Professional qualifications

Technical Guidelines for the Competent Authorities for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications in case of a no-deal (without a withdrawal agreement) Brexit  

The main scenarios of recognition of professional qualifications that might occur during the examination of applications by the competent authorities are the following: 


1. UK qualifications of EU27-Member State and UK nationals recognized in EU27 before withdrawal date 

Decisions on the recognition of UK qualifications in any EU27 Member State, based on the Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by the Directive 2013/55/EE for the Recognition of Professional Qualifications, taken before the withdrawal date are not affected. 


2. UK qualifications of EU27 and UK nationals who applications for recognition in EU27 are still pending at withdrawal date

The competent authorities are advised to take into consideration the fact that the application was made while the UK was still a Member State, and therefore, the provisions of the EU legislation were applied. 


3. EU27 nationals holding UK qualifications obtained before the withdrawal date applying for recognition in EU27 after withdrawal date 

The competent authorities are advised to encourage citizens (based on the Brexit Preparedness Notice on Professional Qualifications of the European Commission published on 21st June 2018) to submit their applications for recognition of their UK qualifications before the withdrawal date. However, competent authorities are advised to take into consideration the fact that the qualification was acquired while the UK was still a Member State, and therefore, the provisions of the EU legislation were applied. 


4. EU27 nationals holding UK qualifications obtained after withdrawal date

As of withdrawal date, Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by Directive 2013/55/EE is not applied to UK nationals and UK qualifications, and UK becomes a third country. Hence, the applications for recognition shall be governed by the national policies/rules of the Republic of Cyprus and the legislation regulating each profession. However, it is advised that the minimum training conditions for the 7 sectoral professions be respected by any national recognition decision.  


 5. UK nationals seeking first recognition of their UK qualifications (whenever acquired) in the Republic of Cyprus, after withdrawal date 

The applications for recognition shall be governed by the national policies/rules of the Republic of Cyprus and the legislation regulating each profession. However, it is advised that the minimum training conditions for the 7 sectoral professions be respected by any national recognition decision.  


6. UK nationals providing temporary or occasional services (Title ΙΙ Directive 2005/36/ΕΚ) in the Republic of Cyprus, after withdrawal date 

UK nationals legally established in the UK or any other EU27 Member State will not be able to provide temporary or occasional professional services in the Republic of Cyprus under EU law rules, as of the withdrawal date. The provision of professional services shall be governed by the national policies/rules of the Republic of Cyprus and the legislation regulating each profession.  


7. EU nationals legally established in the UK providing temporary or occasional services (Title ΙΙ Directive 2005/36/ΕΚ) in the Republic of Cyprus, after withdrawal date 

EU nationals legally established in the UK will have no rights under EU law to provide temporary or occasional professional services in the Republic of Cyprus under EU law rules, as of the withdrawal date. The provision of professional services shall be governed by the national policies/rules of the Republic of Cyprus and the legislation regulating each profession.  

 

Department of Labour,
Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance 
Assistance Centre for the 
Recognition of Professional Qualifications