Companies & recognition

You have received a job application with a professional qualification obtained abroad but you do not know whether it is appropriate or sufficient. Or: You already have employees with foreign professional qualifications and are wondering whether you could place them in a position better suited to their qualifications - and thus make optimal use of your available human resources.

The BQ Portal is there to help you resolve these issues. The website provides comprehensive information about foreign vocational training systems and professional qualifications to help you assess your international staff’s or a job applicant’s competences, skills and abilities. Additionally, the BQ Portal offers background information on assessment practices in Germany.

On the following pages, you will find guidelines on the following topics:

Anerkennungsverfahren für Betriebe
The BQ-Portal outlines the assessment process and demonstrates how companies can assist the employees in having their foreign qualifications recognised.
Ablauf und Inhalt
What does the Recognition Act aim to achieve? Who can have their foreign professional qualifications recognized and what does the equivalence of qualifications mean? Below you will find the most important information on the recognition process and procedure.
Würfelgrafik Rechtliche Grundlagen
Learn more about the Recognition Act, professions regulated at the federal and state levels, and the legal basis for EU and non-EU citizens or Ethnic German repatriates.
The recognition notification indicates the extent to which a foreign qualification corresponds to its German counterpart. Find out what partial, full or no equivalence mean.
How does the recognition process work and how can you assist the employees in having their foreign qualifications recognized?
Kosten und Finanzierung
How much does the recognition process cost and what funding is available for the assessment process?
Würfelgrafik Ansprechpartner
If you as a company would like to support an international candidate or employee in having their foreign qualification recognized, you may use or point them to existing offers of information and advice.
Qualifikationen von Flüchtlingen
You want to foster integration of refugees? Or: You have already received a job application from a refugee and do not know how to evaluate his or her qualification and to determine whether the qualification is appropriate for the employment you are offering. The BQ-Portal proves to be helpful in providing answers to these questions.
BQ-Portal für Unternehmen
The Recognition Act can be seen as part of a new welcoming culture in Germany. Find out what advantages a company culture that embraces international staff and diversity offers for your business.
Würfelgrafik Praxisbeispiele
Recognition as a recruitment strategy: The Horst Busch Elektro-Technik GmbH in Hamburg specifically recruits skilled workers who have obtained their professional qualifications abroad. This Hamburg-based electrical company does not only facilitate the professional recognition of employees who hold foreign qualifications – it also covers the associated costs of the recognition process. They are feeling confident: given the shortage of qualified personnel in this field, this investment will pay off in no time.