Recognition in Slovenia of qualifications acquired abroad

Individuals and businesses in Slovenia need to be aware of the three different systems for the recognition of professional qualifications, and the three types of application in accordance with the systems:

1. Automatic recognition of formal qualifications based on harmonised minimum terms of qualification

There are seven vocations that are automatically recognised as valid qualifications because they are based on the harmonised minimum terms of qualifications: doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, pharmacists, midwives and architects.
Each Member Country automatically recognises the formal qualification certificates for the above-mentioned professions which fulfil the minimum conditions for qualification, and does not verify the qualifications of these professionals. If professionals do not meet the minimum conditions, their professional qualifications cannot be recognised in Slovenia according to the general system.

The application of the recognition of professional qualifications of ‘sectoral vocations’ 

2. Recognition of professional practice

The automatic recognition of professional practice applies to vocations in the fields of crafts, industry and trade. Member Countries recognise these professions  based on the number of years the profession has been practised for. If practitioners do not meet the conditions for the automatic recognition of professional qualifications, individuals’ professional qualifications can be recognised by the general system.

The application for the recognition of ‘professional practice’ (for performing activities included in the list of regulated vocations or regulated professional activities in the Republic of Slovenia)

3. Recognition according to the general list

The recognition of qualifications acquired abroad in Slovenia according to the general system means the practitioner must show their certificates of qualification or verify the qualification level by showing  the duration and level of training. The relevant authority compares the training with training on the national level to see if there are any substantial differences. Substantial differences are defined as very important differences applying to fields that are  important for the performance of a vocation. If the relevant authority establishes substantial differences between an immigrant's training and national training, the authority must enable the immigrant to eliminate the differences with additional action, i.e. a test of knowledge or an adjustment period that does not exceed three years.

Application for the recognition of professional qualifications according to the ‘general system’

The application must also include:
•    evidence of nationality,
•    diploma, certificate or other evidence of education, as well as certificates of professional competence and experience,
•    evidence of other qualifications,
•    other evidence if necessary.

The procedure allows the relevant authority to request the opinion of the relevant organisation; otherwise, the relevant authority can issue a decision without such an opinion. The issue of the decision is not bound by the opinion.

The relevant authority in the procedure compares the written documentation of the individual's professional qualifications with the professional qualifications demanded by the Slovenian regulations in the field of the regulated profession or activity. If, based on this comparison, the competent authority assesses that the professional qualifications do not  apply, the authority issues a temporary decision requesting that the applicant carries out one of the additional actions needed to recognise the professional qualifications with regard to the circumstances of the case. This  can be:

•    test of professional qualification, or
•    adjustment period, during which the applicant meets the full conditions for the recognition of their professional qualification.

The competent authority issues a decision on the recognition of professional qualifications for the practise of an individual regulated profession or activity in Slovenia:

•    if the authority assesses that the professional qualifications are equivalent to professional qualifications demanded by the Slovenian regulations in the field of an individual regulated profession or activity;
•    upon submitting evidence on a successfully performed adjustment period or professional qualification test.

The decision on the recognition of professional qualifications enables the applicant to perform the profession in Slovenia for which they are qualified in the EU, EEA Member Country and Swiss Confederation, i.e. under the same conditions that apply to Slovenian citizens. It is important that activities within the scope of a profession are comparable. More+