When it comes to recognising the equivalence of qualifications, a fundamental difference is made between academic qualifications and professional qualifications. Responsibility for decisions on recognising academic qualifications lies with further education institutions (admission, continuation of studies).
Professional qualifications are those qualifications required in order to perform a profession or receive the necessary license to do so. There are two different categories of professions: regulated professions and non-regulated professions.
Non-regulated professions are those professions which do not require workers to have completed specific training or to have been granted a license. In these cases it is the employer who has the right to decide on the recognition of qualifications. Therefore, the employer must determine whether the qualification a worker has is sufficient to perform a particular job. Self-employed persons working in non-regulated professions require no recognition of qualifications the only rules they are subject to are those dictated by the free market.
Information on the regulated professions can be obtained from the following offices:
For information about the recognition of further education diplomas issued in Liechtenstein please contact one of the national information centres (ENIC/NARIC). These national information centres can be found in all European countries as well as in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.