The recognition of foreign professional qualifications is regulated by the Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications Act (Všlisriigi kutsekvalifikatsiooni tunnustamise seadus )
Recognition of Foreign Professional Qualifications Act (translation)
The recognition of foreign professional qualifications is necessary when a person has acquired education abroad and wishes to work as a teacher in Estonia.
In order to apply for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, the applicant shall submit an application in a written format, in a format that can be reproduced in writing or in an electronic format, pay the state fee of 500.00 EEK to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance (account no. 10220034796011 in SEB Bank or account no. 221023778606 in Swedbank), quoting reference no. 2900073562, and submit the following documents:
- a copy of the receipt proving the payment of the state fee;
- a document attesting foreign professional qualifications (diploma, certificate, an attestation of competence) or its authenticated copy;
- identity document of the applicant or an extract of the page with personal data of the identity document;
- if necessary, additional documents (a certificate of work experience, marriage certificate in case of a change of the name, translations of documents in a foreign language, etc.).
The decision whether the foreign qualifications of the applicant conform to the requirements of the profession in Estonia shall be made within two months from the submission of the application and all required documents.