In the Netherlands we have regulated professions and regulated study programmes.
A regulated profession is a profession where access to or practice of a profession is restricted to those who meet the professional qualifications required by law. You must prove that you have the right education and professional experience to practise this profession.
In the Netherlands, for certain professions there are regulated education or training programmes. These are secondary vocational education and training, level 3 and 4 (mbo-niveau 3 en 4), that are recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
A Dutch citizen obtains an Optician's Diploma on mbo-qualification level 4 within senior secondary vocational education and training (mbo) in the Netherlands. He wants to work abroad in another EU Member State in the same profession. The profession of Optician is not regulated in the Netherlands. The profession is regulated in the host country. Because of the fact that the study programme for Optician is regulated in the Netherlands, as is explained above, this person should be treated the same by the competent authority in the host Member State as someone who has qualified for the regulated profession of Optician.
SBB, Department for Credential Evaluation