Abu Dhabi is one of the premier destinations for overseas foreign workers bound for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Most workers choose the emirate for its more laid-back, relaxed atmosphere. Healthcare professionals, in particular, have been flocking to Abu Dhabi in droves for decades. The Department of Health, more popularly known as HAAD, is overseeing the assessments for the eligibility to practice in the emirate. This includes Primary Source Verification (PSV) of your Certificates, as well as an examination. Pearson Vue conducts the examinations in their international testing centers.
What is required?
An applicant must meet all the Professional Qualification Requirements (PQR) as set by the Department of Health (DOH). You need a completed PSV Report for your documents before you can sit the examinations. We have listed all the required documents needed in a prior article. Once your documents have been verified, you can now schedule your exam with Pearson Vue.
Examinations’ validity and number of tries
The exam is valid for five years, provided you still meet the PQR guidelines. If you do not have an employer yet, you must find one before the validity expires. Otherwise, you would need to sit one again. As for the number of tries, you have three tries to pass the examinations. If you have sat for an exam with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) under Prometric and failed, that will count as one attempt. The same goes with the Ministry of Health (MOH).
How do you schedule an exam?
Once you receive your PSV report, log in to the HAAD website and click on “E-licensing”. Choose the option “Examination”, then “Exam Scheduling”. You need to enter your application number, then click on “Search”, then click “Book”. Pay the exam fees (it’s usually US$94.59 for International Testing Centers) and print the exam ticket. You need to bring this with you on exam day.
On exam day, you need to provide your passport and another government-issued ID. You will be provided with a locker to stash your personal effects. You will go through strict security measures, including emptying out your pockets. They will even check your glasses and jewelry for any hidden recording devices. You can take an unscheduled break during the exam, but remember that the exam is timed. Use your time judiciously. Good luck!