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

The portal is continuously expanded in cooperation with the assessment authorities in charge of the recognition process. From 2011 to 2015 they developed along with the cooperating partners IW, IFOK and ]init[ the content and technology of the BQ-Portal and contributed their knowledge and expertise regarding foreign professional qualifications. In addition, they communicate their technical requirements and support the user-friendly design of the BQ-Portal. Since 2016 the assessment authorities are working together with IW and ]init[ to generate new contents.

In 2011, the former Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (BMWi) commissioned the cooperating partners with the development and implementation of the BQ-Portal. The portal can only succeed, however, with the support of the assessment authorities. At the beginning, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) also supported the portal.

The IW competence centre supports the assessment authorities in that it finds, translates and prepares information about foreign vocational training systems and qualifications. Through seminars and one-to-one discussions, it provides answers to questions, gives guidance and tips for research, and helps users who want to practice how to process cases in the BQ-Portal. ]init[ AG implements the portal from a technical perspective and continuously works to improve its functionalities.

In addition, a Round Table composed of expert advisors also contributesd to expanding the portal till the end of 2015.

Round Table

The Round Table is an expert body which supported the set-up and expansion of the BQ-Portal until the year 2015. It brought together experts from the realms of science, business and society who, in regular meetings, discussed how the BQ-Portal could be developed and contributed valuable ideas. The Round Table

  • advised the BMWi and its partners in strategic questions regarding the further development of the BQ-Portal and
  • integrated the expertise, knowledge and requirements of the various stakeholders into its set-up and expansion.

After the set-up of the Portal, the Round Table continues in form of co-operations and bilateral meetings.


Members of the Round Table


  • Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)

Member organisations

  • Office of Federal Government Commissioners 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 Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Federal Ministry of Health (BMG)
  • The Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB)
  • The Federal Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)
  • The German Council on Immigration and Integration (BZI)
  • The German Farmers’ Association (DBV)
  • The German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)
  • The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK)
  • Advisory Board of German Foundations on Integration (SVR)
  • Junior Chamber International Germany
  • The International Placement Service (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency
  • The Central Authority for Foreign Educational Systems (ZAB)
  • The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (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” the holders of foreign qualifications can find out, if their qualifications need to be officially recognized 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 website 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.