Professional recognition is
the recognition of a foreign qualification for the purpose of employment in a
certain profession. The recognition of qualifications for professional
(employment) purposes depends largely on whether the profession in question is regulated or
is not regulated
in the host country.
The profession is regulated
if the national legislation of the host country stipulates that the take up or
pursuit of this profession in question is subject, directly or indirectly, by
virtue of laws, regulations or administrative provisions, to the possession of
evidence of education and training (or an attestation of competence). It is up
to each country, which professions it chooses to regulate.
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.
The ENIC-NARIC national information centre (see the list of countries to
the right column) should be able to assist you or to direct you to the appropriate
source of information.
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/or 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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