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Recognition of Foreign Qualifications

Foreign Qualifications

As an open economy, Ireland welcomes people from all over the world to work and study.

Many people have qualifications obtained outside this country that may need recognised here for work or learning purposes.

If you hold a foreign qualification, we can facilitate its recognition in Ireland.

Please note, if you have a professional qualification from outside Ireland, you must contact the relevant authority to practise hereMore information can be found here. A list of regulated professions with their contact details can be found here.

Comparability Statement

We issue Comparability Statements for a number of qualifications from various countries which are available to download from the Naric section of QSearch.

These statements are a formal advisory on the recognition of your qualification in Ireland.

If your award is made by a recognised awarding body, the statement will include advice on the general academic recognition of the award in Ireland by comparing it to a major award-type and level on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications), where possible.

​If your qualification is not included in the Naric section of QSearch, you can apply for advice on the general academic recognition of your qualification using this form. Please view this leaflet for more details.

Once a completed application is received, you are issued with a reference number by email.

It takes approximately twelve weeks for an assessment to be completed, although where possible, statements may be issued sooner. Once a decision has been reached, a comparability statement is issued to you by email.

How to Apply

Before making an application please read the following carefully:

Please type your details into the application form in the spaces provided.

When submitting an application, it must include the documentation outlined in Section 1. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and an advisory email will be sent to you.

Send the completed application form and relevant documents to the email address indicated.

Please note that Qualifications Recognition does not operate a public office or a call-in service. However, if you are having difficulty completing the application form, click here for additional guidance.

For Guidance

Recognition advice provided by QQI does not represent right of access to employment, a regulated profession or education and training.

The information provided may assist an employer, professional recognition body or education and training provider determine if you hold an appropriate qualification for employment/programme entry.

Recognition decisions for the purposes of accessing further education and/or employment are made by education institutions, professional recognition bodies and employers.