Applying for recognition of foreign professional qualifications for regulated professions

If you are an EU citizen and would like to work in the Netherlands in a regulated (protected) profession – for example, as a lawyer or teacher – then you need Dutch recognition of your professional qualifications. This applies to residents of the European Union (EU), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Last updated on 14 May 2021

Criteria for recognition of professional qualifications

You are only permitted to practise a regulated profession if you have the legally required professional qualifications. There are, for example, requirements in terms of educational qualifications, diplomas or certificates and experience.

Applying for recognition of professional qualifications

Please contact a recognised body (‘competent authority’) to apply for recognition of your professional qualifications. Nuffic can provide the necessary information regarding which authority you will need to contact.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

General Law on the recognition of EC professional qualifications

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