The following 12 professions can register in the BIG-register: clinical technologist, dentist, doctor, health psychologist, midwife, nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist, physician assistant, psychotherapist, registered dental hygienist (temporary BIG registration) and remedial educationalist.

Last updated on the 2nd of May 2022


If you work in one of the 12 professions mentioned above, you can register in the BIG-register.

Learn more about the conditions and the procedure.

Foreign diploma

When you have an international qualification there are extra conditions for registration. Often, you first have to have your qualifications acknowledged. It is also important that you have sufficient command of the Dutch language.

Go to the international registration route.

Other professions

Not all professions can be registered register in the BIG-register. Sometimes it is possible to register voluntarily with your professional association.

Read more on the page Other professions.


To be eligible for registration in the BIG register you must meet all requirements, which also includes a proof of language proficiency. When you are not going to work in the Netherlands you do not need the BIG-registration. If you need a proof that you have obtained your professional education in the Netherlands, we can provide you with a specific official statement. This statement is called a Certificate of non-registration. It states the level of your obtained diploma in the Netherlands and that you are not listed in the BIG-register and that you have never been entered in this register.

Diploma BES islands

If you are a nurse and you have obtained a diploma from FM Academy, you can apply for registration in the same way as Dutch graduates. If you have obtained another diploma on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, this counts as a foreign diploma. Additional conditions apply for this.

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