Assessment of previous education
Recognition of your qualifications/education can improve your status on the labour market, increase your employment prospects and lead to higher wages.
In order to enable your qualifications to be assessed, you need to provide satisfactory documentation certifying your studies, including copies of examination certificates, together with translations by certified translators. Translations may be in English or a Nordic language.
Submitted documentation need to include the following:
- Subjects studied and the length of study in years, months and weeks.
- Vocational training, if part of studies.
- The rights conferred by the qualifications in your home country.
Getting prior education recognised
Recognition of skills and qualifications is key to support mobility and learning as well as career opportunities for all across the EU. Europass is for anyone who wants to document their studies or experience within 32 European countries.
ENIC/NARIC Iceland carries out assessments of overseas qualifications and studies. They provide individuals, universities, employees, professional organisations and other stakeholders with information on qualifications, education systems and assessment processes.
The assessment consists in determining the status of the qualification in question in the country in which it was awarded and working out which qualification in the Icelandic education system it may be compared to. The services of ENIC/NARIC Iceland are free of charge.
Further information may be found on the ENIC/NARIC Iceland website.
Foreign nationals moving to Iceland and intending to work in the sector for which they have trained must ensure that their overseas occupational qualifications are valid in Iceland.
Those with qualifications from Nordic or EEA countries usually have professional qualifications which are valid in Iceland, but they may need to obtain a specific work authorisation.
Those educated in non-EEA countries will almost always need to have their qualifications assessed in Iceland. Recognition applies only to professions accredited (approved) by the Icelandic authorities.
If your education does not cover an accredited profession, it is then up to the employer to decide whether or not it meets their recruitment criteria. Where applications for qualification assessment should be sent depends, for example, on whether the applicant comes from an EEA or non-EEA country.