Adaptation qualification

In the case of partial equivalence with the German reference occupation, the existing differences can be compensated with the help of an adaptation qualification (for non-regulated occupations) or compensation measure (for regulated occupations). In this section we will show you what a qualification can look like in concrete terms.
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If significant differences are found between the foreign professional qualification and the German reference occupation, they will be listed in the notification of equivalence.

  • If the German reference occupation is a non-regulated occupation, an adaptation qualification is suggested to achieve full equivalence. This is a starting point for you and your specialist to proceed further.
  • In the case of regulated professions, a compensatory measure is a prerequisite for being able to work in the respective profession. In this case, the responsible office must name a compensatory measure with which these differences can be compensated. This includes the aptitude test, the knowledge test and the adaptation course.

Finding the right measure for your skilled worker

When choosing the right adaptation qualification, the applicant must be considered individually. Since the applicant's employment history is included in the decision in addition to the foreign vocational qualification, it is important to determine precisely tailored measures based on the equivalency notification. The selection is made in close coordination with the responsible office. However, the employees of the job centers, the training providers, etc. can also provide advice in order to find the right qualification path for you and your specialist.

An overview of the employment agency's financial support options for adaptive qualifications can be found in the toolbox of company professional recognition.

As a company, you can also play a supporting role in the search for a suitable adaptation qualification. You can support your skilled worker in terms of content and language in the preparation or, for example, financially support a language or adaptation course.

What can adaptation qualifications look like in concrete terms? In the following we give you a few examples.

Option 1: internship

In the case of an internship, you and your skilled worker should, in consultation with the responsible office, determine the learning content that is necessary for full equivalence of the professional qualification. The responsible office or the job center can also be involved in the process through additional training opportunities. After completing the internship, the applicant will receive a written confirmation of the specific knowledge and skills acquired during the internship.

Afterwards the responsible office can check whether knowledge and skills are sufficient to compensate for the essential differences to the German reference occupation.

The "Company Recognition of Profession" (UBA) project has developed various materials or "tools", particularly for the craft sector, which support companies in their function as a learning location for an adaptation qualification. This includes a sample contract and various information sheets for companies. To the toolbox.

Tip Companies in trade and industry that are looking for skilled workers can take advantage of the "UBAconnect" service. The idea: Companies register without obligation with UBAconnect as a qualification company for skilled workers with foreign professional qualifications and are contacted if there is a match - a suitable skilled worker - for them. In this way, they help skilled workers to have their foreign professional qualifications recognized through company internships and can also attract new qualified employees. To registration.

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Option 2: advanced training courses or inter-company training

In addition to company internships, there are other ways to close existing training gaps. For example, further training courses can be attended by institutions or, after consultation with the chamber, instructions can be taken in inter-company training workshops. They are based either on individually tailored measures, modular adaptation or post-qualification courses.

The network “Integration through Qualification” (IQ Network) has advice centers throughout Germany where you can obtain information and advice on adaptation qualification courses in your region. You can also find suitable and free qualification courses in your region on this page.