University Teaching Qualification (UTQ)

The University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) is proof of the didactical competence of lecturers in academic education. The UTQ is recognised by all 14 Dutch universities. You obtain your UTQ via your own faculty.

Target audience

The UTQ is meant for anyone who teaches, designs and evaluates within an academic program. The UTQ is required for tenures longer than 1 year and with a minimum of 0,3 FTE*.

Some educational qualifications obtained abroad are recognised by faculties in line with the UTQ. If you have questions about this, contact the UTQ assessment committee of your faculty to discuss what you might still need to do to be granted the UTQ.

*The amount of FTE might differ per faculty

This image contains a roadmap for obtaining the UTQ. The steps are as follows, from the top down: attending an information meeting, autonomous learning and working, compiling your portfolio and faculty assessment and obtaining your UTQ.


Obtaining the UTQ knows no fixed route or duration. Developing the required competences needed to obtain your UTQ is personal and dependent on your experience in education, previously obtained qualifications and autonomous effort. With your UTQ portfolio, you show that you meet the UTQ competences.

This portfolio forms the basis for the assessment at the assessment committee of your faculty. You compile your portfolio individually. As support, you can take part in UTQ communities, facilitated by Educational Advice & Teacher Development (EATD), in which you receive guidance in small groups.

Starting moment

The development of your teaching position and didactical competence starts with your first tenure and is strongly dependent on your own initiatives. Because of the personal nature of the UTQ, lecturers are strongly advised to attend an information meeting during their first months as lecturer at Radboud University.

What will it cost me?

Time, space in your work and effort. Obtaining the UTQ within Radboud University is free of charge.

See the planned information meetings and communities