How to obtain a licence

Demonstrate what you know

If you want to apply for a Swedish licence, you must first take a series of steps to demonstrate that you possess the knowledge required to practice the profession. You must also know Swedish and be familiar with the laws and regulations to which the healthcare system is subject.

First take the steps, then apply

To obtain a licence you need to do the following:

  • Have your education assessed.
  • Learn Swedish.
  • Take a proficiency test.
  • Take a course in Swedish laws and regulations.
  • Undergo clinical training.

Once you have completed all the steps, apply for a Swedish licence. The length of time it takes to complete the steps will vary according to your individual situation, but you can expedite the process by starting to study Swedish as soon as possible.

If your previous education does not meet Swedish qualifications, you can go to school

If you do not have a post-secondary degree or if your education is not equivalent to the system in Sweden, you can go to school to obtain a Swedish degree and then apply for a licence to practice your profession.

Go to and to learn about application procedures and admission requirements. If you were previously educated for or practiced a profession, the college or university that admits you may determine that you can expedite your studies.