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How to Get a Medical License for Health Professionals in Ethiopia|Updated Requirements 2022

Requirements for Obtaining a Health Profession License

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 this application can only be started 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.

1. Addis Ababa City Administration Health Bureau licensure Requirements

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:-

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

The location is in Bahirdar

 4. SNNPR Health Bureau

For information contact

5. Sidama Regional Health Bureau requirements

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

7. Benishangul Gumuz Regional State Health Bureau Requirements

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

Health Professionals’ Licensing Requirements For Foreigners

 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

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 detailed information visit the official site below

Ministry of Health

A Section of this article is referred from Doctors Online Ethiopia

WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma-Med In Ethiopia Team

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WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma

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