Security officers and investigators who have obtained a professional qualification in another EU Member State, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, but wish to practise their profession in the Netherlands, must have the qualification recognised.
Recognition of qualifications is required for the following positions and can be requested from the Dutch screening authority Justis:
- Private security guard
- Hospitality door supervisor
- Event security guard
- Football steward
- Undercover bodyguard
- Undercover store security officer
- Private investigator
- Alarm technician
- Video surveillance technician
- Alarm centre operator
To have your professional qualification recognised in the Netherlands, please complete the application form. The application form also states which documents you need to enclose. Information and documents in another language must be translated by a sworn interpreter or translator. The copy of your ID does not need to be translated. This procedure applies to both regular, temporary and incidental professional qualifications.
Please note: do not send original diplomas, only copies.
Please send the application form together with the documents and any translation(s) to:
P.O. Box 20300
2500 EH The Hague
Justis will process your application as soon as all documents have been received and are complete.
Upon receipt of your application, we will obtain information from the Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education, Training and Labour Market (SBB: Samenwerkingsorganisatie Beroepsonderwijs Bedrijfsleven). Professional qualifications are recognised if the applicant fulfils the requirements of Section 6 of the Recognition of EU Professional Qualifications Act (Algemene wet erkenning EU-beroepskwalificaties). In summary, the applicant must have completed an equivalent training programme or have sufficient practical experience, and be reliable.
How long does the procedure take?
A decision on your application will be made within 3 months. This period may be extended by one month, in which case you will receive a notification.
There are no costs associated with the application.
Objection and appeal
You may contest the decision with the Minister for Legal Protection, by submitting a reasoned objection within six weeks of publication of the decision. Your objection may be submitted digitally via justis.nl, or in writing to the following address:
PO Box 20300
2500 EH The Hague
You can also have your objection submitted by an authorised representative. If the authorised representative is not a lawyer, please enclose written authorisation for your representative with your objection.
Your objection must contain at least the following:
- your name and address;
- the date on which the objection was written;
- a description of the decision to which you wish to object (you can also enclose a copy of the decision itself);
- the grounds for the objection;
- your signature, or the signature of your authorised representative.
For more information, please visit this website to read more about objecting to and appealing against a government decision.
Contact Justis if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
+31 88 - 998 22 88