Questions of qualifications recognition mainly arise while moving from one country to another (e.g. coming back to the country of origin after the studies abroad or leaving to another country for study or work).
There are two types of recognition: academic and professional. In both cases the main aim is recognition of foreign qualification. However, in every case the approach to qualifications is different.
· In case of academic recognition the aim is to assess the value of a foreign educational qualification with a view to access to educational and/or employment activities. The institution in charge of assessment and academic recognition of international qualifications in Lithuania is The Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE). Assessment is carried out while comparing a foreign qualification to an appropriate qualification of the Republic of Lithuania. The assessors mainly seek to determine whether the foreign qualifications are comparable to the secondary or higher education qualifications conferred in Lithuania. After the assessment procedure is over, CQAHE issues a recognition statement.
· In case of professional recognition the most important criteria are knowledge, professional skills and competences of the qualification holder needed for starting an appropriate professional career.
o If your profession is state non-regulated and you are willing to start professional carrier in Lithuania, the decision regarding your professional skills and competences will be made by a future employer. The employers may ask a candidate to get academic recognition statement in order to gain better understanding of the level of foreign qualification.
o In case of state regulated professions, the decision regarding professional recognition is taken by the competent professional recognition institution. Please note that in this case academic assessment of qualifications is necessary for professional recognition. This is because professional recognition authorities have to know the level of appropriate qualification.
Recognition of the regulated professional qualifications in the Republic of Lithuania is coordinated by the Ministry of Economy. For more information, please visit website: http://www.profesijos.lt/go.php/lit/IMG