Recognition of Professional Qualifications

The law on the recognition of professional qualifications and other competences of nationals of the Member States of the European Union and amending certain laws (the law on the recognition of professional qualifications) came into effect on 1 May 2004.

As of that date, the Energy Regulatory Office has been the recognition authority for recognising professional qualifications in energy industries under Act No 458/2000 on conditions of business and state administration in energy industries and amending certain laws, as amended (the Energy Act).

The regulated units (activities under the above laws) are:

1 The licence holder – a natural person
2 The representative responsible for the licensed activity

The current wording of Act No 14/2004 on the recognition of professional qualifications, including a list of the regulated activities and professions, is posted on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic at http://www.msmt.cz/.

You can also find the law on the ERO's website under Information provision (Regulations on the ERO's procedure for information provision).

More detailed information related to the laws, regulations and directives concerning the recognition of professional qualifications and other competences for the purposes of starting a regulated activity, in an employed or self-employed capacity, in the Czech Republic can be obtained from the ERO's sector coordinator.

Contact:

(Mrs) Lucie Vildomcová
Tel: +420 595 590 855
E-mail: lucie.vildomcova@eru.cz

Procedure for applying for the recognition of professional qualifications for the purposes of business under Act No 458/2000, the Energy Act, as amended

This information is intended primarily for nationals of the Member States of the European Union (EU), including the Czech Republic, and of the European Economic Area (EEA: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland, who want to pursue a regulated profession or activity.

1 The applicant fills in the application and attaches the required documents

A model form of an application for the recognition of professional qualifications is available:

Under Section 22(2) of Act No 18/2004 on the recognition of professional qualifications (‘the Act'), the applicant must specify the following in the application¨:

  • First name and surname, date of birth, nationality, and mailing address;
  • The regulated activity that the applicant intends to pursue in the Czech Republic;
  • The intended form of pursuing the regulated activity (in a self-employed capacity, in an employed capacity, other).

The following has to be attached to the application:

  • Proof of identity;
  • Proof of the nationality;
  • Evidence of professional qualifications:
    • Evidence of professional qualification includes:
      • evidence of education and professional training (which must clearly indicate the level of education, i.e. primary, secondary, post-secondary, or bachelor's or master's level at a higher education institution, and must also indicate the duration and content of the education and training that are being proved),
      • evidence of practising the activity in question, which must contain information required for assessing the application for the recognition of professional qualifications, in particular, but without limitation, that about the duration, content and form of practising the activity;
    • Other information:
      • originals or certified copies of the documents must be submitted,
      • documents evidencing professional and other competences must be translated into Czech, unless they have been issued in Czech or unless an international treaty binding on the Czech Republic stipulates otherwise;
  • Evidence of other competences:
    • Evidence of other competences includes:
      • proof of good conduct, by means of a Certificate of Criminal Records or an equivalent document issued by the competent authority of the Member State of origin, which proves that the requirements for good conduct for the pursuit of the regulated activity have been satisfied (where the competent authorities of Member States do not issue such documents, they shall be replaced with a solemn declaration made by the applicant before the competent authority of the Member State of origin or, where appropriate, a notary of the home Member State),
      • proof of financial standing;
  • Proof of payment of the administrative fee:
    • The fee is CZK 2,000;
    • The fee can be paid by a duty stamp upon submitting the application, by credit transfer to a special account of the ERO, or in cash at the ERO's cash desk, however, no later than by the time the ERO delivers its decision as the recognition authority.

2 The applicant submits the application to the ERO as the recognition authority

The applicant submits a completed application with the annexes to the Energy Regulatory Office. Applications can also be submitted to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, which shall refer them to the ERO without undue delay.

The procedure on the recognition of professional qualifications takes place in the Czech language.

3 Decision on the application

Under Section 24(5) of the Act, the ERO shall decide on the application without any delay, however, no later than within 60 days of the day of submission of a complete application, i.e. containing all the mandatory particulars and with all documents required for assessing the application annexed to the application.

Once the decision becomes final, the recognition authority shall return the documents (proof of the applicant's nationality, proof of the applicant's identity, evidence of professional qualifications, and evidence of other competences and proof of payment of the administrative fee) to the applicant if originals or certified copies of the documents were submitted.

The ERO shall deliver a decision whereby it

  • recognises the professional qualifications, or
  • requires the applicant to pass compensation measures (practising the activity in question for the required period of time, completing an adaptation period or passing an aptitude test) prior to recognising the professional qualifications, or
  • rejects the application for the recognition of professional qualifications.

Form for a solemn declaration of a professionally competent person.