Requirements for a License for Health Professionals 

One of the most important things in a health professionals’ career is being licensed and certified. To do so couple of steps should be taken.  First and foremost, a health science degree should be acquired from a known university/college. Next to completion of a required year for a specified health field, a COC is given to assess competence in providing health care so as to meet the transformation agenda ‘Quality & Equity in Health Care. After this licensure applications can be started. It must be known that license for health professionals can only be obtained with a pass result in COC.

When announced You can Check Your COC Result Here

For graduates from a private college you need to authenticate your temporary/official degree and transcript at HERQA (የከፍተኛ ትምህርት አግባብነት ጥራት ኤጀንሲ) which is located around in front of US Embassy for students residing in Addis Ababa.

The requirements for a health profession licensure have a little variation from one state to the other. The following are the requirements for the specific states, so make sure to double check before applying.

 You can only take your license from the state bureau you completed your high school education.

Also see, Become a licensed health professional in the UAE

1. Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau

  • Grade 8-12 documents (original and copy)
  • Temporary certificate (original and copy)
  • Medical Certificate ( 100-150birr, in health centers)
  • 2 Photographs
  • 200 birr
  • COC result

Applicants should directly apply by going to Tomy Tower, Bole around Flamingo, Addis Ababa

Call this number for further information 0111550244

2. Oromia Regional State Health Bureau

To get Your License From Oromia National Regional State You Need:-

  • Transcript from Grade 8 up-to university (Original and copy)
  • Medical certificate
  • Photo (3*4cm)
  • Tempo
  • COC result
  • And 100 Birr Payment

License is recieved from Addis Ababa, Oromia National Regional State Health Bureau Office, Sarbet near Sarbet pusinik square

Call this number for further information 0113690548 or the Short Code 7482

3.  Amhara National Regional State Health Bureau

  • Temporary certificate
  • 2 photos (3*4cm)
  • Student list from university
  • Medical certificate
  • COC result

The location is in Bahirdar

 4. SNNPR Health Bureau

  • Filled application form
  • Photo (3*4cm)
  • Receipt of payment through Ethiopian commercial bank (diploma: 28 birr, degree and masters: 54 birr, doctorate:100 birr)
  • All documents From Grade 8 to University
  • COC result

For information contact

5. Sidama Regional Health Bureau

  • Medical Certificate
  • Tempo (original and copy)
  • All documents From Grade 8 to University
  • 3 photos (3*4cm)
  • COC result

All Materials are taken to Sidama Regional State Health Bureau found near Hawassa Piyasa Gabriel Church. First, the payment request paper Is taken from the Licensure office to Sidama Region Finance Bureau. Next, Birr 54 is paid. Lastly, the receipt is taken back to Sidama Regional State Health Bureau and license is given.

6. Dire Dawa Administration Health Bureau

  • Temporary certificate
  • 2 photos
  • Medical
  • COC result
  • Transcript from Grade 8 up-to university ( original and copy)

7. Benishangul Gumuz Regional State Health Bureau

  • All documents From Grade 8 to University
  • For Private College Graduates You Need to Copy Them
  • Tempo
  • 2 photos (3*4cm)
  • 50 birr for medical Certificate
  • COC result

N.B: documents from grade 8 to university include·

  • University Entrance Certificate Copy
  • Matric Certificate original &  Copy
  • Ministry Certificate original &  Copy
  • Grade 9&10 Transcript original & Copy
  • Grade 11&12 Transcript original & cop

License for Foreigner Health Professionals

Any health professional who is not an Ethiopian citizen, can apply for a license of Ethiopian health professional. The following are requirements to do so:

1. Professional documents including

  • Authenticated academic document (Degree, Diploma, Certificate, Transcript for both undergraduate and post-graduate)
  • Authenticated professional license from country of origin
  • Current work experience and/or letter of good standing from country of origin (the work experience should be two years and above)
  • Equivalence letter from Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA)

2.Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certificate/s

3. Health examination certificate which is not past more than three months

4. English language proficiency certificate (for those coming from non-English speaking countries)

5. One pass-port size photograph (not more than six months)

6. Passport copy

7. Request letter from the hiring/ requesting health facility in Ethiopia

8. The hiring organization in Ethiopia shall attach a legal renewed license of the organization and mention the scope of the professional practice together with the request letter.

9. Fill the application form by going to the health professional registration and licensing office.

10. For those who inquire license for more than three months service a 100-dollar fee is required.


The following is sample application form for license for health professionals

For detailed information on license for health professionals visit the official site below

Ministry of Health

A Section of this article is referred from Doctors Online Ethiopia

Also see, How to Open a Medical Office Practice



  1. This is yilma Delelegn expert clinical nurse before 2012 us that time corona virus is epidemic I can’t renewal my license it passes 2yeasrsand3month please can you help me I know there is a link to online but not active what is the solution

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