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Recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad for educators
Selected Organization: Izglītības un zinātnes ministrija
Brief description:
The Ministry of Education and Science shall issue certificates for the recognition of professional qualifications in a regulated profession of educators.
In order to recognise professional qualifications acquired abroad in Latvia, the person must first turn to the Academic Information Centre (www.aic.lv) (hereinafter - AIC), which compares the educational and professional qualification documents submitted by the person and the duration of practical training with the requirements specified in the Republic of Latvia for obtaining professional qualifications in the relevant regulated profession. The AIC shall prepare a statement regarding the conformity of the educational and professional qualifications of the applicant with the requirements specified in the Republic of Latvia (hereinafter - a statement of the information institution) and forward the submission of the applicant with the documents appended thereto to the Ministry of Education and Science for the taking of a decision, for the taking of a decision regarding the recognition of professional qualifications.

If a professional qualification is recognised as conforming in the Republic of Latvia, a vocational qualification recognition certificate shall be issued.
For temporary (!) professional activity in Latvia: Pedagogi who wish to start and provide temporary services in Latvia for the first time (hereinafter - applicant) shall notify the Ministry of Education and Science thereof by submitting a declaration.
Beneficiaries:
Individual, Any person
Period:
The decision shall be taken no later than:
- within three months;
- within four months;
- within six months of the submission of all the documents.
- for temporary professional activity in Latvia - from the submission of all documents from two weeks to four months.
Process description
Documents and forms
Other information
1. solis / Service requests
To submit an application to the Academic Information Centre.

May submit a submission:
• personally (address: Dzirnavu Street 16, 3 rd floor, Riga; E-mail: prof@aic.lv; tel. 67225155);
• by post (address: Wall Street 2, Riga LV-1050
• electronically signed documents with a secure electronic signature (address: aic@aic.lv)
On the spot Academic Information Centre
Adrese: Dzirnavu iela 16, Rīga, LV-1010
Tālrunis: 67225155
Fakss:
Other contact details: Pasta adrese:
Vaļņu iela 2, Rīga LV-1050
Tālr.:   (+371) 67225155
E-pasts: aic@aic.lv
Working hours
2. solis / Add to an application
- a copy of the personal identification document;
- documents certifying education and professional qualifications (diplomas and annexes thereto (extracts of performance), with translation into Latvian)
- documents from the country of origin concerning the right to pursue a profession in that country (certificates, licences, registration, etc. if any);
- a statement of work experience abroad (if any);
Documents to be submitted
On the spot Academic Information Centre
Adrese: Dzirnavu iela 16, Rīga, LV-1010
Tālrunis: 67225155
Fakss:
Other contact details: Pasta adrese:
Vaļņu iela 2, Rīga LV-1050
Tālr.:   (+371) 67225155
E-pasts: aic@aic.lv
Working hours
3. solis / Performing a payment
To pay for recognition of professional qualifications of EUR 240
4. solis / Receipt of services
The Ministry of Education and Science (Ministry) (upon receipt of the submission of the applicant for the recognition of professional qualifications and the statement of the Academic Information Centre regarding the level of education acquired by the applicant) shall compare the content of the professional qualification acquired in foreign states with the requirements specified in Latvia in the teaching profession specified in Regulation No 569.

The Ministry shall take a decision within a specified time period. The decision should be taken within 4 months on the qualifications obtained by the EU, within 6-12 months of the professional qualifications obtained outside the EU, since all documents have been submitted to the Academic Information Centre.

If the education acquired by the applicant conforms to the requirements specified in Latvia for work in the teaching profession, the Ministry shall issue a decision regarding the recognition of professional qualifications and the applicant shall receive a certificate for the recognition of professional qualifications.

If the education acquired by the applicant only partially complies with the requirements set out in Latvia for work in the teaching profession and this non-compliance is essential, the Ministry shall issue a decision regarding the fact that the applicant has to complete the qualification test or have to pass the adaptation period.

If the education acquired by the applicant does not comply with the requirements specified in Latvia for work in the teaching profession, the Ministry will provide information and advise the applicant regarding the opportunities to acquire such education in Latvia, which will give the right to work as an educator.

The applicant for the recognition of the professional qualification of the Ministry may challenge the decision again in the Ministry, which will re-evaluate the submission of the applicant, or in court.
On the spot Academic Information Centre
Adrese: Dzirnavu iela 16, Rīga, LV-1010
Tālrunis: 67225155
Fakss:
Other contact details: Pasta adrese:
Vaļņu iela 2, Rīga LV-1050
Tālr.:   (+371) 67225155
E-pasts: aic@aic.lv
Working hours