University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs; BKO)

The quality of teaching is of central importance to Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. One of the ways in which this comes to expression is the Basic Teaching Qualification (or BKO as it is usually referred to).

Teaching is a skill that needs to be developed and maintained. The BKO is a certificate that is awarded to university teachers who can demonstrate that they have the basic teaching skills required to teach students at university level. Click here for the attainment levels.

In 2008 the Dutch universities have agreed to introduce BKO at all universities and to accept the certificates from other universities as proof of proficiency in teaching.

The BKO is compulsory for all academic staff with an appointment as Docent, UD, UHD or Hoogleraar, and who have an appointment of 0,5 fte or more for a duration of at least one year. The BKO certification is a compulsory requirement for promotion to a higher scale or for a fixed contract.

But BKO is also interesting for those who are not in this target group; the trajectory can be used to develop your teaching skills further or to work on a specific area of didactics.

For more information contact the BKO-secretary, Leony van der Splinter.


The BKO-procedure should not take more than two years to complete and can in many cases be shorter. Faculty Governance and Global Affairs has two pathways leading to the BKO certification. Both pathways consist of the same three steps, but what needs to be done in each step differs.

  1. Intake
    The intake with the secretary is the first step for all candidates. During this meeting the previous experience and learning needs of the candidate are discussed and it is decided if the candidate is a new or experienced teacher. In case of doubt, this is discussed in the next committee meeting.
    • New teachers: this pathway for those who are new to the teaching profession, or have perhaps taught some courses as teaching assistant, but have never designed or developed their own courses. This pathway will assist and support the development of didactical skills in an individual made to measure programme.
    • Experienced teachers: teachers with 3-5 years experience in Higher Education, immediately prior to the application, can qualify for the Experienced Teacher pathway. Experienced teachers can progress to the application file immediately.
  2. Development Plan and Application File
    After the intake of new teachers, a supervisor is appointed. Together with the supervisor, the candidate writes a development plan, which includes a.o. which courses the candidate will teach, or which didactical courses will be taken. Look here for available courses
    At the end of the training period, the candidate hands in an application file.
    Experienced teachers can proceed to their application file immediately. The format for both application files is discussed in the intake.
  3. Assessment
    The BKO-committee assesses each application file to determine if the attainment levels have been met. If there is a positive verdict, the Dean of the Faculty will be advised to certify the candidate. A certificate signed by the Vice-Rector Magnificus and the Dean of the Faculty will be handed out to the candidate. If there is a negative verdict, the candidate will be asked to provide more information or take didactical courses. See the flowchart for more information.

The BKO-committee

The BKO Committee at Faculty Governance and Global Affairs consists of the following people:

  • Prof. Edwin Bakker (Public Administration)
  • Dr. Paul Hudson (LUC The Hague)
  • Dr. Antoaneta Dimitrova (Public Administration)
  • Drs. Nikol Hopman (Centre for Professional Learning)

The committee meets at least four times per year. Application files should be sent to the secretary Leony van der Splinter at least ten working days before the meeting.
Meeting date Deadline application files
14 February 2017 31 January 2017
18 April 2017 4 April 2017
20 June 2017 6 June 2017
26 September 2017 12 September 2017
14 November 2017 31 October 2017

Last Modified: 23-12-2016