New Certificate Policy Opens Door for Professional Work in China

Nov 26, 2021

On August 23, 2021, Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau and Beijing Municipal Talent Work Bureau released the Overseas Professional Qualification Approval Catalog (Version 1.0), in order to vigorously promote the development of the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for Opening up the Services Sector and China (Beijing) Pilot Free Trade Zone (hereinafter referred to as the "two zones").


Its goals include further promoting a higher level of opening to the outside world and building an internationally competitive mechanism for attracting talents.


Here are the benefits of this Catalog to support and encourage talents to innovate and start businesses in Beijing.


1. More Convenience


Foreigners who hold a qualification listed  in the "Catalogue" based on  their working experience outside China can be regarded as having the same qualifications as those with experience inside China;


When applying for a work permit, applicants are not restricted by academic qualifications, degrees, and work experience, and their age can be up to 65 (for the talents of high-precision and advanced industrial fields, the age limit can be relaxed to 70 years of age);


When going through the entry and exit formalities the applicant can apply for multiple visas or residence permits valid for less than 5 years, and those who meet the necessary conditions can be considered for a  permanent residence application.


After the port visa policy is resumed, he/she can apply for a visa from the port visa department of the public security bureau.


2. Strengthen support and guarantee


After signing a labor contract with a company in Beijing, he/she is eligible to enjoy the benefits which the city’s talent introduction and work and residence permits policies include;


The relevant departments can provide measures of support for innovation and entrepreneurship, talent training, social security, evaluation and incentives, etc.


3. Build a check and verification service platform


The Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau is building an overseas vocational qualification certificate inquiry and verification service platform to provide inquiry and verification services for the authenticity of overseas vocational qualification certificates in the "catalog";


The certificates checking result can be the basis for applying for work permits, residence permits, and talent introduction benefits and grants in Beijing, and notarization and authentication will not be needed.

4. Establish a dynamic adjustment mechanism for the "Catalogue". 

In accordance with the city development of the "two districts", the Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau will work with relevant departments to upgrade and improve the "Catalogue" in a timely manner to support both domestic and abroad professionals to come to Beijing to innovate and start businesses.


Here are the organizations of the Catalog (Version 1.0). If you have obtained a required level certificate/diploma from them, you will enjoy the benefits mentioned above.


In Australia

  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)Australia

  • Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

  • Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

  • Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

  • Victorian Institute of Teaching

  • Queensland College of Teachers

  • Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory

  • Australian Skills Quality Authority

  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—Pharmacy  Board of Australia

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency


In Canada

  • Ontario College of Teachers

  • Ministry of Education, British Columbia

  • Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board


In France

Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute

In Germany

Siemens Mechanotronic System Certificate Program


In Greece

PeopleCert International


In Hong Kong, China

  • Education Bureau

  • The Physiotherapists Board

  • The Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong (the Board) 


In Ireland

The Teaching Council


In Macau, China

  • The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau

  • Health Services


In the Netherlands

  • Examination Institute For Information Science, Information Systems Examination Board

  • Association Montessori Internationale


In New Zealand

New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance


In Singapore

  • Ministry of Social and Family Development

  • Institute of Technical Education Singapore

In Spain

Spanish Basketball Federation


In Taiwan, China

Ministry of Examination


In the UK

  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

  • The London Institute of Banking & Finance

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

  • The Association of International Accountants

  • The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers

  • Cambridge Assessment English

  • The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

  • Royal Academy of Dance

  • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

  • The Gemmological Association of Great Britain

  • Health&care professions council

  • The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health

  • General Pharmaceutical Council


In the USA

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute

  • National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

  • Institute of Management Accountants

  • Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

  • Project Management Institute

  • IEEE Computer Society

  • Association for Computing Machinery

  • New York State Department of Education

  • Michigan Department of Education

  • Alabama State Department of Education

  • Colorado Department of Education

  • Connecticut State Department of Education

  • Delaware Department of Education

  • State of Hawaii, Hawaii Teacher Standards Board

  • Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

  • Louisiana Department of Education

  • New Hampshire Department of Education

  • South Dakota Department of Education

  • Texas State Board For Educator Certification

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

  • Virginia Department of Education

  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • American Welding Society

  • Michigan Department of license and regulatory affairs

  • American International Vocational Certification Association


The Others

  • Asian Football Confederation

  • Union of European Football Associations

  • International Basketball Federation


Since the organizations issue various certificates/diplomas at different levels and the Chinese government only recognized the first batch of them, if you are not sure if yours is included, we provide this check and verification service. Once the Catalog (Version 2.0) is issued, we will share it with you immediately.

(Source: Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau Website; Edited by Foreign HR)

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