In many jobs, it is enough that your employer finds your qualifications and professional competence suitable for the job. If the qualifications required in a profession are laid down by law, you will need a decision on the recognition of your qualifications.
Professions that require a recognition decision can be found in health care and teaching, for instance. A list of these regulated professions and the competent authorities responsible for the recognition process can be found on the website of the Finnish National Board of Education.
In some fields, you will be required to acquire a pass or card in order to prove your proficiency in a certain area. Many of the cards are statutory and they grant you the right to practise your profession.
Before acquiring a pass or a card, you usually participate in training that ends with the actual test. The tests are usually subject to a fee.