What you need to do to have
your qualifications recognised outside the country where it was delivered will depend
on what you want to do and on the country where you want to go. Most likely,
you want your qualifications evaluated for one of the following reasons: you want
to study, you want to work, or you want to emigrate (and most likely work
Depending on the country, it
will be the educational institution (i.e. university), the Ministry responsible
for education, or the ENIC-NARIC national information centre that will be
responsible for the evaluation of your foreign diploma prior to admission.
If you need a recognition
procedure for the purpose of employment in a certain profession, the professional
recognition procedure depends largely on whether the profession in question is regulated or
is not regulated in the host country.
If a profession is not
regulated, formally a holder of a foreign qualification does not have to seek
any recognition. It is the employer who takes the decision regarding employment
of a holder of foreign qualification.
If a profession is regulated,
the state nominates competent authorities, which take the decisions upon
recognition of foreign qualifications for the purpose of take up and pursuit of
the profession in question. In order to work in a regulated profession with
foreign qualifications one must apply for the recognition of these
qualifications by a competent authority.
What to expect
You will be required to
provide a number of documents (originals or photocopies), and possibly to have
some of them translated. Before the assessment you will be told:
much the evaluation will cost (if there is a fee for the service);
long the examination of your credentials will take (several weeks to several
months depending on the complexity of your file);
will happen if you submit forgeries or other false documents;
type of document (for example a full equivalency, or a comparative report) you
as a result of the assessment;
you can do if you are not satisfied with the evaluation (how to appeal the
What to avoid
not send any documentation (by email, regular mail, or fax) until and unless
you have been specifically asked to do so by the appropriate agency. The
documents required may not be the ones you think, or the agency you are sending
them to may not be the appropriate one.
will be saving time, money and the possible loss of important and confidential
not have any document translated on your own until you are told specifically
that such a translation is needed and how to proceed with this. In this way,
you will avoid possible unnecessary expenses.
not provide original documents. In most cases, duly certified copies should be
sufficient. In case of doubt, you may be required to show the original
documents, but do not send them by mail.
If you have a
question about the recognition of your degree, diploma or qualifications in one
of the ENIC-NARIC countries listed in the right column, please click on the
name of the country and contact the national
information centre of that country for expert assistance.
You can also
find information on policies and
procedures for the recognition of qualifications in each ENIC-NARIC country
page (right column).
According to the Directive 2005/36/EC, within the EU countries there
are national contact points that can give you information
on the recognition of your professional qualifications and guide you through
the administrative formalities you need to complete. In order to know if a
profession is regulated in a EU country, please visit the Regulated Professions Database: it contains
information on the regulated professions covered by Directive 2005/36/EC, statistics on migrating
professionals, contact points and competent authorities. This applies to
professions regulated in the EU Member States, EEA countries and Switzerland.
For more detailed information on professional recognition procedures in
other countries, please visit the UNESCO Regions section of the present website
and contact directly the national authority of the country concerned.
List of information points for professional recognition in the EU member states, the EEA countries and Switzerland
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