This page outlines the regulated professions in the UK; these are legally recognised
occupations that involves specialist application of knowledge.
A regulated profession is one where access to or practice of a profession is restricted
by national law to those holding specific qualifications. Each Member State determines
its own national system of education and training, and identifies its own Regulated
Profession and the specific pathways to pursuing the Regulated Professions.
If your profession is not on this list, there may be a protected title for your
profession that you might be interested in applying for. These titles are regulated
under UK law and the competent authorities accept applications for recognition from
EU qualified professionals. Please check the
list of protected
If your profession is not on either list please click
The Certificate of Experience is a document which covers the regulation of craft/trade
professions in Member States, it provides details of an individual's work experience
and qualifications gained in a particular occupation in the UK. It verifies that
the individual has satisfied the criteria laid out in chapter 2 of the European Directive 2005/36/EC. Once issued,
the Certificate of Experience will assist the individual in obtaining work in a
regulated craft or trade another Member State without the need of further training
In the UK a Certificate of Experience is required for the following trades:
If you require a Certificate of Experience, please request the Certificate from
the EU Member State in which you gained your experience. If you do not know which
authority in the Member State is responsible for issuing this document, please contact
the National Contact Point for that country. You can use the
database to locate the correct contact point.