Who We Are

The Centre for Professional Qualifications (CPQ) covers all aspects of professional qualifications in an international context, expanding beyond the EU borders. We provide advice and guidance to a variety of stakeholders in this area, including professionals, professional bodies, employers, and sector skills councils.

The CPQ also houses the Assistance Centre, which is designated by the UK Government to provide advice and guidance on the recognition of professional qualifications in line with Directive 2005/36/EC modified by Directive 2013/55/EU. We are part of a wider network of Assistance Centres in the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. The Assistance Centre replaces the UK National Contact Point for Professional Qualifications (UK NCP).

The function of the Assistance Centre is to aid the mobility of professionals throughout Europe, through providing essential information for qualified professionals to aid mobility throughout the EU. We will be able to guide you through the process of obtaining recognition of your professional qualifications. We can do this by providing the contact details of the appropriate Competent Authority in the UK and in the rest of Europe, as well as clarifying the regulations surrounding your profession in the UK.