Recognition of foreign vocational and professional qualifications

Service Information

This service compares your vocational or professional qualifications to UAE qualifications and the UAE education system.

It also confirms the authenticity of your qualification.

This service, provided by UK NARIC, is the first step towards obtaining official recognition certification of your vocational or professional qualifications in the UAE from the National Qualifications Authority (NQA).


Who is it for and how does it work?

This service is for people who want to evidence the validity and level of their vocational and professional qualifications gained outside the UAE.

UK NARIC’s evaluation report confirms how your qualification relates to the UAE education system by comparing it to a UAE qualification framework level (the QFEmirates).

You can apply for this service online. Applications are made by way of UK NARIC’s online portal.

Once the evaluation of your qualification is complete, you will be able to download the final report from your account in PDF format.

UK NARIC’s reports have digital signatures. This means that they cannot be tampered with or edited in any way.

To view these signatures, you must use Adobe Acrobat Reader. The signatures will not appear correctly in other programmes. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, please click here.

UK NARIC’s evaluation report is intended to be used as an online PDF only.

Once you have received your report from us, you will be able to apply for a Certificate of Recognition of a Foreign Vocational Qualification from the NQA. This paper certificate is issued subject to the NQA’s own service terms and conditions. For more information, please see here.


What are vocational or professional qualifications?

Vocational qualifications teach the knowledge and skills required for a specific area of work. They typically involve practical learning in simulated or real working environments. Examples of vocational qualifications include apprenticeships, certificates and diplomas that train skilled workers, craftsmen, technicians and higher technicians.

Professional qualifications also train people for specific roles, but involve more theoretical and/or academic elements. They are typically issued by bodies with a link to a specific profession, such as Chartered Institutes and Global Associations.

This service is not intended for academic qualifications, or those awarded by higher education institutions, such as Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral degrees.


Which documents are required?

To provide this service, UK NARIC needs:

  • A copy or scan of your final qualification certificate;
  • A copy or scan of your qualification transcripts (documents from affiliate colleges are accepted);
  • A copy or scan of translations of your documents, if they were not issued in one of these languages originally; and
  • A copy or scan of your Emirates ID, if you have one, or a copy or scan of your signed photo ID so we can verify that your qualification belongs to you.

Additional documents may be requested on a case-by-case basis. You will be notified if you need to submit additional documents to us.

As part of the application process, you will need to provide us with a scanned copy your Emirates ID, if you have one.

If you don’t have an Emirates ID, you will need to provide us with a scanned copy of your photo ID. This might be your national ID card or driver’s licence, for example, or your passport. It must include your photograph and signature.

During the application process, you will also have to complete a letter of authorisation for our primary source verification (PSV) of your qualification. This can be done digitally; no download is required. This letter permits us to perform the necessary checks of the validity of your qualification.


Document languages

If your qualification documents (final certificate and transcripts) were originally issued in one of the following languages, then you do not need to provide us with certified English translations:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish

If the language of your documents is not English, and is not one of those listed above, then you will need to provide us with certified English translations before we can proceed with your evaluation.


What is a ‘certified translation’?

If your documents are not in one of the languages listed in the ‘Document languages’ section, you will need to submit a photocopy or scan of a certified English translation of your documents as well as photocopies or scans of the originals.

A certified translation must be completed by a qualified translator. The translator must sign or stamp the translation and add a declaration to state that they have completed a true and accurate translation of the original document.


What is a ‘final certificate’?

The ‘final certificate’ is a document issued by your institution which confirms that you have completed your study and/or training.

It will often specify the course or programme title, and year of successful completion.

It is sometimes referred to as a ‘walled document’ and is often decorative in appearance.


What is a ‘transcript’?

A transcript is an official document which breaks down the subjects or modules that make up your qualification. It displays the scores/grades that you obtained during your period of study and/or training.


How much does this service cost?

UK NARIC’s service fees are 1000 AED. This amount is non-refundable.


How do I apply?

To apply, please click here.

The first step is to register with UK NARIC. You will then be able to complete your application using our online portal.


What is UK NARIC’s evaluation methodology?

When evaluating qualifications, UK NARIC considers the following criteria equally:

  • The national recognition status of the qualification and awarding institution in the country of study/training;
  • The level of the qualification in the context of its home education system at the time of completion;
  • Entry requirements;
  • Course/programme duration;
  • Course/programme structure, style and content;
  • Assessment methods;
  • Learning outcomes; and
  • Progression routes and rights.

In the case of older awards which have been retrospectively aligned to a certain qualification framework level in the country of origin, the qualification standing at the time of completion will be a key factor in the evaluation process.

The outcome of an evaluation is a comparison to a level and qualification in the United Arab Emirates, wherever relevant and possible, using the QFEmirates.