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Northern Ireland

If you are self-employed, a business or an employee who relies on qualifications obtained elsewhere in the EU to work or practise in the UK which have not already been recognised in the UK, then you consider seeking recognition of your qualifications before the end of the year. Registration applications and queries should be addressed to the relevant professional or qualification body or regulator. 

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If you hold UK professional qualifications or other qualifications obtained in the UK and plan to practise a regulated profession or activity in Ireland or another EU state, you should consider seeking recognition of your qualification in Ireland or that other EU state before 1 January 2021. 

The UK has published extensive guidance on living in, providing services and travelling for business to various EU and EEA countries after 2021. The guidance for the relevant country can be searched by entering the name of the country concerned  here. 

The Irish Government indicates that: 

“Qualifications obtained in the UK will continue to be recognised in Ireland during the transition period (from 1 February to 31 December 2020). After the transition period ends, there may be implications for people working in ireland who obtained professional qualifications in the UK, or who seek to have a UK qualification recognised in Ireland. If you have already had these qualifications recognised by the relevant regulator, there will be no change and you can continue to practise in Ireland or elsewhere in the EU.” 

For guidance on getting foreign qualifications recognised in Ireland, follow the below links:

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The European Commission has also published guidance on the recognition of qualifications of regulated professionals  here

NARIC, the UK’s agency for recognising international qualifications and skills provides extensive information on the recognition of qualifications in the United Kingdom. To visit their website, click  here.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the Irish qualifications authority has published helpful information on the recognition of qualifications in the UK and Ireland after 1 January 2021. To view this guidance, click  here.

Ireland

If you are self-employed, a business or an employee who relies on qualifications obtained in the UK to work or practise in Ireland which have not already been recognised in Ireland, then you should consider seeking recognition of the qualifications before the end of the year. Registration applications and queries should be addressed to the relevant professional or qualification body or regulator.

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If you hold professional qualifications or other qualifications obtained in Ireland and plan to practise a regulated profession or activity in the UK you should consider seeking recognition in the UK before 1 January 2021. 

The UK Government has stated in its  guidance on the recognition of qualifications obtained in the EU and EEA, that those qualifications which have been officially recognised by the relevant regulatory by 1 January 2021 will remain valid and that applications made before that date “will be completed under the existing rules were possible”. 

Quality and Qualifications Ireland has published helpful  information  on the recognition of qualifications in both the UK and Ireland after 1 January 2021. 

NARIC, the UK’s agency for recognising international qualifications and skills provides extensive  information on the recognition of qualifications in the United Kingdom.