Information for doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives whose education has been acquired outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland
If you have acquired your education outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland then this page contains some information for you to consider.
According to the Health Services Organisation Act, the Health Board shall compare the qualifications of a person applying for registration with the qualifications required in Estonia, shall verify the correctness of information submitted in the documents certifying the qualifications within three months after the submission of documents, and make a registration decision within one month after the person applying for registration has passed the compliance examination.
All doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives, whose education has been acquired outside the European Union, European Economy Area or Switzerland, have to take a compliance examination to get registered. A compliance examination shall be organised by the University of Tartu or health care college and it is comprised of work practice and theory examination. A compliance examination shall be taken in Estonian.
To pass the examination you will first need an assesment of your qualifications from Health Board. This means that you should do thing in the following order:
1. Turn to the Estonian ENIC/NARIC Centre and get an evaluation of your educational credentials; Health Board needs the document the centre issues. If they send you a digitally signed document on your e-mail address then please do not print the file – forward it to email@example.com.
2. Issue all the needed documents in their correct form to Health Board. You will either get a resolution stating that your education meets the requirements and you are eligible to take a compliance examination or that your education does not meet the requirements and you cannot be registered on your profession and/or speciality in Estonia.
3. If you get a decision stating that your education meets the requirements and you are eligible to take a compliance examination, then you can either:
a. if you are a doctor or a dentist then turn to the Faculty of Medicine, University of Tartu (firstname.lastname@example.org), send them the decision issued by Health Board, an application to take the test (must contain your full name and your Estonian identification code), copies of the documents you issued to Health Board;
if you are a nurse or a midwife then turn to the health care college of your choosing (Tallinn Health Care College - email@example.com or Tartu Health Care College - firstname.lastname@example.org), send them the decision issued by Health Board, an application to take the test (must contain your full name and your Estonian identification code), copies of the documents you issued to Health Board;
b. send a statement to Health Board (email@example.com) in which you give Health Board the permission to send the needed information along with the copies of the needed documents to the university or to the health care college of your choosing; in this case Health Board shall contact the university/health care college and you only have to wait for them to contact you regarding the compliance examination.
Regarding the compliance examination
The referral to take a compliance examination that you receive from the Health Board is valid for approximately one year (the specific date will be mentioned in the decision); it means that you have to turn to the university/health care college regarding your examination during the period of approximately one year. If you do not manage to turn to the university/health care college during that time then the decision will not be valid and in force anymore and if you still wish to be registered in Estonia then you will have to issue a new application to Health Board.
The compliance examination is comprised of work practice (up to six months, may be extended for up to one year at the request of a supervisor) and theory examination. The law states that a compliance examination shall be taken in Estonian language.
In order to be able to start the work practice you will need an Estonian identification code. For more information please turn to the Police and Border Guard Board.
If a person fails to pass the work practice for the first time, he or she may, after six months, submit a new application for the assessment of compliance of qualifications with the requirements. If a person fails to pass the work practice for the second time, the Health Board shall have the right to request additional documents from the person concerning the compliance with the requirements and refuse from the assessment of qualification in a justified case.
The University of Tartu or health care college shall organise a theory examination for the persons having passed the practice within 12 months after termination of the work practice.
If a person fails to pass the theory examination for the first time, he or she shall be able to take the examination for the second time after six up to twelve months. If a person fails to pass the theory examination for the second time, he or she may submit a new application for the assessment of compliance of qualifications with the requirements.