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Would you like to get started as a self-employed entrepreneur? Then you need to meet certain requirements – according to Belgian law. Furthermore, it’s possible that you’re expected to provide proof for certain skills. Find out whether this applies to you and to what extent.
Since 1 January 2019, there are no more regulated occupations in Flanders. That means that there are no conditions to be able to practice a certain profession.
In Wallonia and Brussels, on the other hand, there are some regulated occupations. To practice these professions, you need to prove that you have the right knowledge and/or skills. In practice, that regards specific professional skills or a basic knowledge of business management.
Only diplomas or certificates granted by officially recognised educational institutions are accepted. Diplomas and certificates from private schools or institutions aren’t.
With this test, you need to be able to prove that you have the necessary skills and experience. For more information about the practical tests, you can contact our advisors.
You need to prove your experience with written documents, such as proof of being a member of a social insurance fund, an employment contract or a certificate from your (former) employer. Based on your written documents, our one-stop shop for entrepreneurs will decide if you have sufficient practical experience.
If you don’t have a degree or practical experience, a certificate that demonstrates your basic knowledge of business management can suffice. You can obtain this certificate by taking an exam with the central examination board in Brussels or Wallonia.
Another option is to take a course in an IFAPME training centre.
There are exceptions to the requirements of proving your basic skills and or knowledge. You’ll be exempt if:
Don’t have a certificate, but your spouse or assistant/employee has one? That could be a solution.
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