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Description of the procedure for acknowledgment of certification from abroad

1. Identification Number: 12

2. Code: 5

3. Identification of the life situation:

Description of the procedure for acknowledgment of certification from abroad

(Popis postupu k uznání zahraničního vzdělání - česky)

4. Key information concerning the life situation:

A graduate from a school abroad (hereinafter referred to as the “Applicant”), who has obtained a document confirming that he has completed primary, secondary or post-secondary technical education (hereinafter referred to as “certification from abroad”), may request the Regional Authority that has jurisdiction over the Applicant’s place of residence to acknowledge this certification from abroad as valid in the Czech Republic. After all the prerequisites have been fulfilled, the Regional Authority will issue:

  • certification of acknowledgment that the certification from abroad is equivalent to that issued in the Czech Republic in cases where the Czech Republic is bound on the basis of its international obligations to acknowledge the specific certification from abroad as equivalent to a document of education issued in the Czech Republic, or

  • a decision on acknowledgement that the certification from abroad is valid in the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “validation”), if the Czech Republic is not bound by an international treaty to acknowledge the specific certification from abroad as equivalent to a document confirming education issued in the Czech Republic.

5. Who is authorised to take actions in this matter (submit an application, etc.):

The Applicant or, if the Applicant is a minor, the Applicant’s legal guardian. The Applicant (his legal guardian) may choose an agent to represent him in the proceedings for acknowledgment of certification from abroad as valid in the Czech Republic. Authorisation for representation is demonstrated by a written power of attorney.

6. What are the conditions and procedure when dealing with this life situation?:

The proceedings for acknowledgment of certification from abroad as valid in the Czech Republic are initiated by submission of an application with appendices (see item 10) to the Regional Authority. Acceptance of the application is subject to payment of an administrative fee of CZK 1,000. The Regional Authority subsequently assesses whether or not the application and its appendices are complete.

If the certification from abroad is equivalent and if the application is complete, the Regional Authority issues certification to the Applicant.

In the event of validation, the Regional Authority assesses whether the application and its appendices are complete, and subsequently compares the content and scope of the education obtained in a school abroad to education according to a similar framework education programme in the Czech Republic. If the scope and content of education obtained in a school abroad differs significantly, the application is denied. If the scope and content of education obtained in a school abroad differs partially, or the Applicant fails to submit documents specified under item 10, letter b) and d), or any of the documents specified under letter a) and c) are lacking the requisite certification of the authenticity of signatures and stamp imprints (unless specified otherwise by an international treaty), the Regional Authority orders a validation examination. The Regional Authority will also deny a request for validation if the Applicants fails to pass the validation examination.

7. How to begin resolving this life situation:

On the basis of the Applicant’s written request for acknowledgement of equivalence or validation of certification from abroad, with appended documents. Acceptance of an application is subject to an administrative fee of CZK 1,000.

8. Which institution should this situation be handled by:

The Regional Authority of the Moravian Silesian Region

9. Where, with whom and when can this situation be discussed:

10. What documents must you take with you:

The following documents must be appended to the application for acknowledgment of equivalence or validation of certification from abroad:

  1. the original of the certification from abroad or an officially certified copy,
  2. a document demonstrating the scope and content of the education completed in a school abroad,
  3. in the case of validation, a document confirming that the school is acknowledged as part of its education system by the state under whose legal system the certification from abroad was issued, unless this fact is clear from the certification from abroad,
  4. an officially certified translation of the documents specified under items a) to c) into the Czech language, prepared by a translator registered in the list of experts and translators in the Czech Republic on the website www.justice.cz in the Znalci a tlumočníci section. In the case of documents prepared in the Slovak language, a translation into Czech is not required.

Unless an international treaty that is binding for the Czech Republic stipulates otherwise, the authenticity of signatures and stamp imprints on the originals of certification from abroad, and on the confirmation that the school is acknowledged by the state under whose legal system the certification from abroad was issued, must be certified by the appropriate representative office of the Czech Republic and also by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the state under whose legal system the certification from abroad was issued, or a notary public active in such country.

11. Which forms are necessary and where are they available:

An application for acknowledgment of equivalence or acknowledgement of validity of certification from abroad in the Czech Republic. The relevant application form is available here:

12. What are the fees and how can these be paid:

An administrative fee CZK of 1,000 is paid for acceptance of an application for acknowledgment of validity or the issue of a certificate of acknowledgment of the equivalence of a certificate confirming that primary, secondary or post-secondary technical education was completed at a school abroad. This administrative fee can be paid personally to the contact persons specified in item 9. You will be given the bank account number and variable symbol for the payment of the administrative fee by postal order or bank transfer after acceptance of the application.

13. What are the time limits for settling the application:

Certification of acknowledgment of the equivalence of certification from abroad is issued within 30 days of the date of receipt of an application. In the case of validation, the proceedings are governed by the deadlines stipulated by Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Administrative Procedure Code, as amended.

14. Who are the other participants (affected individuals) in the proceedings for dealing with this life situation:

None.

15. What other actions is the Applicant required to perform:

None.

16. Available electronic service:

pavel.sveda@msk.cz
pavlina.kadrnkova@msk.cz

17. Which legal regulations govern the procedure:

The provisions of Section 108 and Section 108a of Act No. 561/2004 Coll., on Pre-school, Basic, Secondary, Tertiary, Professional and Other Education (the Education Act), as amended, and Decree No. 12/2005 Coll., on the Conditions of Recognising the Equivalence and Validity of Certificates issued by Foreign Schools.

18. What are the related regulations:

  • Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Administrative Procedure Code, as amended.

19. What remedial measures can be taken and how are they applied:

In compliance with the provisions of Section 81 of Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Administrative Procedure Code, as amended, an appeal can be filed against a decision by means of the Regional Authority of the Moravian Silesian Region to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, within 15 days of delivery.

20. What sanctions can be applied in the event of failure to fulfil obligations:

None.

21. Frequently asked questions:

What is a validation examination? A validation examination verifies that the Applicant’s knowledge and skills correspond to the goals and content of education according to the relevant education programme. Applicants who are not Czech citizens do not take the validation examination in the subject Czech language and literature. The validation examination is usually taken in the Czech language (in accordance with the provisions of Section 16, paragraph 3 of Act No. 500/2004 Coll., the Administrative Procedure Code, as amended. Anyone who declares that they do not understand the language in which the proceedings are held is entitled to a translator/interpreter registered in the list of translators, which the Applicant will arrange at his own expense.

22. Additional information:

23. Information about the described procedure (dealing with this life situation) can also be obtained from other sources or in another form:

24. Related life situations and instructions on dealing with them:

25. The following section is responsible for the accuracy of the description: Regional Authority of the Moravian Silesian Region, Department of Education, Youth and Sports.

26. Contact person:
PaedDr. Stanislava Šmídová

27. This description was prepared according to the legal situation on: 2012-01-01

28. This description was last updated on: 2012-01-16

29. This description expires on: 0000-00-00

30. Potential additional details and comments concerning the life situation:

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