Find out who launched the project and who is responsible for implementation and development of the portal.

The BQ-Portal was lanuched in 2011 as a project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). Since 2016, the portal is managed by the IW and ]init[ AG and is being further developed together with the relevant occupational recognition bodies.

The expert team at the German Economic Institute (IW) researches, translates, and prepares information on foreign vocational training systems and qualifications and supports the responsible bodies in the field of vocational recognition. The team provides them with training courses and hosts personal exchange meetings. Thereby the competent bodies´ questions are answered, and the IW expert team offers tips and hints for searching relevant documents from abroad. In addition, case handling with the BQ-Portal is practiced.

]init[ AG implements the portal technically and works continuously on its functional optimisation.

The responsible bodies (zuständige Stellen der Berufsanerkennung) contribute their knowledge and experience about foreign professional qualifications, and thus support the expansion of the database. They also formulate their technical requirements and thus support the user-friendly design of the portal.

History of the BQ-Portal project cooperation

From 2011 to 2015, the cooperative association German Economic Institute, IFOK GmbH and ]init[ AG developed the BQ-Portal in terms of content and technology. From the very beginning, the BQ-portal was developed in cooperation with the responsible bodies that carry out the qualification assessment procedures. In 2011, the cooperation group was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK - formerly the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy) to develop and implement the BQ-Portal. The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) also contributed to the development of the portal.

The establishment and expansion of the BQ-Portal was accompanied by an expert committee, the Round Table, until the end of 2015. Members of institutions from science, business and society met regularly to further develop the BQ-Portal in dialogue and to contribute valuable suggestions for improvement. The Round Table

  • advised the BMWK and its implementation partners on strategic issues relating to the further development of the information portal and
  • integrated the knowledge, interests and requirements of the various stakeholders of the round table into the process of setting up and expanding the information portal.

After the portal was set up, the round table continued in the form of cooperation and bilateral discussions.

Members of the Round Table


  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Member organisations:

  • Office of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
  • Federal Employment Agency (BA)
  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
  • Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
  • Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
  • Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB)
  • Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) (BDA)
  • Federal Immigration and Integration Council (BZI)
  • German Farmers' Association e. V. (DBV)
  • German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB)
  • Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce e. V. (DIHK)
  • Chamber of Industry and Commerce FOSA (Foreign Skills Approval)
  • Expert Council of German Foundations for Integration (SVR)
  • Junior Chamber of Germany (Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschlands e. V.)
  • Central Foreign Placement Office (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency
  • Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB)
  • Central Association of German Skilled Crafts e. V. (ZDH)


If you have questions regarding the BQ-Portal please turn to the project office:

BQ-Portal Team

Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 21, 50668 Cologne, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)221 4981-873

The project office is available from 9 am until 5 pm.

Information portals for recognition

Since the Recognition Acts entered in force, the state government and the federal states established an extensive range of information structures aimed to support their implementation. The three information portals for recognition of foreign professional qualifications, “BQ-Portal”, “Recognition in Germany” and “anabin”, are central in this context. Their close cooperation ensures high quality content and consistency.

The BQ-Portal offers a comprehensive online work and knowledge sharing platform, which helps the assessment authorities and companies to better assess and evaluate vocational and further training qualifications obtained abroad.

On the portal “Recognition in Germany” (Anerkennung in Deutschland) the holders of foreign qualifications can find out if their qualifications need to be officially recognised in order to practice their profession in Germany.

The database “anabin” provides information to evaluate foreign qualifications and assists public authorities, employers, employees as well as private persons in classifying a foreign qualification within the German education system.

Cooperation partners

Furthermore, the BQ-Portal cooperates closely with several projects in the area of securing skilled workers and integration:

The Competence Centre for securing skilled labor supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in finding and binding skilled workers, in gaining a reputation as an attractive employer and remaining competitive and successful.

The official online portal Make it in Germany is the German government’s portal for qualified professionals from around the world. The portal, which can be browsed in a variety of different languages, offers information for those interested in moving to Germany – starting with preparations in the home country, to the actual move, to the first steps to be taken in Germany.

The project "Unternehmen Berufsanerkennung" of the DIHK and ZDH informs companies about the advantages and  benefits of formal recognition of foreign credentials. Therefore 11 chambers of commerce and industry and 5 chambers of crafts working together to promote the recognition within the companies.

The Central Service Agency for Professional Recognition (ZSBA) counsels skilled workers living abroad and supports them in the recognition procedure.

ProRecognition is a project funded by BMBFand coordinated by DIHK which supports recognition counselling abroad. ProRecognition currently provides counselling at a local level for skilled workers in 10 countries and is based in the Chambers of Foreign Trade and in Delegations of German Industry and Commerce (AHKs).

The Skills Analysis Network (NetQA) makes it easier for competent authorities to share their experiences in relation to skills analyses with the aim of further establishing the skills analysis process. supports the German economy in evaluating professional experiences and qualifications of refugees. The online application is easy to use, intercultural understandable and can be used early in the integration process. Therefore helps refugees on their first steps into the German labour market.

The “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” network provides information, one-to-one counselling and training on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications at a national level. Its objective is to improve labour market opportunities for people from a migration background.

NETZWERK Unternehmen integrieren Flüchtlinge is an initiative of the DIHK, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The initiative offers its member companies information on: legal issues, integration initiatives, best-practices, cooperations.