What is EPC?
The European Professional Card (EPC) is an electronic procedure you can use to have your professional qualifications recognised in another EU country (in this case the 28 EU Member States) It is easier and quicker to manage than traditional qualification recognition procedures, and more transparent: you can keep track of your application on-line and re-use already uploaded documents to start new applications for different countries.
The EPC is not a physical card. It is the electronic proof that you have passed administrative checks and your professional qualifications have been recognised by the country you want to work in (host country), or that you have met the conditions to provide services temporarily in that country.
When an application is approved, you will be able to generate an EPC certificate in pdf format. This will also include a reference number your prospective employer can use to check your EPC's validity online.
Where it is applied?
You can use the EPC procedure if:
For how long can you use your EPC?
The EPC will be valid:
• indefinitely if you are settling long-term (establishment);
• 18 months in most cases where you're providing services temporarily, or 12 months for professions which have an impact on public health or safety (i.e.: this could be the case in certain countries for professions such as physiotherapist or mountain guide).
How to apply for an EPC?