FACS reviews only the academic experience of an applicant and does not provide advisory recommendations concerning the reciprocity of foreign earned professional qualifications and work experience.
FACS does not prepare advisory evaluations for medical education.
Any educational credential submitted after an evaluation has been completed will require a new evaluation and a new fee payment.
All information requested must be provided within a one-year period, at which time records will be discarded and the evaluation process will have to be initiated again.
FACS retains completed evaluation records for five (5) years from the year of evaluation.
FACS recommends that descriptions of courses that may not be accurately described by the course title be provided.
Official English language translations must accompany official copies of records that are in another language. Official records including diplomas, in the original language, must be submitted with the English language translations.
FACS may request the applicant to provide additional or other records and/or to complete supplemental forms describing his or her educational preparation in order to formulate an accurate advisory evaluation. FACS will also, when necessary, contact an institution in another country or in the United States for further information about an applicant’s credentials including verification of authenticity.
In the event that FACS determines that the academic credentials submitted for evaluation have in any way been altered, tampered with, or forged, no evaluation will be prepared. All fees will be forfeited and appropriate notification will be issued.
SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR CPA APPLICANTS
Each applicant’s academic credentials will be evaluated to assess whether his or her educational preparation, in the opinion of FACS, fulfills the education requirement to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination or become licensed in the state or jurisdiction to which the application is made. The Board of each state or jurisdiction will consider the FACS evaluation as advisory and reserves the right to make final determination as to the eligibility of the applicant. Requests to change from one board to another board (for example, Florida to North Dakota) will require a new fee payment for a new evaluation.
Applicants who have earned professional qualifications in accounting in another country should submit relevant supporting documents, including complete and official examination results and qualifications granted.
OHIO APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
If you have completed a course(s) that includes the topic of professional ethics and responsibility, please request your college or university to provide us directly with an official syllabus, course description, or letter indicating the completion of a course, which includes the subject of professional ethics and responsibilities. Professional ethics completed as part of your auditing courses or auditing sequence is acceptable to the Accountancy Board of Ohio.
COLORADO APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants for Colorado must complete a course in auditing that includes U.S. Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). Please request your college or university to directly provide a course syllabus, course description, or letter from the institution indicating the coverage of U.S. GAAS.
SPECIAL COUNTRY INFORMATION APPLICANTS WITH CREDENTIALS FROM HONG KONG PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants who have received the General Certificate of Education in Advanced Level subjects or who have passed the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination should submit official copies of these certificates or examination results that report their Advanced Level subjects by title.
APPLICANTS WITH CREDENTIALS FROM CHINA PLEASE NOTE:
Please purchase a verification code of your transcripts from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) or the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). A CHESICC or CDGDC Verification of your academic credentials IS REQUIRED for all academic documents at the college-level or above. This will help to expedite the authentication of your transcripts and move your evaluation process along more quickly. Please see the below links:
China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center
China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center
Applicants who have attended colleges or universities in the People’s Republic of China must request those institutions to provide FACS with transcripts of academic record that reports the credit value and/or class hours for each course (subject) must be provided. Note, the Certificate of Graduation may not include the full title of the degree earned. Please also include the Certificate of Degree, when applicable. Records submitted in sealed envelopes from the issuing college or university cannot be returned to the applicant. Applicants who have attended colleges or universities in the People’s Republic of China must request those institutions to provide FACS with transcripts of academic record that reports the credit value and/or class hours for each course (subject) must be provided. Note, the Certificate of Graduation may not include the full title of the degree earned. Please also include the Certificate of Degree, when applicable. Records submitted in sealed envelopes from the issuing college or university cannot be returned to the applicant.
APPLICANTS WITH CREDENTIALS FROM INDIA PLEASE NOTE:
Please be sure to submit notarized copies of all marksheets. The final year marksheet is not sufficient for evaluation. We want to make sure you receive all of the credit to which you are entitled.
EXCEPTION: All CPA applicants who are scheduling examinations through NASBA CPA Exam Services and have completed their education in India: Effective August 3, 2021 we can no longer accept notarized educational documents. All educational documents must be sent to FACS in university-sealed envelopes, or electronically directly from the university. Please note, they must be sent by the issuing university, and not the affiliated college.
APPLICANTS WITH CREDENTIALS FROM LEBANON PLEASE NOTE:
Please be sure to provide us with an official copy of your Baccalaureate II, Lebanese Baccalaureate, or General Certificate of Education. We want to make sure that you receive all of the credit to which you’re entitled! Without this document, we are unable to provide full credit for your bachelor’s degree.
APPLICANTS WITH CREDENTIALS FROM EUROPE PLEASE NOTE:
Applicants who have attended European universities and other higher education institutions (for example, in Germany, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Russia, etc.) must request those institutions to provide FACS with an official report of all courses (subjects) by title completed toward the diploma that includes the number of instructional/lecture/seminar hours offered weekly in each course (subject) during each academic semester or year. Official copies of diplomas earned and all examination results in each course (subject) must be provided. Academic records from European schools that participate in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System should report ECTS credits for each course.
Requesting cancellation of evaluation services prior to processing will result in a full refund of fees minus a $10 processing fee retained by FACS, Inc. Evaluation processing begins when required documentation has been received by FACS, Inc. Fees are non-refundable once FACS, Inc. has begun the evaluation process.