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Assistance Centre for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications

The Assistance Centre for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, established by Directive 2005/36/EC, operates within the Department for European Policies. 

You can request assistance only using the information request form with all sections properly completed.

What the Assistance Centre does?

The Assistance Centre:

  • provides citizens and assistance centres of other Member States with useful information on the recognition of professional qualifications, for the purpose of establishment or temporary and occasional pursuit of the profession, and on the Italian legislation governing the professions and their practice;

    In particular, the assistance centre provides information on the following points:
    - the Authority to contact for recognition of a professional qualification in order to pursue the same profession on a permanent or on a temporary and occasional basis in another Member State;
    - information on the process to be followed for recognition of the qualification or pursuit of the profession on a temporary and occasional basis;
    - which professions are subject to prior checking of qualifications before the temporary and occasional pursuit of the profession;
    - how to apply for a European Professional Card and for which professions;
    - whether a profession is regulated in Italy or in another Member State;
    - which legislation applies to third country nationals.

  • informs citizens, cooperating with the assistance centre in the home State, with the competent authorities and with the Single Contact Point of any further requirements laid down in Italian legislation for pursuit of the profession following recognition of the professional qualification or for the temporary and occasional pursuit of the profession.

The Assistance Centre also provides information in English.

Diploma obtained abroad have no legal value in Italy. Therefore, if these qualifications are to be used in Italy in various settings (e.g. access to open competitions, enrolment on training courses, enrolment in employment centres, award of scholarships and other benefits), you must apply for recognition.

For information on the recognition  of diploma obtained in another State, please contact the Ministry of Education, or the Ministry of University and Research  for post-secondary education level.

For information on the recognition of diploma obtained in Italy in another State, please contact the ENIC\NARIC network.


How to ask the Centre for Assistance

You can request assistance only using the information request form with all sections properly completed. In the form, applicants must specify whether they intend to apply for recognition for the right of establishment permanently or to receive information to practise a professional activity on a temporary or occasional basis.

The request form must be sent by email only to the following address: 
centroassistenzaqualifiche@politicheeuropee.it

The assistance centre replies within 30 working days of receiving the form.

If there is a need for additional information or clarification on the content of the form or if the request is particularly complex and requires further investigation, the centre may extend the period and inform the applicant of the new deadline within 15 days of receiving the form.

The assistance centres for the recognition of the professional qualifications of other Member States are listed on the European Commission website.


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