Working in Holland with a foreign diploma

Can you work in Holland with a foreign diploma?

Have you received a diploma abroad and would you like to work in Holland? Then you need to check whether your profession is regulated here.

What is a regulated profession?

If a profession is regulated, there are certain criteria you need to meet to be able to practise this profession. The Dutch government has laid out the requirements in an Act of Parliament. 

For each profession there is a 'competent authority' that checks whether you meet the requirements.

How do I find out if my profession is regulated?

Check the European Commission's database to see whether your profession is regulated in the Netherlands. 

My profession is regulated, what do I do?

Click on the name of the profession in the European database. This will show you all the information on the competent authority that checks the requirements for this profession. Contact this organisation to ask what you need to do to be able to practise this profession here. 

My profession is not regulated, what do I do?

You are free to practise the profession in Holland. If you would like to provide a potential employer with information on your foreign diploma, you can check the information in our overview of foreign education systems.

You can also apply for a credential evaluation through our partner: www.idw.nl/en. Please note that this is not a free service.

last modified May 31, 2018 02:10 PM