Apply for certification

You can apply for certification if you have a teaching degree, a preschool teaching degree or a recreation instructor degree (for the equivalent of the Swedish school form “fritidshemmet”).

You do not need to reside in Sweden to apply, and you also do not need a Swedish civic registration number. Please read the instructions carefully before applying.

Apply for certification here

How to apply

Save the application form on your computer if you prefer to send it in by e-mail rather than regular mail.

When you send in your application, you must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form.
  • A copy of your teaching degree, preschool teaching degree or recreation instructor degree (all pages).
  • A list of the courses you have completed, including grades specified for each course.
  • A certificate of proficiency in Swedish.
  • A certificate of your teaching experience, if you have worked as a teacher or preschool teacher (in Sweden or abroad).

Please note that you should only submit copies or your documents. Only submit your original documents if we have specifically requested them. If you submit your application via e-mail, we ask that the documents you attach are in a PDF-format.

  • Submit copies of your documents in the language in which they were issued.
  • Also submit a translation of your documents to Swedish or to English. You do not need to translate documents that have been issued in Danish, Finnish, Faeroese, Icelandic, Meänkieli, Norwegian or Sami.

Send in all your documents along with your application to ensure that it can be processed as efficiently as possible.

Translation of certificates

You can find authorised translators at Kammarkollegiet (the Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency) or the Federation of Authorised Translators in Sweden:

Kammarkollegietexternal link, opens in new window

The Federation of Authorised Translatorsexternal link, opens in new window

If there is no authorised translator for the language that you need, we also accept translations from members of the Swedish Association of Professional Translators (SFÖ):

The Swedish Association of Professional Translatorsexternal link, opens in new window

Submit your application and attached documents

By e-mail:

lleg.registrator@skolverket.se

By mail:

Skolverket
Box 4002
171 04 Solna
Sweden

Application fee

The cost of application is SEK 1,500. The Swedish government has decided that the National Agency for Education must charge a fee to cover the cost of processing applications. When we have received and registered your application, we will send you a confirmation message with information on how to pay the application fee.

Applying with a Swedish degree as well as a degree or credits from another country

If you have a Swedish teaching- or preschool-teaching degree as well as a foreign degree or credits, you should apply based on your Swedish degree.

Apply based on your Swedish degree (in Swedish)

Documents showing your work experience as a teacher or preschool teacher

If you have worked as a teacher or preschool teacher in Sweden or abroad, you can submit a certificate of work experience (service record), issued by a headmaster at the preschool or school where you have worked. In certain cases, teaching experience may compensate for possible differences between your credentials and a Swedish degree as a teacher, preschool teacher, or recreation instructor degree. You can submit your certificate of work experience along with your application or wait until we inform you that you need to supplement your application with additional documents.

Download a certificate of experience template here

To open and edit the file, you need to download it on your computer, after which it can be opened with a free PDF-reading program such as Acrobat Reader. Download the file by right-clicking on the link and selecting the “Save link as...” option.

Tjänstgöringsintyg för lärare eller förskolelärare med utländsk examenPDF (pdf, 1 MB)

Work certificate for teachers or preschools teachersPDF (pdf, 181 kB)

If you have changed your name

If you have changed your name and your documents have been issued in your old name, you need to submit proof of your name change. You can attach an extract from the population register from the Swedish Tax Agency or an equivalent agency which handles national registration data. Information of the name change must be stated in the extract from the population register. You may also submit a marriage certificate or birth certificate which contains information of the name change.

Certificate of qualifications

If you have a degree from a country where you need an official certificate to verify your professional qualifications, you should submit this with your application. This applies, for example, to degrees from Romania or Germany.

Official Transcript

If you have a degree from a country where the list of completed courses is in the form of an official transcript, you should first submit your application for certification, after which your will receive a message of confirmation which contains your case number. You must then contact your university or university college and request that they send your Official Transcript directly to the Swedish National Agency for Education, either by mail or e-mail. If it is submitted by e-mail, the Official Transcript should be provided as a link to the university or university college, rather than as an attached PDF-file. Your case number with the Swedish National Agency for Education must be stated in the e-mail.

The Official Transcript should be submitted to

lleg.registrator@skolverket.se

By mail:

Skolverket
Box 4002
171 04 Solna
Sweden

Degrees from Afghanistan

If you have a degree from Afghanistan, you need to request a verification of your educational documents and your identity from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Stockholm before submitting your application for certification.

Degrees from Great Britain

February 1 to December 31 2020 was a transitional period, where applications from Great Britain were processed according to EU/EES regulations. Decisions that were made in cases under this period are valid even after the end of the transitional period.

Applications that have been submitted after the end of the transitional period will instead, generally, be treated in accordance with the regulations for applications from non-EU/EES countries.

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    FAQ

    Yes, you must always submit translations to either Swedish or English, if the original document was not issued in Danish, Finnish, Faeroese, Icelandic, Meänkieli, Norwegian or Sami.

    No, you must also submit copies of the documents in the languages in which they were issued. Only submitting translations will not be sufficient for us to assess your documents.

    When applying, you should only submit copies of your documents. However, we may contact you during the processing of your case and request your original documents.

    The document must show that you have worked as a teacher or a preschool teacher, as well as which grade(s) and subject(s) you have taught, the time period of your service and whether you have worked full-time or part-time (for example, 50%). If you have worked as a preschool teacher in a preschool or in the school-preparatory preschool class, your document must also contain this information. The document should be issued by a headmaster or principal at the preschool or school where you have worked. If you have worked abroad, you must submit a copy of your document in the language in which it was issued, as well as a translation to English or Swedish.

    Our recommendation is that you have all of your documents in order before you apply. If you apply without fulfilling the Swedish language requirements, you risk having your application dismissed.

    Yes, experience as a teacher or preschool teacher (in Sweden or abroad) may compensate for possible differences between your credentials and a Swedish degree as a teacher, preschool teacher, or recreation instructor degree.

    You can submit your certificate of work experience along with your application or wait until we inform you that you need to supplement your application with additional documents.

    When we register your application, you will receive a message of confirmation, which contains information on how to pay and which OCR-number to use.

    If you have not paid the application fee, we will close your case and reject your application, after which it is too late to pay. You will then need to submit a new application.

    If the fee has not been paid within two weeks after your application has been registered, we will send you a reminder, with a new final date for payment. There is no added fee for the reminder. You can also pay the application fee even if you have not received the reminder if the original final date has passed.

    If the fee is paid after we have decided in your case, you will need to submit a new application for certification. When you receive confirmation that your new application has been registered, you can notify us that you have already paid the fee in a previous case.

    Yes, you can pay the fee with a foreign bank account. Use the following IBAN- and SWIFT-codes:

    IBAN: SE58 1200 0000 0128 1010 7300
    BIC-KOD: DABASESX

    Bank address:
    Danske Bank
    S-103 92 Stockholm

    When your application was registered, you should have received a confirmation e-mail containing an OCR-number. This is your reference number for payment and must be provided when you pay the fee in order for us to connect your payment with the correct case.

    The Swedish government has decided that the National Agency for Education must charge a fee to cover the cost of processing applications. There are different fees for applications for certification and applications to extend your certification with additional school forms, grades, or subjects.

    The headmaster must have worked at the school or preschool either during the whole time of service or during a part of the time. The headmaster should also be comfortable with signing the certificate and ensure that there are sufficient grounds to confirm your experience and skill.

    If the headmaster has not worked during any part of your service, or otherwise cannot confirm the information in the certificate of experience, we also accept documents signed by your superintendent or head of school.