What happens after your case has been decided

When you have received your certification, we register your eligibility to teach in the teacher- and preschool teacher registry.

If you have not been granted certification, some common reasons for dismissal of your application are:

  • Your degree is not a teaching degree, preschool teaching degree or recreation instructor degree for the public school system in your country of study.
  • The length and scope of the education differs significantly from that which is required in Sweden (for example where the entire length of the education has been two years or less.
  • The certifications are not at an academic level (for example post-secondary teaching degrees).
  • The national requirements associated with the type of teaching degree and subjects are not met.
  • The content of the education differs significantly from that which is required in Sweden.
  • You have not shown the required level of proficiency in Swedish.

The decision will primarily be sent to your e-mail address. Secondarily, it may be sent through physical mail to your home address.

If you are granted certification

The certification is sent as an attachment in the same e-mail that contains your decision. When you have received your certification, you do not need to register as a teacher or preschool teacher anywhere else. In order to find employment as a teacher or preschool teacher, you can contact an employer directly, or register with the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen).

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If you are not granted certification

The most common reason for dismissal of your case is that you have not shown that you have a teaching degree, preschool teaching degree or recreation instructor degree for the public school system in your country of study.

If your case has been dismissed and you wish to enrol in a Swedish teacher- or preschool teacher training programme, you should contact a study counsellor with a university or university college that provides teacher- or preschool teacher training. The university or university college can also assess which of your previous merits can be counted towards your new teaching- or preschool teaching degree.

Search for teacher or preschool teacher programmes at studera.nulänk till annan webbplats, öppnas i nytt fönster

At studera.nu, you can also find a supplementary teacher training programme for teachers and preschool teachers with foreign qualifications.

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Rejection of incomplete applications

If we have rejected your application, it is because you have not submitted sufficient documentation to process your case or that you have not paid the application fee. A common reason for rejection is that you have not submitted a completed and signed application form and/or all required documents.

If your application has been rejected, you must reapply in order for us to process your case.

If we decide that you must complete compensation measures or additional qualifying steps

Compensations measures if you have a degree from an EU or EEA country, or from Switzerland

If your qualifications do not meet all the requirements for certification, our decision in your case may contain information about compensation measures that you need to complete before a certification can be issued. Compensation measures may entail university studies, work experience as a teacher or preschool teacher (a so-called adaptation period) or an aptitude test.

When you have completed your studies, your adaptation period, or your aptitude test, you need to submit documentation proving that you have successfully completed the compensation measures. The documents should be sent by e-mail.

E-mail the documents to [legkomplettering@skolverket.se]

Put “compensation measure”, followed by your case number in the subject line of the e-mail.

If your compensation measure involved work as a teacher or preschool teacher, please use the following certificate of experience form:

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

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Additional qualifying steps if you have a degree from a country outside of the EU, the EEA or from Switzerland

If your qualifications do not meet all the requirements for certification, our decision in your case may contain information about additional qualifying steps that you need to complete before a certification can be issued. These steps may entail university studies or work experience as a teacher or preschool teacher.

When you have completed the qualifying steps that are outlined in your decision, you will need to reapply for certification. Submit documentation proving that you have successfully completed the qualifying steps along with your application.

If you have worked as a teacher or preschool teacher as part of the qualifying steps, please use the following certificate of experience form:

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

Decision on your professional qualifications

If you have applied for certification based on a teaching degree, a preschool teaching degree, or as a recreation instructor degree from an EU or EEA country, or from Switzerland, we will assess your professional qualifications as a part of your decision. However, a recognition of your professional qualifications does not grant you eligibility to teach. You also need a certification as a teacher or preschool teacher to be granted eligibility. If we are unable to recognise your professional qualifications, it will be stated in your decision, along with information on how you can have your qualifications recognised.

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How to appeal your decision

If you disagree with our assessment and think that our decision in your case is incorrect, you have the right to appeal. You must appeal within three weeks from receiving your decision, by submitting a written statement on why you disagree with our decision. Your appeal should contain the following information:

  • Your unique case-number.
  • In which way you would like the decision to be changed.
  • Your reasons for why the decision should be changed.

After receiving your appeal, we will review your case to assess whether there are reasons for us to change our decision. Regardless of whether we find that we can change the decision or not, we will refer your case to the Administrative Court, which will assess the case independently.

The appeal should be addressed to the Administrative Court in Stockholm, but submitted to the National Agency for Education at one of the following addresses:

Skolverket
Box 4002
171 04 Solna

E-mail to skolverket@skolverket.se

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National registry of certified teachers and preschool teachers

The National Agency for Education keeps a record of all certified teachers and preschool teachers in a national registry. The registry is used by education providers, heads of schools and preschools and the Swedish Schools Inspectorate to ensure the eligibility and qualifications of teachers and preschool teachers.

You can request a copy of records by e-mailing lleg.registerutdrag@skolverket.se

or by calling our information service at +46 (0)8-527 332 00

Senast uppdaterad 04 juni 2021

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    FAQ

    After receiving your appeal, we will review your case to assess whether there are reasons for us to change our decision. Regardless of whether we find that we can change the decision or not, we will refer your case to the Administrative Court, which will assess the case independently.

    No, we will send your decision and certification electronically, to the e-mail that you provided on your application form.

    If there is no e-mail address registered in your case, we will send the decision and certification to your home address instead.

    We do not issue certifications in English, but we can provide a document verifying that you have a Swedish certification as a teacher or preschool teacher. To request such a document, e-mail us at lleg.registerutdrag@skolverket.se.