Preparing the application

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Before you start your application it is important to arrange a number of matters.

Make sure you start learning Dutch

For healthcare it is important that you have a good command of Dutch. Do not apply for BIG-registration until you have mastered the Dutch language at the correct level and can submit proof of Dutch language proficiency. On the page 'proof of Dutch language proficiency' you can read more about the required level, training providers and what counts as proof of language proficiency.

Make sure you have obtained the required documents

To apply for automatic recognition of your diploma with a BIG registration, each applicant must submit various documents (evidence). Depending on your situation, extra additional documents may be necessary. You should bear in mind that it can, for example, take a long time to obtain documents from abroad. In order to avoid your application being unnecessarily delayed, we recommend that you wait until you have all the documents before making your application. It will also speed up the processing of your application.

Make sure you have the right translations of the documents

If your documents have been drawn up in a language other than Dutch or English, you must submit the document in the original language and an original translation. The translation must have been made by a certified 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.

In possession of a European Professional Card?

Are you a pharmacist, physiotherapist or nurse and have you previously obtained a European Professional Card (EBK) via the Europa website? Then you can upload a digital copy or photo of your EBK with your registration application. You do not have to submit the documents that you previously submitted for obtaining the EBK (such as your diploma) to us again.

Continue the procedure using the step-by-step plan

On this page you have read about the preparations you need to apply for automatic recognition with BIG registration. Also view the following step(s) within the application procedure:

Or to the step-by-step plan 'Qualification older then 5 years'