Getting a Certificate of Qualification

The first step to getting a Certificate of Qualification is to apply for an assessment of your credentials.

After reviewing an application, the NCA will issue an assessment report to the applicant listing the subjects and/or legal education that is required to ensure that the applicant’s legal education and training is equivalent to that provided by an approved law school in Canada. 

In order to obtain an NCA Certificate of Qualification, most applicants are required to demonstrate competence in a number of subjects. Applicants may demonstrate competence in one of three ways:

  1. successful completion of NCA examinations;
  2. by registering as a special student in a Canadian common law degree program and successfully completing the assigned subjects as part of your program of studies;
  3. a combination of (1) and (2).

Once an applicant has successfully completed the NCA requirements, the applicant may request a Certificate of Qualification by visiting the NCA portal and following the steps below:  

  1. Select “Manage Yourself”.
  2.  Click on the heading “Request Certificate”.
  3. Complete the form and click “Submit”.

Common Law law societies in Canada normally accept the NCA’s Certificate of Qualifications for entry to their Bar admission process. 

The Certificate of Qualification is not the same as a Canadian law degree. Applicants who wish to obtain a Canadian law degree should apply to a Canadian law school. 

If you have any questions about the National Committee on Accreditation and the assessment program for internationally-trained law graduates, please contact: 

By email: 

By surface or regular mail, or by courrier:
National Committee on Accreditation
c/o Federation of Law Societies of Canada
World Exchange Plaza
45 O’Connor, Suite 1810
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1P 1A4

By telephone: