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    The "National Commission for Higher and Higher Education" offers its support to workers in many situations and means:

    - opinions and advice on the recognition of qualifications;

    - assistance to examining commissions during selection processes in relation to the recognition of qualifications;

    - opinions and advice on Malta Qualifications framework and its different levels;

    - information on regulated professions;

    -assistance to people who prefer their personal skills, skills and knowledge that are not yet formally recognized;

    If a worker is known in one of the above mentioned, for each point will be directed towards the particular service requested. These are:

    - Information Center on the Recognition of Malta Qualifications (MQRIC);

    - Mutual recognition of professions

    - Validation of informal and non-formal learning.

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    Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC)

    The Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) is the competent body within the NCFHE that  recognises qualifications against the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF)​. 

    It provides recognition and comparability of both academic and vocational qualifications, using both the Malta Qualifications Framework (MQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) to provide recognition advice on both local and international qualifications. It also assists in the recognition of Maltese qualifications abroad. MQRIC is also the local official ENIC-NARIC centre in Malta and forms part of the ENIC-NARIC Network. 

    Recognition statements for qualifications may be required for various reasons, such as: to pursue further studies, applying for a job or a promotion, qualification allowance, tax rebate, scholarship schemes, a single permit/visa/citizenship with Jobsplus, amongst others. ​​In order to further facilitate the recognition process, MQRIC has launched a new online system, funded through the ESF Project 1.227 'Making Quality Visible', whereby the recognition statement can be downloaded directly from our website. In view of this, MQRIC is no longer accepting applications face-to-face or via email.​  

    In order to check whether your qualification is recognised, you need to follow the below steps. 

    Step 1: A qualification might already have been recognised or compared with a particular MQF Level. NCFHE maintains an online register of accredited further and higher educational institutions and recognised courses.​ If such qualification is listed in the List of Already Accredited Courses​ (on the right) it means that it is recognised and there is no need to submit an application for the assessment of a qualification. 

    Step 2: If a qualification is provided by self-accrediting institutions, all qualifications issued by them are obliged to feature the MQF level on the certificate. Any other institution accredited in Malta offering home grown courses is also obliged to provide the relevant MQF level of the qualification on the certificate, apart from the obligation of informing the student of such level before any course is taken up. 

    Step 3: Should a qualification not be listed under Step 1 and Step 2 above, you may submit an  Application for the Recognition of Qualifications by accessing our online system. 

    Requests for the reissue of statements will only be considered if the qualification has been reviewed again since September 2016 and included on the new online database. A €2 posting charge applies. Bank charges may also be applicable. All other qualifications not recently reviewed will require to be verified anew and a new application will need to be submitted.​


    For further information and for everything related to recognition, the addresses of the Authority are:

    National Commission for Further and Higher Education

    Sir Temi Zammit Buildings

    Malta Life Sciences Centre Ltd,

    Malta Life Sciences Park,

    San Gwann, SGN 3000, Malta.​

    Tel: +356 2381 0000



    Mutual Recognition of Professions

    The Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications is an important aspect of the free movement of citizens throughout the EU. This is governed by Directive 2005/36/EC on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications which has been transposed into national legislation primarily by means of the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Act 2002 (Cap 451) and the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Regulations (S.L. 451.03).  The law lays down the framework through which regulated professions are to be recognised by ‘Designated Authorities’ being the entities responsible for each individual regulated profession.  The requirements of mutual recognition vary depending on the profession and on whether the individual wishes to:

    - permanently settle and practice a profession in a host Member State (what is known as ‘establishment’) in which case recognition is required;


    - practice the profession on a temporary or occasional basis in host Member State in which case the individual will need to submit a declaration to the Designated Authority concerned. The regulated professions database​ provides information on which professions are regulated by which authority in other Member States.  You will need to know either the name of the profession in the local language or its English translation.  This is an important tool for those wishing to establish themselves or provide services on a temporary basis in other Member States.

    Information on the database and the principles of mutual recognition is available in the following links:



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