Some occupations are regulated (i.e.
Medical Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher, etc.), while others are not.
Whether you are planning to emigrate permanently, to go abroad temporarily or
to return to your home country to start working after completing studies
abroad, it is imperative that you enquire about the status of your chosen
occupation, how to proceed to have your qualifications evaluated, and what
additional steps you may need to take before you are authorised to practise.
For a non-regulated occupation, requirements for employment can vary
from very specific to very general. You may be expected to demonstrate a
certain level of skills and competences, to have completed a certain number of
years of education, and even to have personal characteristics suitable for the
job. Since these requirements are not regulated by law, it is up to the
employer to decide whether your qualifications earned outside the country are
equivalent to the credentials required for the occupation. Because registration
and certification may be available for certain non-regulated occupations, some
employers will require, as a condition for employment, that applicants be
registered or certified by the relevant professional association.
There is no single process in place for the recognition of qualifications
for purposes of entry into non-regulated occupations.
The procedures and
practices will depend from one hosting country to another.
The ENIC-NARIC national information centre (see the list of countries to
the right) should be able to assist you or to direct you to the appropriate
source of information.
Some ENIC-NARIC national information centres can produce documents useful
to present your qualification(s) to employers in a different system.
For more detailed information on regulated and non-regulated professions in
other countries, please visit the UNESCO 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
Eures - The European JobMobility Portal
Euraxess- Researchers in Motion