Degrees & Licensing

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    The role of optometrists is to provide vision care, not to function as eye doctors, and many of the responsibilities held by optometrists in North America are only performed in Israel by ophthalmologists.

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    Lab Technicians

    If you have a BA or MA in laboratory work, you will be automatically recognized as a lab technician in Israel. If you studied other areas, you will be required to work for 6 months in a recognized laboratory. At the end of the work period, you will need to take a licensing exam.

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    As Israel holds the distinction of having the most lawyers per capita of any country in the world, lawyers can be found in any city. By far, the largest number of lawyers and law firms can be found in Tel Aviv, with Haifa and Jerusalem following distantly behind. Salary levels for attorneys in Tel Aviv are usually higher than those in Jerusalem. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv also have possibilities in governmental work. Occasionally, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University require the services of a lawyer from abroad with a particular area of expertise. Alternatively, many lawyers go into private practice, either on their own or in partnership with other advocates.

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    About 85% of all dentists in Israel work in private clinics or in group practice. Other employment opportunities include Kupot Holim, school clinics, Kibbutzim and hospitals. Dentists working in public institutions are allowed to work in private clinics as well.

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    Working as a Foreign Licensed Lawyer in Israel – The New Law

    The new law amends a longstanding legal requirement for all lawyers in Israel (including those that have made Aliyah and had no intention of working in Israeli law) to be regulated and registered with the Israeli Bar Association (IBA). For the first time, with the IBA’s backing, foreign licensed attorneys can advise Israeli clients on matters pertaining to the law in the jurisdictions in which they are licensed. For instance, a U.S. lawyer can now advise Israeli companies and entrepreneurs about matters pertaining to U.S. law, without having to fulfill the requirements that had been imposed on all Israeli lawyers.

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    Getting Started with the Israel Securities Authority (ISA)

    if you thought obtaining your CFA or Series 7 licensing was difficult, if you are proud of yourself for getting a 4.0 while attaining an Ivy League MBA, well, you haven’t seen anything yet. Dealing with the glacially-moving ISA will test your patience, your desire to remain in the financial sector and perhaps even your desire to remain in Israel. However, as Herculean a task it can be, it isn’t impossible. Now that I have prefaced this, let me explain what I know to be the facts and rules in obtaining an Investment Advisor (IA – Miktzoet Aleph) or Portfolio Manager license (PM – Miktzoet Bet).

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    Nurse’s Assistant

    To relieve pressure on registered nurses in hospitals and clinics due to their growing shortage, Misrad Habriut (Ministry of Health) has established and recognized a new medical profession – Nurse Assistants (NAs). NAs will work directly with and under the supervision of nurses and must undergo special training.

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    some accountants have developed businesses filing U.S. tax returns for American Olim and acting as tax consultants. Although there are jobs available for North Americans without an Israeli CPA, having this added certification can open doors professionally and enable you to climb higher on the corporate ladder.

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    Notarization Services

    As part of the Israeli medical licensing process, Misrad HaBriut requires that certain documentation be translated into Hebrew, the translations of which must be certified by an Israeli notary. There are fixed rates for notarization which are set annually by Misrad Hamishpatim (Ministry of Justice) and are non-negotiable.

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    Chiropractic Medicine

    Chiropractors in Israel work primarily in private practice, as well as through the Kupot. The Israeli Chiropractic Society currently has over 70 members. For more information about the Society, see or call 09 882 4396. To become a member, you must have graduated from an accredited chiropractic college. All Israeli chiropractors studied in colleges abroad, as there is no course of study available in Israel.

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    In order to obtain a license from the Ministry of Health, you must personally submit your request at the Bureau of Health closest to your home (according to the address written in your Israeli Identification Card.)

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    Dental Hygienists

    In order to be recognized as a dental hygienist in Israel, one must be licensed by Misrad HaBriut (Ministry of Health). In order to obtain a license you must: Meet the educational requirements of Misrad HaBriut, Pass the licensing examination.

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    Ph.D Recognition

    If you are working in the public sector, including government offices, hospitals, etc., you must have your Ph.D recognized by Misrad HaChinuch. In the public sector, recognition of your Ph.D will affect both your rank and salary. If you’re working for a private organization or a post-doc, you will not need to have your degree recognized at all.

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    Physician’s Exam

    If you completed medical school but did not start a residency or perform an internship, you are required to do a one year intership (‘stage’) before entering residency. In order to qualify for an internship spot, you must pass a particular licensing exam.

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    Dental Exam Sample

    Please note: The illustrations accompanying the tasks are specific for the text of the exam.
    You are therefore required to return the illustrations together with your answers since without them
    it will not be possible to check your answers. The examination form, illustrations or part of them
    may not be removed from the examination hall, or copied.