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Earn a certificate

Prove your Dutch skills with a CNaVT certificate! 

Registration are open now until March 15.

The 2024 exams are hold between May 1-15. 

Interested? Get in touch!

Are you planning to move, work or study in The Netherlands or Belgium?

You may need a certificate for:

  • A visa

  • School admissions

  • University course requirements

  • Employment

Dutch Academy is an official examiner of the CNaVT and organizes the exams in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. 

Please note: Some schools or unions in Europe have their own Dutch exams, check with the institution what you need and we can figure out how to get there!

CNaVT (Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language)


The CNaVT is known as ‘Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal’ (=Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language) and certifies language proficieny of Dutch as a foreign language worldwide, using task based and domain specific exams related to the CEFR.

CNaVT exams are organized all around the world for adults who want to prove their language proficiency in Dutch with an internationally recognized certificate. The CNaVT is also a segment of the Association of Language Tester in Europe (ALTE).


Candidates can take the CNaVT exams in the first half of May of every year. This moment is facilitated by the official examiners (Dutch Academy). Candidates must contact the school that organizes the exam, to sign up for the exams.

All the exams are sent to Leuven, where they are marked in June. In July the examiners and candidates are informed of the results. Candidates who have passed, receive a certificate.

Read more about the CNaVT on their website.


The exam levels

A2 - Maatschappelijk Informeel (INFO) 

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in informal everyday situations.


B1 - Maatschappelijk Formeel (FORM)

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage independently in more formal contexts in the Dutch or Flemish society.


B2 - Zakelijk Professioneel (PROF

For those who need Dutch in an occupational context, more specifically in healthcare and administration.


B2 - Educatief Startbekwaam (STRT)

For those who would like to start a study at a Flemish or Dutch institution of higher education.


C1 - Educatief Professioneel (EDUP)

For those who want to demonstrate they can manage in education or business and therefore need Dutch language skills on a high level.

Would you like to take an exam? Please contact Dutch Academy as soon as possible to make sure you have enough time to reach your desired level.

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