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What is a credential evaluation?

A credential evaluation is a written statement, which indicates the value of a foreign diploma or study programme in the Netherlands. It contains a comparison of a foreign diploma or study programme with the Dutch educational system. Sometimes, this is a specific comparison with a Dutch educational programme. Sometimes only a general comparison can be made because there are too many differences between the educational programmes.

Personal advice
A credential evaluation is a personal document and always issued for a specific diploma. There are no lists available with general comparisons of foreign diplomas with the Dutch educational system.

Working experience is not evaluated
At a credential evaluation, only the level of the educational programme is assessed. Working experience is not evaluated at a credential evaluation.

Why apply for a credential evaluation?
A credential evaluation indicates with which Dutch educational level a foreign diploma can be compared. This can help while searching for a job or an education at the appropriate level.

With a credential evaluation, a Dutch employer can assess whether an applicant is eligible for a job. An educational institute can better assess with which level a foreign diploma can be compared.

A credential evaluation is not
- A Dutch diploma
- a literal translation of a foreign diploma

Neither does a credential evaluation entail the right to admission to an educational programme or a particular job. A credential evalation can help, but the educational institute or employer decides this themselves.

No rights, claims or qualifications can be derived from a credential evaluation. The centres of expertise are not accountable for any damage, caused by third parties' decisions that are based on a credential evaluation.

Do you have any questions?
More information can be found at Frequently Asked Questions.