Recognition of Diplomas

If you have completed your vocational training abroad, your diploma needs to be recognised in Switzerland. You can find the competent Recognition Authority below.

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Get your diploma recognised

If you have completed your vocational training in another country, you can have the «value» of your diploma assessed in Switzerland. There are various Recognition Authorities for foreign qualifications and professions. Depending on whether your profession is regulated or not, the recognition procedure may vary:

  • If you wish to practise a regulated profession, a recognition (i.e. certificate of equivalence) is required. You can find a list of regulated professions on: www.sbfi.admin.ch.
  • If you wish to practise a non-regulated profession, recognition of the foreign diploma is not necessary. In this case, the diploma provides direct access to the labour market. However, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI recommends obtaining a statement of comparability. This kind of statement rates the foreign diploma in comparison with the Swiss educational system.

The Department of Education itself does not recognise diplomas or professional qualifications. Depending on your profession, you will need to apply to one of the following Recognition Authorities:

Recognition Authority for Foreign Diplomas and Professional Qualifications

Professions Addresses
VET schools and universities of applied sciences (without health-care professions) Sate Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) Hotline: +41 58 462 28 26
(Monday– Friday, 9.30–11.30)
Health-care professions (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists) Federal Office for Public Health
Health-care professions without university degree (nursing, patient care, physiotherapy etc.) Swiss Red Cross (in German)
Teaching professions and professions in education Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education EDK (in German)
Baccalaureate diplomas For university admission, please contact the university directly.
University degrees (in non-regulated professions) Swissuniversities

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