Adventure, exotic culture, a fast-growing economy – all of these make the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area an attractive region for migrant workers. According to the International Labor Organization, the number of migrant workers in the Arab States account for 35.6 percent of all workers in the region and it’s bound to grow in the next decade. The healthcare sector, in particular, has a lot of vacancies. There’s also a lot of competition for it, and if you want to be one of the lucky ones, you need to raise your game. Be open-minded and prepare yourself mentally for the application process. Educate yourself as to what the requirements are in getting a healthcare job in one of the GCC Countries.
Requirements for a Healthcare Job in the GCC Countries
Education and Documentation
Your home country should recognize the diploma issued by your college/university/educational institution. The educational program in your field of study should be nationally accredited. For nurses, regulators usually ask for the Bachelor Degree certificate, the Transcript of Records, as well as the Internship records. Some regulators also require the High School diploma. For doctors and dentists, the Doctorate diploma is needed – the main medical/dental qualification. Specialists would need to submit both the Doctorate diploma and the relevant specialization.
You cannot get a healthcare job in the region without having a license to practice your profession. You need a license issued by your nation’s managing body, i.e., Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) for Filipinos; Qatar Council for Health Practitioners (QCHP) if you got your license from Qatar. Your license from the regulatory body of the country where you last worked will also be accepted.
The most stringent qualifications, obviously, are for Specialists. Most regulators require specialists to submit the last eight (8) years of their employment. Doctors and dentists need their last five years experience certificates, while nurses and other healthcare professions just need their last three years’. It’s safe to say that the minimum experience needed for nurses is three years, and so on.
Certificate of Good Standing
Not all regulators need the Certificate of Good Standing. It would be good practice to have this ready, though. The health managing body of your country of origin should be the issuer. It can also be the one from the country where you last worked.
Other Documents and PSV Report
As with any other job applications, you would need your résumé, pictures, and photocopies of your passport. GCC regulators also require you to get your DataFlow PSV Report. You can choose to get it via the usual channel (from the regulator’s site) or you can choose to own your PSV Report via TrueProfile.io.
You can now look forward to successfully getting that dream healthcare job in the GCC!