Why credential evaluation?
Credential evaluation shows whether your foreign qualification meets the education and training requirements of your future employer. It also gives employers an impression of your knowledge and skills.
Do I need credential evaluation?
Does your qualification meet the education and training requirements for the job you want in the Netherlands?
- No: apply for credential evaluation
- Yes: you only need to get credential evaluation if your employer asks you for it
In the Netherlands, certain professions are regulated (protected) by law. Credential evaluation does not automatically entitle you to practise one of these professions. You must first apply for professional recognition by a Dutch professional association.
Apply for credential evaluation
Also check IDW.nl to find out:
I receive a benefit from the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV)
If you are registered as a jobseeker with the Employee Insurance Agency and receive any of the benefits listed below, you need a positive recommendation from your UWV contact person:
- Sickness benefit (ZW)
- Invalidity benefit (WAO)
- Incapacity benefit for self-employed persons (WAZ)
- Work capacity benefit (WIA)
- Incapacity benefit for young disabled persons (WAJONG)
Send a copy of the UWV recommendation with your application for credential evaluation. The UWV will pay for your credential evaluation.
A diploma can only be evaluated if you obtained it:
- in mainstream education at an institution that is accredited and recognised by the government of that country
- after completing more than 1,000 hours (one school year) of education and/or training
If your diploma is not in Dutch, English, German or French, you need to get it translated by a sworn translator. The Register of Sworn Interpreters and Translators (information in Dutch) has a list of all the sworn translators in the Netherlands.
How long will it take?
After the IDW has received all your documents and you have paid the fee (if applicable), the process can begin. A regular credential evaluation takes up to 4 months.
Lost your credential evaluation?
Have you already received a credential evaluation, but have you lost it? Choose your situation to see what you can do.
Did you receive your credential evaluation digitally less than 3 years ago? Download the credential evaluation via your Mijn IDW account. A digital credential evaluation remains available for download for 3 years.
Your credential evaluation is no longer available. Submit a new application for a credential evaluation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.