Our Role

Ecctis: the internationally respected voice in qualifications recognition

Ecctis is a leading information service provider offering impartial, trusted judgement on international qualifications.

Our services have been developed to ensure that the skills, competencies and qualifications of those coming to the UK to work, study, practice or settle are recognised at the appropriate level in the UK. Our services support every university in the UK, all colleges that admit international students, employers, professional bodies, UK Government departments, and immigration advisers, and help them understand more about educational, vocational, and professional systems outside the UK.

Ecctis manages and operates three qualifications, skills, migration, and professional mobility functions on behalf of the UK Government:

UK ENIC

UK ENIC is the designated United Kingdom national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills.

Operating under contract to the Department for Education (DfE), UK ENIC serves as the UK’s information point on the recognition of overseas qualifications. We also provide the only official source of information on international education systems and qualifications attained from outside the UK, as prescribed by the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

UK ENIC is part of the European Network of Information Centres (ENICs) and the wider ENIC-NARIC network

Visas and Nationality Services

The Visas and Nationality services, delivered under contract with the Home Office, allows migrants with overseas degrees to meet requirements on English language proficiency and the standards and authenticity of qualifications as required by the immigration rules.

Specifically, these services allow individuals to:

  • Prove English language proficiency by aligning Bachelor, Master’s or PhD degree(s) to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and confirming their academic level;
  • Demonstrate the eligibility to qualify for tradeable points under the Skilled Worker route by proving the level and authenticity of PhDs.

UK CPQ

The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (CPQ) is the national point of contact on matters relating to the recognition of professional qualifications. We perform this function on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The CPQ provides information and signposting on systems of professional recognition in the UK, EU Member States, EEA, Switzerland and jurisdictions covered by Free Trade Agreements or other recognition agreements to professionals, competent authorities and overseas contact points.

We also work with key UK stakeholders and associated international contact points to smooth the process of professional qualification recognition and facilitate the transition of professionals to and from the UK.

In collaboration with UK competent authorities, we also collect, input and maintain information on the UK Regulated Professions to feed into government systems.