Recognition of Qualifications

Recognition of Qualifications

Recognition of a qualification is an official confirmation by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) that a qualification or award meets the level in the National Qualifications Framework for the purposes of employment and/or access to education and training in the United Arab Emirates. This is done by comparing a qualification to a level in the National Qualifications Framework. The Recognition of qualification will be communicated to applicants as a specific numerical Level corresponding to the Levels in QFEmirates.

Value of Qualification Recognition For:


  • Consistency and alignment with national skills strategy and targets

Learners and Graduates:

  • Competencies for successful employment  
  • Progression to further and higher education
  • Opportunity to accumulate and transfer credits 
  • Enhanced market value


  • Employees with the skills and abilities needed 
  • Recognised professional development programmes for their employees
  • Endorsement of employer’s internal training programs

Training Providers and Awarding Bodies:

  • Recognition of qualifications in the UAE
  • Enhanced marketability and reputation
  • Competitive edge

Recognition of qualification service will be offered by Qualifications and Awards in Dubai (QAD) over the following two phases:

Phase 1 will include qualifications that are issued from countries with qualifications framework. (Launched on 3rd February 2016)

Phase 2 will include qualifications issued from countries without framework and professional qualifications (to be launched soon)

For more information, please contact Qualification and Awards in Dubai (QAD) at: 
Tel: +971 4 364 0000

or 800 KHDA (5432)


Roadmap for Recognition of international Qualifications

Roadmap for Recognition of international Qualifications

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