What is a European Professional Card (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 does it appy?
For the moment, you can use the EPC procedure only if you are:
• a nurse responsible for general care;
• a pharmacist;
• a physiotherapist;
• a mountain guide (not applicable in the Republic of Cyprus);
• a real estate agent.
You can use the EPC procedure if:
For how long can you use your EPC?
How to apply for a EPC?