Recognition of foreign qualifications

NARIC Ireland offers advice on the recognition of foreign academic qualifications in Ireland

NARIC's searchable Foreign Qualifications Database with over 1600 qualifications from more than 160 countries allows you to download a comparability statement that compares your academic qualification to an Irish qualification of a similar major award type and level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), where possible.

If your qualification is not listed in the database you can apply for advice on the general academic recognition of your qualification here.  

You should note that:

  • a comparability statement only provides advice and is not a legal document
  • your qualification should be awarded by a nationally recognised awarding body in your country of origin
  • decisions on recognising your qualification for employment, training or educational purposes will be made by the individual employer or education and training admissions staff

Guides to using the database are available below.

NARIC Ireland provides advice on the academic recognition of a foreign qualification by comparing it, where possible, to a major award type and level on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Decisions on professional recognition are made by the appropriate Irish authority for your profession. We do not comment on professional awards, regulated professions, licences to practice or agreements made between different sectors of industry from one or more countries.

General information on regulated professions and professional recognition in Ireland.

NARIC Ireland is a member of ENIC-NARIC, the European Network of Information Centres-National Academic Recognition Information Centres. This network offers advice on the recognition of qualifications across Europe by providing information on education, training, and qualifications systems within individual countries. It uses the Lisbon Recognition Convention to ensure qualifications obtained in one country are recognised in all the others.

If you would like to have your Irish qualification recognised abroad, we recommend the following resources:

  • For higher education and training qualifications - ENIC-NARIC.
  • For further education and training qualifications - refer to the National Reference Point for the country in question. 

NARIC Ireland is involved in national and international projects aimed at developing and promoting best practice in the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Through Erasmus+, we are currently participating in the following projects with partners from other ENIC-NARIC centres: 

  • FraudS+: The False Records, Altered Diploma and Diploma Mills Qualifications Collection aims to establish a database of anonymised, confirmed falsified qualifications and qualifications issued by diploma mills. This project is led by CIMEA (Italy) along with the other ENIC-NARIC centres of France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.  For more information on this project, click here.
  • The Aiding Digitising of the Diploma Supplement Usage and Promotion  (or ADDS UP) project will identify and take stock of current practices regarding the diploma supplement in each partner country, allow for the sharing of best practices and a peer review process. This will be followed by development of an online training module to facilitate digitalisation of the diploma supplement process by higher education institutions. UK ENIC, Europass Finland, Europass Ireland and NCHFE Malta are partners in this project, which is closely linked to the Europass Digital Credentials Infrastructure.
  • I-AR: The Automatic Recognition across the EU and EHEA project aims to implement fair automatic recognition and improve information provision between the ENIC-NARIC network and higher education institutions to promote a common understanding of automatic recognition. This project is led by Nuffic (Dutch NARIC) along with the ENIC-NARIC centres for Ukraine, Flanders, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Austria, Italy, France and Estonia. NARIC Ireland is part of the sub team. For more information on this project, click here.
  • The Stacking Credits and the Future of the Qualification  (STACQ) project aspires to support learning mobility based on new forms of learning in the EU and EHEA. STACQ will support educational institutions in their evaluation of online and non-formal learning in their recognition evaluations. Recognition of such courses is new to both ENIC-NARIC centres and higher education institutions. This project is led by Nuffic (Dutch NARIC) along with the ENIC-NARIC centres for Malta, Lithuania, Sweden and UK NARIC with support from the European Association of Distance Teaching Universitiess (EADTU), and the European Consortium for Accreditation (ECA). For more information on this project click here

People with refugee status or who have subsidiary protection, have the right to seek and enter employment, to carry on business, trade or professions, and to access education and training as a citizen. 

NARIC Ireland services support the fair recognition of qualifications from home in line with the Lisbon Recognition Convention)

Our supplementary ‘Rough guides’ further support the work of recruiters, guidance personnel, information officers, employers, education and training providers, schools, Institutions, competent authorities and credential evaluators who meet with refugees and their families.

The Rough Guides put our current information on qualifications and the education and training system from each country together into a single document to support recognition decisions. Recognition decisions are not made by NARIC Ireland.  

Our learning is gratefully drawn from many authoritative sources that are part of the recognition policy, ENIC-NARIC and Credential Evaluator community globally.

Credential Evaluators nationally will find the ENIC NARIC Manual helpful.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees (EQPR) developed by the Council of Europe. QQI is a recent signatory of this important initiative with support from colleagues in UCD, UL, MTU (Cork) and the RPL in HE project.

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