Overview of evidence
On this page you will find an overview of the documents (evidence) which you need to apply for automatic recognition with direct enrolment with BIG registration. You can also read here in which situations you have to provide additional documents and when translation of the documents is necessary and what requirements this translation must meet.
Which documents does everyone have to submit?
Every applicant must submit the following documents:
- An authenticated original qualification or an authenticated copy of the qualification
An authenticated copy is a paper copy of your qualification with an ink stamp and a signature or initials of your training institution, or of a civil-law notary from an EEA member state. Most training institutions issue one or more authenticated copies along with the original qualification. It may take some time to apply for a (new) authenticated copy of your qualification.
Please note: an apostille does not replace a certified copy. An apostille only proves that the signature on the document is genuine, but says nothing about the content of the document. For that reason an apostille is not accepted.
- An authenticated ('syllabus of curriculum')
This is a clear and complete overview of the content of the vocational course you have attended. The syllabus of curriculum must fulfil the following requirements:
- the programme must state your name so that it is clear that you attended it.
- a reference must be made to the language used during the course.
- A copy of a valid identity document
A copy of your passport, your ID card or residence permit does not have to be authenticated. However, all the details must be visible on the document.A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A curriculum vitae (CV)
This is an overview of your education and work experience. The CV must contain details of all your work experience and education up to the time of this application. It is also important that you indicate the start and end dates of each course and period of work experience. In the case of your current work experience or courses you are currently following, you should enter today's date as the end date. You must be truthful when drawing up your CV.
- Proof of language proficiency
If you have attended a vocational course in a language other than Dutch, or if you have attended a vocational course in Dutch, but this is not evident in your qualification, you will need a proof of language proficiency.
- Certificate(s) of Current Professional Status (CCPS)
This is proof that no foreign restrictions of authority are applicable. You must submit a CCPS from the country in which you obtained your qualification and from the countries in which you attended additional work placements or medical internships, or worked in your profession, for longer than three months after you had obtained your qualification. You must submit a separate CCPS for each country. A CCPS must not be older than three months and must be an original, or an authenticated copy.
On the 'lijst met bevoegde autoriteiten' (the list of competent authorities) you will find the foreign organisations known to us from which you can obtain a CCPS or relevant information.
- Certificate(s) of Good Conduct (CGC)
This is proof which shows that you do not have any criminal convictions in the country in which you obtained your qualification and in all countries in which you attended additional work placements or medical internships, or worked in your profession, for longer than three months after you had obtained your qualification. You must submit a separate certificate for each country. The certificate must not be older than three months and must be an original, or an authenticated copy.
On the 'lijst met bevoegde autoriteiten' (list of competent authorities) you will find the foreign organisations known to us from which you can obtain relevant information.
Additional documents that may be required
An additional authenticated certificate is required in some situations. You should check carefully whether any of the following is applicable to you:
Your qualification is included on the list but is accompanied by an additional note
The list of 'aangewezen diploma's' (designated qualifications) includes a note in the final column relating to your country, profession and qualification title stating that a 'Certificate accompanying the qualifications' must be included with the qualification. You must therefore submit this certificate or an authenticated copy with the application.
Your qualification title has a different name to the name shown on the list of designated qualifications, but this nevertheless relates to the same course
In this situation you must submit an additional certificate (‘certificate of conformity’). This situation arises when, for example, the name of a course is changed. You can obtain this declaration from the competent authority in your professional field in the country in which you obtained your qualification. The declaration must show:
that your course fulfils the minimum EU course requirements and
- that your course title can be equated with a course title referred to in the 'lijst aangewezen diploma’s' (list of designated qualifications).
Your qualification is from before the reference date on the list
On the 'lijst aangewezen diploma’s' (list of designated qualifications) you will find a reference date for each profession in the final column. If your qualification title is not on the list, but other qualification titles for your profession are, it may be that you obtained your qualification before the reference date. If your qualification is from before this date and you are a doctor, nurse, dentist, midwife or pharmacist, you may still be eligible for automatic recognition with direct enrolment.
You must then submit a '3 out of 5 certificate' from each EEA country in which you have worked in your profession. In the '3 out of 5 certificate' the competent authority states that, during the five years prior to the certificate, you practised your profession legally for at least three successive years. This certificate will make you eligible for automatic recognition with direct enrolment with direct BIG registration.
You obtained your diploma more than 5 years ago
In this situation, you must also meet the five-yearly re-registration requirements with your application. This means that in addition to the supporting documents mentioned on this page, you must also provide documents that demonstrate your work experience in the past 5 years. Consider, for example, an employer's or client's statement with a job description. You can get advice about which supporting documents you can provide (in Dutch) to prove your work experience. If you do not meet the requirements of work experience, you may be able to register by obtaining a Periodic Registration Certificate (PRC) through a training program. Please contact us to determine if this is possible for you. Read more about qualifications obtained longer than five years ago.
Required translations of the documents
If your documents are written in a language other than Dutch or English, you must add both the document in the original language and an original translation. The translation must be done by a sworn translator. If you send a copy of the translation, you must have it certified by the authority that issued the document or a notary established in an EEA Member State.
Please note: the translator can not authenticate the translated original document. This can only be done by the institution that issued the document or by a notary from an EEA member state.
The evidence you submit will only be visible in your personal dossier and will not be shared with third parties.
Please note! Delete personal data relating to other people from your documents
The submitted documents (evidence) may not contain any personal data relating to other people. If your documents contain personal data on, for example, patients or colleagues, you are obliged by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to black this data out. It is not permissible to share personal data relating to third parties without permission. We are not allowed to use documents containing personal data relating to third parties for the assessment and they will be destroyed.