Did you study abroad and do you now want to work in the Netherlands? A credential evaluation shows which level in the Dutch educational system is comparable to your diploma. This information will help you look for a job.
A credential evaluation is only an advice and usually not mandatory, but an employer may ask for it. An employer or other organisation can also apply for the credential evaluation on your behalf. An employer or organisation who wishes to apply for a credential evaluation on your behalf must ask your permission.
A credential evaluation can help you find a job or continue your education in the Netherlands. A credential evaluation is an advice; you cannot derive any legal rights from this document.
Before applying for a credential evaluation, check whether your profession is regulated (protected) in the Netherlands. You can find out by checking the database of the European Commission.
Is your profession on the list? Then first contact the competent authority associated with that profession. They will tell you about the procedure you have to follow.
Is your profession missing from the list? Then yours is not a protected profession and you can apply for a credential evaluation directly.
Mandatory credential evaluation
You are required to obtain a credential evaluation in order to be eligible for one of the following legal arrangements: