Utrecht University was the first university in the Netherlands to introduce teaching qualifications, when it made the Basic Teaching Qualification mandatory for all its lecturers. Since then, all Dutch universities have adopted this policy.

Basic Teaching Qualification

The Basic Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie onderwijs, BKO) is mandatory for university lecturers.

To obtain the basic qualification, the candidate is required to teach students, discuss his or her findings with a tutor, prepare a teaching portfolio and submit this to a review committee. The teaching portfolio includes information and documentation and gives an idea of the teaching activities and qualities of the person concerned. The portfolio should also contain student evaluations for the candidate's teaching activities.

Each faculty further develops the university framework for the Basic Teaching Qualification to reflect the education it provides.

Senior Teaching Qualification

To become a senior lecturer or senior lecturer/researcher (Associate Professor), lecturers must posses a Senior Teaching Qualification (Seniorkwalificatie Onderwijs, SKO). Besides teaching students, lecturers in a senior position also oversee the teaching of academic programmes.

To obtain the Senior Teaching Qualification, the lecturer must hold a Basic Teaching Qualification and he or she must submit an academic CV to a review committee. This CV must include a description of relevant activities and products, a self-assessment and student evaluations.

Each faculty further develops the university framework for the Senior Teaching Qualification to reflect the eduction it provides.