Employment in the Italian Public Administration is usually dependent upon a public competition. The holders of a foreign qualification of any level (secondary school or higher education), subject to the relevant requirements mandated by the present regulations relating to public employment, can participate in competitions for employment positions in the Italian public administrations via a recognition procedure triggered by Art. 38 of Legislative Decree 165/2001, as modified by Art. 8 of the Law Decree n. 5 of 9 February, 2012. The procedure and the documents to be produced are indicated in Art. 2 of Presidential Decree 189/2009.
NB: This procedure has the function of evaluating the principal qualification requested by the competition announcement. For the evaluation of further foreign qualification with a view to increasing bonus points in a competition or for furthering a career inside the public administration kindly read on.
The scope of this procedure
is to evaluate the comparability of the foreign qualification to that of the
Italian qualification specified in a certain competition announcement with a
view to access to the exams of that competition, without an Italian qualification
being awarded (equivalence). This procedure is concurrent with the public
competition in question, therefore it is necessary to attach the specific
competition announcement to the request for comparability.
This procedure is not
relevant in the case of “competitions” referring to restricted professions (ex.
Teacher) or in the case of access to PhD programmes.
The body responsible for
this procedure is the
Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri - Dipartimento della Funzione Pubblica - UOLP - Servizio per le assunzioni e la mobilità
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 116 - 00186 Roma
possible to download online the Form for the request for comparability of a foreign qualification of an academic nature
prepared by the Department of Public Affairs: in this form all the necessary
documents for the presentation of the request are indicated, as is the relevant
office of the Ministry of Education, Universities and Researchto send them to.
If the principal Italian
qualification needed for the participation in a competition is already held and
the applier wishes to introduce further foreign titles with a view to
increasing bonus points in competitions or for furthering a career inside the
public administration, the contents of Art. 3 comma 1 letter a) of the Presidential Decree n. 189 of 30 July, 2009, may be applied.
procedure may be applied only to foreign qualifications awarded in one of the
countries signatory to the Lisbon Recognition Convention.
The request must be
presented directly to the administration that has issued the competition
announcement, and must include the following documentation:
- qualification, translated and legally
- analytical certificate of exams taken, with
- documentation testifying to the finality for
which the recognition of qualification is being requested;
- statement of validity (Dichiarazione di valore): this document is not
necessary for qualifications from countries inside the EU, EEA/EFTA and the
The relevant administration will send the
documentation to MIUR which will issue a final ruling within 90 days and will transmit it both to
the administration and to the interested party.