Proof of language proficiency

As a health care professional working in the Netherlands, it is important that you have sufficient command of the Dutch language. That way there will be no miscommunication between you and your patients or clients. Therefore, you need a proof of language proficiency.

What counts as proof of language proficiency?

  • An original diploma or a validated copy of the diploma from a Dutch occupational education;
  • Original diplomas or validated copies of diplomas from Dutch primary education and secondary education;
  • A certificate of competence; this is valid for 2 years;
  • A validated diploma or certificate (with stamp and signature) of the ‘Taaltoets Nederlands’; this is valid for 2 years.

The proof and the level of the ‘Taaltoets Nederlands’ vary per profession.

Nurses, physiotherapists and midwives

For registration in the BIG-register as a nurse you need: B1 of the Common European Qualifications Framework.

For registration in the BIG-register as a physiotherapist or midwife you need: a certificate certified by a recognised assessment body for Dutch language exams level B2 of the Common European Qualifications Framework.

Doctors, dentists, pharmacists, psychotherapists and health care psychologists

You need a certificate certified by the Babel institute for the Dutch language discipline (with specific command of medical interactive Dutch). The tests are held at least once a month. Check the Babel institute website for more information.