Language requirements for different professions

Instructions on the recognition of a foreign qualification, a list of the qualification and language requirements for different professions and the authorities that make these decisions.
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Regulated professions 

Some professions are regulated in Finland. It means that the education required for them is determined by law. Such professions include doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, lawyers, accountants, teachers and chimney sweeps.  

The qualification requirements of a profession also define language requirements. For example, a teacher providing pre-primary and basic education must have excellent oral and written skills in the school’s language of instruction. Language proficiency can be demonstrated with the YKI certificate (excellent = level C) or a Civil Service Language Proficiency Certificate (excellent = excellent level).  

Foreign diploma or degree in Finland | InfoFinland 

More information on regulated professions and the recognition of degrees and professional qualifications are available on the InfoFinland website. 

Regulated professions in Finland | Finnish National Agency for Education

The website of the Finnish National Agency for Education has a list of regulated professions and the authorities that issue these decisions. You can find the language proficiency requirements on the profession-specific pages.

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