At the UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ), we recognise that there are many stakeholders involved in the recognition of professional qualifications, and the mobility of professional qualification holders. With that in mind, we seek to provide expert advice and guidance to meet stakeholder needs, through our information provision, enquiry service, training, and events.

We work closely with the regulatory bodies included in European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015, as amended by the Professional Qualifications and Services (Amendments and Miscellaneous Provisions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. We can help employers who are seeking to employ holders of professional qualifications and we also work with professional bodies and sector skills councils.

DBT (Department for Business and Trade) has set up a Recognition Arrangements team which will support regulators and professional bodies to pursue recognition arrangements with their counterparts from other countries. BEIS has published technical guidance which can help regulators and professional bodies to identify, develop and agree on recognition arrangements both within and outside the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, other Free Trade Agreements. The team is already working with regulators to facilitate these types of arrangements, including encouraging engagement with Irish counterparts to uphold the UK’s commitments under the Common Travel Area. For further advice, please contact the team at: [email protected].

Further Information

Should you require further assistance, advice, or guidance other than that provided here or on GOV.UK, please contact us.