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Read common questions and answers on professional registration and qualification checks. This page should be read in conjunction with the professional registration and qualifications standard.
- Do we need to see and verify every qualification?
- Can we accept vocational experience over and above any essential qualifications?
- Who should I contact if I have any doubt about a qualification being genuine?
Q. Do we need to see and qualify every qualification?
Employers are only required to ask for and verify qualifications which are a pre-requisite for the job being applied for.
Q. Can we accept vocational experience over and above any essential qualifications?
Most job specifications will identify essential criteria which outline any 'must have' qualifications, skills and experience required and desirable criteria, which allows for some flexibility. Whilst there is nothing stopping you from accepting vocational experience over and above any formal qualification, it is strongly recommended that this is agreed prior to going to advert with HR to ensure a fair and consistent approach to your recruitment process.
Q. Who should I contact if I have any doubt about a qualification being genuine?
If you have any doubts about whether an overseas qualification or its UK equivalent is genuine, further information can be obtained through the UK National Academic Recognition Centre (UK NARIC).
UK NARIC is the national agency responsible for providing information, advice and expert opinion on vocational, academic, professional skills and international qualifications to organisations recruiting from overseas and to individuals wishing to work or study in the UK.