There are no statutory competence requirements or specific training courses for those wishing to teach in higher education. HBO institutions and universities have their own individual requirements for teaching staff, though they have undertaken to make possession of a master’s degree a minimum requirement for all teaching staff in the short term.
Academic staff at universities have both research and teaching duties.
To ensure that they are sufficiently equipped to carry out their teaching duties, they often attend a course of training that leads to a ‘basic teaching qualification’ (BKO). Institutions have their own individual requirements for teaching staff.
After obtaining a basic teaching qualification, staff can progress to more advanced training, leading to a ‘senior teaching qualification’ (SKO).