Regulated professions within the EU

The following documents are proof that you meet the Dutch requirements of your profession. They will make it easier to have your profession recognised in your destination country.

You are planning to work in an EU country or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and your profession is regulated in that country. In some cases you can use one of the following documents.

European Professional Card

The European Professional card is an electronic procedure to get your profession recognised in another EU country. You can apply for a European Professional Card if you want to practice one of the following professions:

  • pharmacist
  • physiotherapist
  • real estate agent
  • nurse
  • mountain guide

You can find more information about the costs and application procedure on the website for 'Your Europe'.

Working in education or healthcare

Are you working as a teacher in the Netherlands? Then you can ask DUO for a declaration that you are allowed to teach certain subjects here, a Verklaring van onderwijsbevoegdheid (in Dutch).

Are you registered with the BIG-register of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport? Then you can apply for a Certificate of Current Professional Status (in Dutch).

Vocational education diploma

Are you working in a regulated profession with a vocational education (mbo) diploma? Then you need to contact the Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market, S-BB.

AC declaration

Are you working in a different regulated profession and are you planning to go to another EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland? Then apply for a free AC declaration. It states that your profession is regulated in the Netherlands.

It only applies to professions in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and is issued in English. If your profession is regulated in said countries but not in the Netherlands, you can still request an AC declaration.

Example of an AC declaration‌ (146.9 kB)

Please note: An AC declaration is not a description of your diploma. Neither is it a permit to perform a regulated profession abroad

Apply for an AC decalaration

Do you have a VET qualification?

Apply for an AC-declaration at S-BB

Do you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree?

Apply for an AC declaration

Or download and complete the application form in Word and send it by post:

Application form AC declaration‌ (72.0 kB)

Exceptions

An AC declaration can be provided for all regulated professions, with the exception of the following:

Certificate of conduct

In some cases you may need a certificate of conduct (in Dutch: Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG). You can find more information on how to apply for this certificate on the website of the Dutch government.

Support for problems with recognition in EU

Are you having difficulties with the recognition of your profession within the EU? Then you can contact SOLVIT, the EU complaints desk.

Croats no longer require a work permit

5 July 2018
As of 1 July 2018, Croats will have the same rights as all other EU citizens to work in the Netherlands for regular jobs, work placements and jobs on the side.

Automatic recognition: a necessity

20 February 2018
By 2020, all countries within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) will be required to automatically recognize each other's bachelor's and master's degrees.