Validating diplomas in England requires patience and perseverance and the costs may be high, but it is a successful career investment in England. Firstly, in England, each profession is regulated by a body of its own, which is responsible for the validation of its Brazilian diploma. As there is a considerable variation between the professional qualification courses in Brazil and in England, the first step will be to know exactly what is the equivalence of your Brazilian course here. For this there is the NARIC (National Recognition Information Center), a government agency that advises foreigners on how to validate their professional and academic qualifications here.
From the analysis of its documentation, NARIC can provide a Statement of Comparability, attesting to the equivalence of its Brazilian qualifications, a document that is not required to revalidate its diploma, but may be required by some educational institutions or employers. NARIC can also issue a more complete document called the Career Path Report, which, in addition to equivalence, provides detailed information about your profession and guidelines for exercising it in England. If you dismiss the NARIC consultancy because you already know the equivalence of your diploma, you can go directly to the agency responsible for your profession. Health care personnel can obtain information on the council’s website in England, which is the HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council. If you are a physiotherapist or occupational therapist, for example, this is the organ to which to go.
Those who do not have European nationality and have graduated in medicine outside the UK will have to take an exam called PLAB – Professional and Linguistic Assessment Boards, before practicing medicine in England. On the website of the GMC – General Medical Council, the UK General Medicine Board, you will find the information necessary to recognize your qualifications and practice your profession legally in the country. What about the Brazilian dentists who are so successful in Europe? The body responsible for validating the diploma is the GDC – General Dental Council, which is equivalent to our CFO – Federal Council of Dentistry in Brazil. On their website you will find the guidelines for doing the ORE – Overseas Registration Exam, mandatory for those who want to take care of British smiles but did not graduate in the UK. The exam consists of a written test and a clinical test, which do not need to be done together. Four attempts are allowed on each test; after passing the written exam, you will have up to five years to do the clinical part.
Fluency in English
To practice your profession legally in England, you need to have full command of the English language. Unless you have a European passport, you will have to prove your fluency through the IELTS – International English Language Testing System. The IELTS exam is composed of four segments: listening, reading, writing and speaking. In each of these segments of the exam, you will receive a grade from 1 to 9. The minimum average required to revalidate Brazilian diplomas is 7, but you can not take less than 6.5 in any part of the exam. The proof of the IELTS result, which is valid for 2 years, will be one of the documents to be presented in the application for validation of your Brazilian diploma.
Important: all documents will have to be translated in English.