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About Us

International Qualifications

ECCTIS Ltd are leading experts in the field of international qualifications and skills.

Our multi-lingual team of regional education experts possess in-depth understanding of comparative education models, recognition criteria, international qualifications and skills, qualification frameworks and quality assurance and accreditation systems. We use this unique knowledge set to develop products and services aimed at increasing understanding of global education for a range of stakeholders.

ECCTIS operate five UK government services, specifically:

ECCTIS has been managing the UK NARIC service since 1997. Over the intervening period, international student and labour mobility has grown rapidly and the need for expert advice on the comparable level of international qualifications and skills has become ever more crucial. ECCTIS has developed a membership service to provide expert guidance to a range of organisations handling international qualifications – both in the UK and internationally – which has evolved over the years to account for the changing needs of our stakeholders.

Key features of the UK NARIC membership service include:

  • Access to UK NARIC information datasets on international education systems, now covering 200 countries
  • Customer support from our in-house team of regional experts
  • Training programmes covering both essential skills and regional expertise
  • Annual UK NARIC conference, focusing upon fundamental issues relating to recognition of international education

Beyond the UK NARIC membership service, ECCTIS conduct a range of specialised research and consultancy work. Our project managers are experienced evaluators and use principles of credential evaluation to conduct analysis into specific recognition issues.

Reports may for instance concentrate upon the benchmarking of international qualifications to established reference points such as qualification frameworks, learning outcome hierarchies and/or skills descriptors. The results widen general understanding of comparative education levels of non-traditional international qualifications. Ministries can use the results to develop thresholds in managed migration systems, providers can better market own-brand qualifications and evaluators can widen the range of qualifications they will actively consider for progression purposes.

Beyond the UK NARIC service, ECCTIS also manage European contact points on behalf of the UK government. Each of the centres aims to help improve and simplify recognition processes in complex areas of European student and labour mobility. The means differ – for instance, standardised and freely available CV templates, a common framework for describing linguistic competences, credits for mobile students in vocational study areas or by helping mobile professionals to navigate recognition processes governed by Directives – but each fundamentally relates to the better and wider understanding of international qualifications and skills.