What is the Certificate of Experience?
The Certificate of Experience is a document which details an individual’s work experience
and qualifications gained in a particular profession in the UK.
It verifies that the individual has satisfied the criteria laid out
in chapter 2
of Directive 2005/36/EC, which is the European Directive that covers
the regulation of craft /trade professions in Member States. Once issued, the
Certificate of Experience will assist the individual to work in a regulated
profession in another Member State without the need of further training or experience.
Who needs the Certificate of Experience?
Individuals who have trained and gained work experience in the UK and wish to
pursue their profession in another Member State may require the Certificate
of Experience. It is only issued if the destination Member State stipulates
that the profession is regulated under Directive 1999/42/EC. In order to ascertain
whether a profession is regulated in a particular Member State, it is necessary
to contact the National Co-ordinator for that country.
How to apply for the Certificate of Experience
Firstly you must contact the National Co-ordinator in the Member State where you wish
to work and find out whether you require the Certificate of Experience.
If you do require the Certificate of Experience, please proceed to the online
If you have any further queries regarding the application process or requirements, please
contact the Certificate of Experience Team:
Certificate of Experience
Glos GL50 1XP
Tel: +44 (0)1242 258 608
What do I need to apply for the CoE?
- Relevant certificates and/or diplomas relating to your trade/craft
- Two personal referees
- Valid passport
- Letter from local Inland Revenue office to confirm self-employed status