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European Professional Card for a real estate agent

Do you want to go to another EU country to work there as a real estate agent? You can have your qualifications recognised in the country in which you wish to work by obtaining the European Professional Card (EPC). Read below to find out more.

How to proceed

This procedure can be completed:

  • electronically
Complete the procedure online

Log in to EU Login. If you do not have an EU Login account yet - create one and fill in the application.

What you should know and who can use this service

The European Professional Card is proof that your professional qualifications have been recognised by the country in which you want to work (host country). If you only intend to travel to another EU country for a short period of time, your card will confirm that you meet the conditions and that you can temporarily or occasionally provide services in that country.

The card replaces the procedure for recognition of qualifications and the provision of cross-border services and is valid in the country you are planning to go to.

You can apply for the European Professional Card if:

  • you want to pursue your profession temporarily and occasionally in another EU country, or
  • you want to move to another EU country and practise your profession there permanently.

If you have qualifications from outside the European Union, you can apply for the European Professional Card provided that:

  • your qualifications have already been recognised in an EU country,
  • you have at least 3 years' experience in the exercise of your profession. A period of 3 years starts from the date of recognition of your qualifications.

When you should complete this procedure

At any time

Where you can complete this procedure

Ministerstwo Rozwoju, Pracy i Technologii
Pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5, 00-507 Warszawa

What to do step by step

  1. Apply for the European Professional Card

Your European Professional Card will be issued in Poland. Submit your application for your EPC electronically to the Ministry for Development, Labour and Technology. To apply, create an account in the EU Login system (European Commission Authentication Service). Once you have saved all the information in your profile, you can create an application, attach scanned copies of the relevant documents and send them to the Ministry for Development, Labour and Technology.

The Ministry will verify whether your application is correct and complete. It will also certify the authenticity and validity of your documents. If everything is in order, it will forward your documents to the competent authority in the country you are planning to go to.

You can track the status of your application online.

Documents

You can submit a document as:
Oryginał
  1. You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application

You will receive an e-mail informing you that the Ministry has received your application and about any possible fees for the processing of your application. The Ministry may also request you complete any missing documents. The official may ask you to provide certified copies of your documents if they are unable to check their validity.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Oryginał

Time limit

You will be informed within one week from submission of your application.

  1. You will receive information that your application is complete and has been transferred to the country in which you want to work.

The Ministry will verify your documents and then forward them in the IMI system to the country where you want to practise your profession.

You will be informed by e-mail.

Documents

Time limit

If you want to have your qualifications recognised and leave permanently, the Ministry will examine your application and send it to the institutions of the host country: 

  • within 5 weeks of receiving a complete application, or
  • within one month of receiving the missing documents.

If you want to work on a temporary basis, the Ministry will examine your application and send it to the institutions of the host country: 

  • within 4 weeks of receiving a complete application, or
  • within 3 weeks of receiving the missing documents.
  1. Collect your European Professional Card

  • If your application is approved, you can generate an EPC certificate (in pdf format).
  • If the institution in the country to which you want to go does not process your application in a timely manner, your professional qualifications will be recognised automatically and you can generate an EPC certificate yourself via your online account.
  • If the institution rejects your application, it must give reasons and inform you how you can appeal.
  • If your education, training and work experience do not meet the standards required in the country you want to go to, the host country institution may ask you to take an aptitude test or complete an adaptation period. The test or adaptation period are aimed at ensuring you have the required level of qualifications. In some countries, you will have to pay for the adaptation period or the test. Only after you have completed your qualifications will you receive the EPC.

Documents

You will receive a document as:
Dokument elektroniczny

How much you will have to pay

Both the ministry and the institution in the host country can charge you a fee for examination of your documentation. If they do so, you will receive a separate invoice from each office. The Ministry for Development, Labour and Technology does not charge a fee for processing your application when you are permanently moving to another country. However, if you need the EPC to work in another EU country only for a certain period of time, the Ministry will charge you a fee of PLN 84 (3% of the minimum remuneration for work in the given year).

Below you will find examples of charges in selected countries:

Austria:

  • EUR 13.4 to 70 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Belgium:

  • approx. EUR 460 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Croatia

  • HRK 70 - if you are moving there permanently
  • HRK 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Cyprus:

  • EUR 350 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Ireland:

  • EUR 100 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Sweden:

  • SEK 2300 - if you are moving there permanently
  • SEK 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Slovenia:

  • EUR 150 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

Italy:

  • EUR 32 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

France, Luxembourg:

  • EUR 0 - if you are moving there permanently
  • EUR 0 - if you are only providing your services temporarily there

How long you will have to wait

You will receive your card within a maximum of 3 months after you have submitted a complete set of documents.

How can you appeal

If your application is rejected, you have 14 days to apply for reconsideration. Such application should be submitted to the Ministry for Development.

Good to know

If you have the EPC and want to receive another one, valid in another country, you can reuse the documents already submitted. The authority will use the information contained in the European Professional Card and documents held in a repository (if still valid) when you recognise qualifications or temporarily provide services in another EU Member State. Your documents are stored in the system and you do not need to upload them once again. This will save you time when submitting new applications.

Who can check the validity of your card

Employers, professional organisations or other interested parties can check the validity of your EPC online based on its reference number. They will need your identity card or passport number provided in your application.

Once you have received your EPC, you can then apply through the IMI system to the authority to:

  • update, complete or correct your data in the IMI system,
  • block your EPC,
  • remove your documentation from the IMI system.

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