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Recognition of completed foreign education on pursuit of regulated profession in the Slovak Republic

When it comes to regulated professions, there are three regimes of qualification recognition:
 
1. Automatic system of recognition,
2. System of recognition based on acquired rights, and
3. General system of recognition
 
Automatic system of recognition is based on the principle of coordination of the minimum training conditions. The professions currently in this category are doctor of medicine, dental practitioner, pharmacist, nurse responsible for general care and midwife. In case of these professions, the EU member states agreed to coordinate the training process, which must fulfil the minimal standards for education, as determined by the Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications.  
 
The automatic system applies only to the recognition of qualifications of medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and midwives and only on the qualifications obtained in an EU member state, after its accession into the EU.
 
The list of professions with coordinated training and the titles of the required qualifications is presented in the Annex 2. of the Regulation of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic No. 16/2016 establishing professional organizations whose members perform a regulated profession with the right to hold a professional title and the regulated professions with training coordination.

System of recognition based on acquired rights is applied to the professions with coordinated training (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and midwives) in case the education was completed prior to the accession of the respective member state to the EU, or the circumstances of the educational path has changed since (e.g. the qualification title has changed or there is some other specific reason why the qualification is not listed in the Annex 2. of the 16/2016 Regulation).
 
General system of recognition of professional qualifications is applied to recognition of qualifications for regulated professions without coordinated training as well as to all qualifications, which were obtained in non-member states.
 
The general system of recognition of diplomas, certificates and other evidence of formal qualifications is based on the principle of comparability. It means that in the recognition process, the content and scope of the applicant’s education are compared to the content and scope (level, length) of education which is required for the respective profession in the Slovak Republic. This comparison is the basis for the decision if the qualification obtained abroad is equivalent or not equivalent to the qualification required for the same profession in the Slovak Republic.
 
Recognition of qualifications of the healthcare professionals acquired in non-member states undergoes a specific two-step process.
 
In the first step, the holder of the qualification applies to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for validation of his or her diploma. The Ministry verifies if the qualification was obtained at an state-accredited education institution and if the training fulfils the formal requirements specified by the Regulation of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 296/2010 Coll. on professional aptitude for the practice of medicine, further training of health professionals, the system of specialized fields and the system of certified work activities.
 
If the validation is successful, the applicant is then required to pass a supplementary exam to verify his or her declared skills. The exam is taken at a recognized secondary school or higher education institution offering the study program which leads to the qualification required for the same profession in the Slovak Republic.

After the validation of the diploma and the successful passing of the supplementary exam the professional qualification is recognized automatically. The evidence of the successful passing of the supplementary exam is added to the application for the recognition of the professional qualification as one of the required documents.

Knowledge of the official language

The applicant for recognition of professional qualification shall have the knowledge of the official language necessary for the practice of the respective regulated profession.

In case of healthcare professionals, knowledge of the official language of the Slovak Republic required in order to perform the respective regulated profession is always verified by an exam.
 
In other regulated professions, the language exam is conducted only if there are legitimate concerns about the sufficiency of the applicant’s official language skills required for the performance of the respective regulated profession.
 
The applicant is not required to demonstrate his or her language skills in case he or she had already successfully passed the leaving exam (maturitná skúška) or a state language exam in the subject of the official language in the past.

For healthcare professions, the organization responsible for the official language exam is the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic.
 
The process of validation of educational document and recognition of professional qualification

The process is initiated on the date of the responsible institution’s receipt of the application.

Application for the recognition of diploma and professional qualification in pursuit of regulated profession in the Slovak Republic (healthcare professionals, teachers and other pedagogic professionals, university teachers and professors, sport professionals)

Application for the recognition of diploma in pursuit of regulated profession in the Slovak Republic (other regulated professions)

The application must include:
  • first name and surname of the applicant,
  • permanent address or the address of similar stay of the applicant,
  • the exact title of the regulated profession in question,
  • signature of the applicant.
List of regulated professions 

Mandatory documentation submitted together with an application includes:
  • copy of identification document (regular copy),
  • certified copy of the educational documentation (certified by a notary or by a Registry Office),
  • copy of the transcript of completed courses and exams, if required (a certified copy by a notary or by a Registry Office),
  • information or a copy of evidence about any past education completed prior to the education which should be recognized (regular copy),
  • proof of payment. 

    The administrative fee for recognition of diploma and professional qualification in pursuit of regulated profession in case the same body decides about the recognition of diploma and the recognition of professional qualification is 100 EUR

    The administrative feefor the recognition of diploma in pursuit of regulated profession is 50 EUR
Applications from non-member states must also include:
  • authentication of the signatures and seals included on the original educational documentation by a competent body in the state of origin, unless an international contract states otherwise (apostille, superlegalisation),
  • copy of a document confirming the accreditation of the educational institution and the study programme issued by a competent authority of the state of origin,
  • detailed description of the courses (including their syllabi).
 After submitting a complete application, the decision on recognition shall be issued within:
  • 3 months – recognition of a professional qualification for
    • pedagogical professions,
    • sport professions,
    • healthcare professions;
       
  • 2 months – recognition of diploma for other regulated professions (professional qualification is recognized by another competent body).
Mandatory part of the application is legal translation of submitted documents, except for documents in Czech language. In order to decrease the financial costs of applicants we accept their own translation of documents issued in the following languages​​: English, German, French, Russian and Hungarian. In case of doubt concerning the translation CRD is entitled to request legal translation.

Please note: Submitted documents will not be returned!
 
Administrative fee payment options:
  • via Receipt of Payment of Administrative / Judicial Fee (e-Revenue Stamp or e-Kolok), which can be purchased at selected offices of Slovenská pošta, a.s. (Slovak Post) at the required value
  • via e-Revenue Stamp Mobile Application which is available at GooglePlay / APP Store
  • via e-Revenue Stamp Web Application, also called Virtual Kiosk, which is available at https://m.ekolky.gov.sk
Delivery of the application with documents:
1) by regular mail to the address:

Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Centre for Recognition of Diplomas
Stromová 1
813 30 Bratislava

2) in person to the filing room (address: Stromová 1, 813 30 Bratislava) during its office hours.

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Wednesday 9:00 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 14:00
Thursday 9:00 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 14:00

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