The Association of International Credential Evaluators - Setting the Standard for Credential Evaluation


Since its inception in 1998, AICE has been responsible for developing and implementing the ethics and correct practices required by a profession that touches the individual lives of each of our clients, as well as our society as a whole.

AICE was founded in 1998 as a not-for-profit professional association dedicated to promoting standards of excellence in the field of international credential evaluation.

The Charter Members who signed on when AICE was established included:

  • Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI)
  • Globe Language Services, Inc.
  • International Evaluation Service (IES)


Up until December 28, 1973, international credential evaluations were provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Credential Advisory Interpretation Service. With the dissolution of this Office, experts in the field generously applied themselves in establishing guidelines for applied research and the evaluation of international educational credentials.

Subsequently, there was a proliferation of credential evaluation services in the private sector and with the absence of regulations once enforced by a government agency, the development of professional ethics and principles for the profession was taking shape. This collective effort brought forth the establishment of AICE to ensure accuracy and consistency in credential evaluations provided by trained and experienced professionals.

Industry Background

AICE promotes best practices in international education through collaboration among a variety of stakeholders. AICE Endorsed Members and Charter Member (Active Agency) are specifically dedicated to providing high-quality international educational credentials evaluation services to individuals, schools, colleges, universities, professional licensing boards, government agencies, private and public enterprises and any other entities seeking such services.

On December 28, 1973, the U.S. Government announced it was closing its foreign educational credential evaluation service, and the private sector was asked to step forward. It did not, however, nominate, designate or assign any specific group as its replacement.

Several U.S. international education individuals and organizations generously applied themselves in establishing guidelines for applied research and the evaluation of international educational credentials, while at the same time outlining the professional ethics and principles for the profession.

The educational credentials evaluation profession is a self-disciplined profession which, at best, abides by and complies with established guidelines and codes of ethics.