Level of diplomas
In the table below you can find the level of Irish diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.
Working in the Netherlands
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Studying in the Netherlands
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|Leaving Certificate - Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme||4||3||an diploma level 2 or 3||2 or 3||2 or 3|
|5||4||a HAVO diploma||4||4|
|5||4||a VWO diploma||4+||4|
|Level 5 Certificate||5||4||an MBO diploma level 4||4||4|
|Level 6 Advanced Certificate||6||4||1 year of||5||5|
|Higher Certificate||6||5||2 years of HBO or 1 year of||5||5|
|Ordinary bachelor’s degree||7||6||
3 years of HBO or 2 years of WO
|Honours bachelor’s degree||8||6||an HBO bachelor's degree or a WO bachelor's degree||6||6|
|Master’s degree||9||7||an HBO master's degree or a WO master's degree||7||7|
|Master of Philosophy||9||7||a WO master's degree||7||7|
- You can find information about the Dutch diplomas on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
- You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
- The SBB evaluates foreign diplomas and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if the SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.
Preparatory vocational secondary education – theoretical programme (voorbereidend middelbaar beroepsonderwijs - theoretische leerweg, VMBO-T). A VMBO-T diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a 4-year programme of vocational secondary education (theoretical programme).
Secondary vocational education (middelbaar beroepsonderwijs, MBO). MBO prepares pupils for the professional practice or further study. This type of education follows on from VMBO; its duration will depend on the chosen qualification. MBO comprises 4 levels (I-IV). Read more on the website of SBB.
Senior general secondary education (hoger algemeen voortgezet onderwijs, HAVO). A HAVO diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a 5-year programme of general secondary education.
Pre-university education (voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs, VWO). A VWO diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a 6-year programme of pre-university education. VWO is the highest level of general secondary education available in the Netherlands.
Higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). HBO is more oriented towards professions in specific areas than WO, and has traditionally been offered at universities of applied sciences (hogescholen).
Research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO). Dutch higher education distinguishes between research-oriented higher education (wetenschappelijk onderwijs, WO) and higher professional education (hoger beroepsonderwijs, HBO). WO is oriented more towards theory and research than HBO, and has traditionally been offered at research universities (universiteiten).