Certificate of competence
Procedure for applying for a certificate of competence. Check the Advice application first to see if this procedure applies to your situation. Everyone who is in this procedure needs to undergo an assessment. All professions take a general knowledge and skills test. Doctors, dentists and nurses are required to also take a test of professional knowledge.
Send your application
- Fill in the form that applies to your profession and the appendix that applies to your profession (in Dutch). If you want your specialty to be recognised, indicate this on the application form;
- Print out the form and sign section 5;
- Add the required documents (see section 6 of the application form). It is important that you fill out all the required documents and send them to us. Otherwise we cannot handle your application;
- Send the application form and the required documents by post to:
2500BC, Den Haag
Within 2 weeks you will receive a confirmation of your application. We will notify you when your application is incomplete.
Everyone who is in this procedure needs to take a general knowledge and skills test (AKV). The most important part of the AKV is the Dutch language. You have to pass the AKV test to continue with the procedure for a certificate of competence.
Doctors, dentists and nurses are required to also take a test of professional knowledge (‘Beroepsinhoudelijke test’ or BI).
The CBGV will evaluate the results of the AKV and BI tests. The committee will invite you to discuss their advice and further steps.
When we have received the advice of the CBGV we will inform you about our intended decision. You have 2 weeks to respond to this decision. After that you will receive the final decision.
You have received a certificate of competence
Once you have your certificate of competence you can start the BIG registration procedure. This only applies to dentists, doctors, health psychologists, midwives, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistant, physiotherapists, psychotherapists and remedial educationalists.
For other professions, recognition of your qualification means that you are allowed to use your professional title and practise your profession independently in the Netherlands.
You did not receive a certificate of competence
If you did not receive a certificate of competence, you have to undertake additional training. When you succeed in this you will receive a certificate of competence.
Do you have any questions about the decision and what you should do regarding it? Please contact the BIG information line. Always state the reference that is listed on the decision.
12 weeks after the professional knowledge test (BI), or 14 weeks after the AKV test, we will give you a provisional decision.
Applying for a certificate of competence is free. You do need to pay for the tests.
Good to know
Wait with your application for a certificate of competence until you have sufficient command of the Dutch language.
If during the procedure you receive new information, for example about your work experience, please send us the required documents.
Also, make sure you know which demands The Netherlands places on healthcare professionals. It may be the case that your application is not or not yet approved. For example, because you need to undergo adaptation training or take an aptitude test. This can vary between professions and persons. Additional training may sometimes take years and means extra costs.