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UAE: First group of teachers receive new licenses – News

Educators must hold a license to legally work in the UAE

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Published: Thu 17 March 2022, 11:49

Last update: Thu 17 March 2022, 11:52

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has started issuing licenses to eligible teachers who have passed the required tests.

The process of issuing the license for educational professions will be done in three phases, according to the Ministry of Education. The first group of teachers received their licenses earlier this week, while the next two groups will get them on March 21 and 28.

The Educational Professions License is a permit issued by the MoE after meeting specific requirements, which allows the holder to work in the field of education.

The UAE had introduced the pilot phase of the UAE Teachers’ License System (TLS) in 2017. And from 2021, the TLS Teaching License has become a requirement for education professionals in the Emirates United Arabs. All principals, vice principals, managers, and teachers working in public and private schools must hold a UAE teacher’s license to legally work in the country.

The system was co-developed by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA), Ministry of Education (MoE), Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Department of Education and Knowledge Abu Dhabi (Adek) and the Abu Dhabi Center for Technical and Vocational Training. (ACTVET).

The license is obtained by passing two tests, one in pedagogy and the other in the area of ​​specialization of the teacher.

If the candidate does not meet the exam criteria, then the system introduces customized training courses according to the level indicated on the exam to achieve the required result.

Teachers will have the opportunity to redo any failed assessment for a period of 24 months.

The Education Professions Licensing System aims to measure the performance of workers in the education sector (teachers, school leaders and school professions) to ensure their ability to practice their profession with high efficiency and to enable ongoing development and support through effective support programs.

It also aims to provide them with a high level of knowledge and efficiency to provide high quality education to students positively reflecting the educational process in the country and ensuring that it meets the demands of this era of knowledge as well than future challenges.

How to request the license

All teachers must register for TLS as announced by the Department of Professional Licensing.

To complete the registration process:

– Employees of private schools must enter the enrollment PIN code which is provided to school principals.

– Public school employees must register with their MoE email.

Registered education professionals can book the tests through the system or confirm their attendance through a specific procedure announced to them by e-mail.

Target groups determined by the Professional Licensing Department are notified of test dates and locations to take the specified tests as soon as they are ready.


Educators who are not registered with the TLS system will not be asked to go through the testing process and therefore will not be issued a license.

License fees

The total cost of the license for non-holders of international professional licenses is 300 Dh, which includes the price of the tests and the issuance of the professional license.

As per teacher license fee regulations, Dh250 will apply for all tests the first time and an additional Dh100 will be charged when retesting or individual assessment. After completing all the procedures, Dh50 is applicable for obtaining the license.

The regulations also set an amount of 100 Dh to assess the portfolio of professional achievements after obtaining the license as part of the renewal process.