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Approved Credential Evaluation Service Status

TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 2 - Examinations

§ 9.1. Approved Credential Evaluation Service Status.

(a) To receive and to maintain Board approval, a credentials evaluation service shall:
(1) Be a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs: Association of International Educators, or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services;
(2) Furnish the Board with a copy of its current written procedure for identifying fraudulent transcripts, and comply with that procedure;
(3) Furnish the Board with a list of its reference materials including the title of each reference, its publisher, and the date of publication, and certify that the references are adequate to prepare complete, accurate evaluations and are the most current editions available;
(4) Furnish the Board with biographical information on evaluators and translators, including a list of languages spoken and years in service. The service shall have at least one senior staff member with not less than five years of foreign student college admission experience or closely related credential evaluation experience at all academic levels;
(5) Furnish the Board with its organization chart showing the ratio of senior staff members to junior staff members is, at most, one to five, and shall not exceed that ratio;
(6) Furnish the Board with written evidence that a minimum of 50% of the evaluations performed by junior staff members are reviewed by senior staff members, and shall maintain at least that minimum;
(7) Furnish the Board with statistical information on the number of applications processed annually for the past five years;
(8) Furnish the Board with a list of at least three accredited colleges and universities or other licensing agencies using its services;
(9) Furnish the Board with three letters of reference, written within the last year, from public or private agencies;
(10) Furnish the Board with a copy of its appeal procedure for applicants, and comply with that procedure;
(11) Furnish evaluations to the Board that comply with the requirements of this section;
(12) For the initial application, furnish the Board with sample evaluations prepared for other agencies.
(b) Each evaluation provided by the Board approved service shall:
(1) Affirm in a written statement that the evaluation is based only upon authenticated, original transcripts and degrees;
(2) Include certified copies of all original transcripts;
(3) Be furnished directly to the Board, in English; on tamper-proof paper,
(4) Include a report of each degree held by the applicant along with the equivalent degree offered in the United States, the date the degree was granted and the institution granting the degree;
(5) Include a listing of the course titles with the semester unit equivalent for each course.
(c) The credentials evaluation service shall report to the Board annually whether it has undergone any organizational changes. Approval issued under this section shall expire five years after the date of issuance unless renewed by the Board prior to its expiration by meeting the requirements in subsection (a). Approval may be withdrawn at any time if the credentials evaluation service fails to comply with any of the requirements of this section.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 5010 and 5094, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 5094, Business and Professions Code.


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