Legalising foreign qualifications

Do you have a foreign educational qualification, and do you want to know what its Dutch equivalent is? Or do you want to work or study in the Netherlands after obtaining a foreign qualification? Employers and educational institutions often ask about the level of foreign qualifications.

Two bodies evaluate various types of foreign qualification:

  • the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) evaluates qualifications for theoretically-based junior vocational education, general and pre-university secondary education, and higher education;
  • the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (SBB) evaluates apprenticeships and senior vocational qualifications.

Certain fees apply for these services.