Recognition of Qualifications of Medical Professions for Citizens of Third Countries

29. 6. 2012 | Source: BusinessInfo.cz

If a foreign national wishes to work in the Czech Republic, his or her professional qualification must be recognized. To achieve this he or she has to pass an aptitude test and supply the evidence of good health and character. The aptitude test verifies the candidate’s ability to speak in Czech to an extent necessary for a medical profession.

Aptitude test 

The test is taken before a test commission formed by the Ministry of Health. It consists of four consecutive parts:

  1. written test to verify professional knowledge,
  2. written test to verify knowledge of the health system and rudiments of law in relation to the provision of health care in the Czech Republic,
  3. practical part (practice of relevant medical profession under expert supervision),
  4. oral examination.

A successful candidate for the aptitude test receives from the Ministry of Health a decision recognizing the qualifications to practice a medical profession in the territory of the Czech Republic, not later than 240 days after submission of all the documents required by the Ministry. A successful part of the aptitude test is valid for 24 months after the day it is passed. The first and second part (written tests) aptitude test can be done in Czech, English, French, German or Russian.

If a foreign national has undergone a medical study programme run by a university in the Czech Republic in a language other than Czech, he or she can practice a profession in the territory of the Czech Republic after a test of the ability to use technical Czech to an extent necessary to practice a medical profession. The test of the ability to speak in Czech is administered by the Ministry:

  • assessing evidence of a language examination in Czech or Slovak, or
  • assessing education received in Czech or Slovak, or
  • interview before a commission appointed by the Ministry.

No interview takes place if a candidate presents the first and the second above mendtioned documents, i.e. evidence of a language examination in Czech or Slovak or evidence of education received in Czech or Slovak.

Medical Professions

If a foreign national has obtained formal qualifications in the home country, his or her professional qualification will be recognized on the basis of the aptitude test, after presentation of a positive health record, a criminal record and a test of the ability to use technical Czech to an extent necessary to practice a medical profession (this is verified during the aptitude test). The Postgraduate Education Institute organizes and runs preparatory courses for candidates for the aptitude test. This information is published before the date of the aptitude tests.

Applications are available at the website of the Ministry of Health.

Application annexes:

  • counterpart or notarized copy of translated evidence of formal qualifications for the practice of a medical profession,
  • notarized copy of certificate of recognition of university education under Act 111/1998 Coll., on universities, as amended,
  • positive health record for the practice of a medical profession which must not be older than three months on presentation,criminal record which must not be older than three months on presentation,
  • copy of identity document,
  • copy of marriage certificate or evidence of change of surname (if the candidate has changed surname),
  • notarized copy of or counterpart of translated evidence of recognition of professional or specialized qualifications in any EU Member State,
  • duty stamp worth CZK 2,000.

Test costs

The aptitude test for medical processions costs CZK 7,000 (written test – CZK 1,500, written test of knowledge of health care system and basics of law – CZK 1,500, oral examination – CZK 4,000). The charge for the first repeat of the aptitude test is CZK 10,000 because of higher costs, and a second and further repeat costs CZK 15,000.

Non–medical Professions

Applicants who have obtained professional qualifications of non-medical profession outside EU Member States are competent to practice a non-medical profession in the territory of the Czech Republic if they pass the aptitude test, present a positive health record and a criminal record and pass a test in technical Czech; the ability to use technical Czech to an extent necessary for their work is verified during the aptitude test.

If any Member State recognizes the professional or specialized qualifications of the persons mentioned in the previous paragraph, the Ministry of Health will waive the aptitude test.

Applications are available at the website of the Ministry of Health.
 
Application annexes:

  • counterpart or notarized copy of (not original) translated evidence of formal qualifications to practice a medical profession. The documents must be translated by an interpreter on the register of experts and interpreters within the meaning of Act 36/1967 Coll., on experts and interpreters, as amended;
  • notarized copy of evidence of recognition of university education, evidence of recognition of equivalence of education or recognition of document issued by a foreign school according to Act  564/1990 Coll., on state administration and self-administration in education, as amended, Decree 385/1991 Coll., on recognition of equivalence and conditions of recognition of certificates issued by foreign schools, as amended by Decree 332/1998 Coll.;
  • counterpart or notarized copy of evidence of health record which must not be older than three months on presentation;
  • counterpart or notarized copy of criminal record which must not be older than three months on presentation;
  • copy of identity document (passport, ID card, visa);
  • notarized copy or counterpart of translation of evidence of recognition of professional or specialized qualifications in any other EU Member State (if held by applicant). The documents must be translated by an interpreter on the register of experts and interpreters within the meaning of Act 36/1967 Coll., on experts and interpreters, as amended;
  • brief professional biography;
  • application for aptitude test.

Test costs

The aptitude test for non-medical processions is CZK 7,000 (written test – CZK 1,500, written test of knowledge of health care system and rudiments of law – CZK 1,500, oral examination – CZK 4,000).  The charge for the first repeat of the aptitude test is CZK 10,000 because of higher costs, and a second and further repeat costs CZK 15,000.

Legislation

  • Act 95/2004 Coll., on the conditions of obtaining and recognizing professional qualifications and specialized qualifications for the medical profession of doctor, dentist, pharmacist, as amended
  • Act 96/2004 Coll., on the conditions of obtaining and recognizing qualifications for non-medical professions and activities related to the provision of health care, as amended

Information provided by the Ministry of Health.

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