Recognition of foreign qualifications
Have you completed your training in a foreign country? If you wish to work in a regulated healthcare profession in Switzerland, your qualification must be recognized
What do I need to do?
What happens next?
Once you have submitted all the documents, processing will take a maximum of four weeks. Then you can log back into the PreCheck portal. You will be able to view your result. You will be informed whether your PreCheck is positive or negative and the next stage in the procedure.
If your PreCheck result is positive, you have received an application form on www.precheck.chOpens a new window. Submit your completed application form to us. We will then send you the recognition application by post.
What happens next?
You collect all the necessary documents.
You pay the required fee.
You send us all the documents and the signed application form by post.
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The recognition procedure only starts once we have received the complete application dossier with all the documentation and the invoice has been paid. From that point, it takes up to four months before an initial decision is made.
Your complete application has been submitted to us: you will then receive a preliminary decision within four months. The decision can either be that your qualifications have been recognized or that you need to complete compensatory measures. If compensatory measures are needed, the procedure will take longer to complete.
How long does the recognition process take?
It takes up to four weeks for the result of the compulsory PreCheck to be issued.
In the event of a positive PreCheck, you can submit your recognition application. You will receive a preliminary decision within four months of submitting your complete application.
If supplementary training is needed, the procedure will take longer to complete.
How much does recognition cost?
550 Swiss franc if your degree in nursing or midwifery is listed in the EU requirements 2005/36/ECOpens a new window, Annex V (starting on page 124) in the relevant countries. You will receive one invoice.
930 Swiss franc if no compensatory measures are required. You will receive two partial invoices.
1,000 Swiss franc if compensatory measures are required. You will receive two partial invoices.
Depending on the profession, an additional 130 Swiss franc may be charged for registration with GesReg / NAREG, the National Register of Healthcare Professions.
Costs compensatory measures
Are compensatory measures required? This will incur some additional costs. You will be invoiced directly for these costs by the providers of the compensatory measures.
Documents required to support an application for recognition
Certificate of Current Professional Status / Letter of Good Standing
As part of the application for recognition, we require a certificate stating that the person submitting the application is entitled to carry out their profession.
Why do I need this certificate?
This certificate ensures the quality of healthcare in Switzerland and thus protects patients. When applying for your qualification to be recognized, you need to submit various documents. These include a certificate confirming that you are entitled to carry out your profession in the relevant foreign country, and that there are no sanctions against you. That means you have never been barred from working in your profession, either permanently or temporarily.
Where do I get this certificate?
You get the certificate from the authority in the country that you last worked in. It is your responsibility to obtain this certificate. You will find an overview of the competent authorities here.
The certificate may have a different name depending on the country: ‘Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS)’ or ‘Letter of Good Standing’ (LoGS). For the first step in recognizing qualifications, the PreCheckOpens a new window, a current CCPS/LoGS is not required.
As part of your application for recognition, you must submit a CCPS/LoGS that is no more than three months old.
Further information on CCPS / LoGS
You will be informed in the recognition application what other documents must be submitted.
What language skills do I need?
The SRC accepts the following certificates
Your language certificate can also be issued abroad.
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- Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (in German)Opens a new window
Which professions does the SRC recognize?
Information on your profession
Frequently asked questions
After the recognition
Billing for services
Would you like to know what the legal bases are for the recognition process? You will find the key information here.