Academic Report?

If you previously had a credentials evaluation done with CGFNS and received a CES Professional and Academic Report based on that evaluation, our website will prompt you to place a reevaluation order.

 

  • Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Re-evaluation

 

1. During the re-evaluation process, will I need to update any of the documents I previously submitted for my initial CES order?

Depending on the documents under consideration, you may need to provide updated documentation.  For example, for reports that require verification of your licensure, updated validation may be required for the re-evaluation process if the licensure information on file is more than three years old.  In some cases, licensure information that is more than a year old may need to be updated.

2. I had a previous CES order that I placed before January 2011 that resulted in a Healthcare and Science Report or a Full Course-by-Course Report. Can I order a CES Re-evaluation under these circumstances?

No.  A CES Re-evaluation can only be ordered if your previous CES order included a request for a Professional Report of Academic Report.  If you previously ordered a Healthcare and Science Report or a Full Course-by-Course Report, a new order for a CES Professional Report or Academic Report must be ordered.  In this instance, the procedures relating to the standard credentials evaluation service, including associated fees, apply.

3. I previously ordered a CES which resulted in the issuance of an Academic Report. Can I order a CES Re-evaluation for the issuance of a Professional Report at this time?

No. If a previous order was for one report type, only this report type can be reissued with a CES Re-evaluation.  In your case, since your previous order was for a CES resulting in the issuance of an Academic Report, you can order a re-evaluation of the Academic Report only.  

 

 

  • English Language Proficiency Report for the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES)

 

1. I ordered a CES for a state that requires an English Language Proficiency Report. How can I determine if I am exempt from taking an English language proficiency examination?

To be exempt from having to take an English language proficiency examination, you must meet the following two criteria: 

  • Your entry-level professional education must have occurred in the United Kingdom, Australia, Barbados, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, or the United States
  • English must have been the language of instruction, including the language of the textbooks.

2. If I meet these two criteria, do I need to take an English language proficiency examination.

No. You do not need to take an English language proficiency examination if you meet these two criteria.

3. If I am exempt from taking an English language proficiency exam, can I pay a reduced fee for the English Language Proficiency Report?

No. Even if you are exempt from taking an English language proficiency exam, the English Language Proficiency Report still costs $85 USD.  There is no fee reduction.

4. If I am not eligible for exemption and am required to take an English language proficiency examination, what are acceptable English language proficiency examinations for the purpose of the English Language Proficiency Report?

Either the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS examination can be used to support the English Language Proficiency Report.  Exam scores must be less than two years old and must be submitted directly to CGFNS by the testing agency.

5. I am applying for a credentials evaluation service (CES) for use in one of the eight states that requires an English Language Proficiency Report. I am exempt from taking an English language proficiency examination. Do I still need to submit an English Language Proficiency Report?

Yes. If you apply for the credentials evaluation service (CES) for one of the eight states listed herein that requires the English Language Proficiency Report AND you are exempt from taking an English language proficiency examination, you are still required to attach an English Language Proficiency Report to the Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Report.

6. I am applying for a credentials evaluation service (CES) for a state that is not listed above. Do I still need to show English language proficiency?

Maybe.  States that do not require the English Language Proficiency Report still set their own requirements regarding English language proficiency.  If you are planning on applying for licensure with a state board not listed above, we recommend you consult with the individual state board to determine what proof of English language proficiency is required.

 

 

  • Expedited Review Service for the Credential Evaluation Service (CES)

 

1. Is there one standard fee for ordering the Expedited Review Service?

No. The cost for expedited review varies depending on what type of credentials evaluation service you are ordering. 

If you are ordering a CES Academic Report to pursue further education in a US institution of higher learning, the fee charged for the expedited review is $275 USD. 

If you are ordering a CES Professional Report to meet the specific requirements of an individual state board of nursing, the fee charged for the expedited review is $250 USD. 

2. Does paying for the Expedited Review Service guarantee that the issuance of my Credentials Evaluation Service (CES) Report will be expedited as well?

No. The Expedited Review Service only guarantees that your file will be reviewed within ten business days from the time all required documents have been received and processed by CGFNS.  Additional information may be required and requested upon review of your file.  In this instance, issuance of your CES report may be delayed until the requested documentation has been received and processed by CGFNS and all other requirements are deemed satisfied.

 

 

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