European Professional Card for Estate Agents

From January 18th estate agents will be amongst the first professions able to apply for a European Professional Card EPC). The other professions included in the first group to benefit from the EPC are general care nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and mountain guides. The aim of the EPC is to make it easier for professionals to offer services throughout the EU by simplifying the procedure for getting their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country.

The EPC was introduced in the modernised Professional Qualifications Directive, followed by an implementing regulation adopted last year for the first five professions. It is not a plastic card, but an electronic certificate issued via the first EU-wide fully online procedure for the recognition of qualifications. It is based on the existing Internal Market Information system and allows professionals and the regulating national authorities to communicate within a secure network. The application documents lodged by a professional will first be checked by the national authorities in his/her country of origin.

The EPC will be available to professionals on a voluntary basis. It does not replace the procedure foreseen for the recognition of qualifications by the Professional Qualifications Directive. It is an alternative which is intended to be quicker and easier for professionals to use. It is available for those who want to practise their profession in another EU country on a temporary and occasional basis or establish themselves there on a permanent basis. When an application has been approved the professional will be able to generate an EPC certificate in pdf format.

In the future the EPC may be extended to other professions which meet the criteria set out in the Professional Qualifications Directive. In the meantime CEPI looks forward to its successful implementation for estate agents.

Further information about the procedure and deadlines is available at .

European Professional Card (EPC) Brochure

European Professional Card (EPC) Video (subtitled in all EU languages)