Contact for companies

If you want to accompany the recognition process, you and the applicant can use various information and advice offers. To do this, you can contact the responsible bodies in the recognition process.
Grafik Ansprechpartner für Unternehmen

Professional chambers as contact points for training and advanced training professions

Different bodies are responsible for the recognition of vocational qualifications (dual training and advanced training qualifications): The responsible body is the respective professional chamber that is responsible for your company. The chambers not only identify possible German reference occupations for foreign professional qualifications but are also responsible for the assessment and recognition of foreign professional qualifications. You can ask your chamber for the right contact person.

Tip: If you would like to find out exactly which place is responsible for which occupation, then use the recognition finder at www.anendung-in-deutschland.de. There you can find the right contact person for all vocational qualifications, which are in the responsibility of the federal states. In the following you will find all other contact points divided according to the area to which the professional qualification can be assigned.

The right professional chamber according to professional area

Anlaufstelle bei Berufsqualifikationen im Bereich Industrie und Handel

© IHK FOSA

IHK FOSA (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foreign Skills Approval): Central office for the recognition of industrial and commercial professions. Responsible for applicants who do not have their place of residence or place of work in the regions of Braunschweig, Hannover or Wuppertal.

© IHK Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid

IHK Wuppertal: Responsible for applicants with residence or place of work in the Wuppertal region.

© IHK Hannover

IHK Hannover: Responsible for applicants with residence or place of work in the regions of Hannover and Braunschweig.

Contact options for professional qualifications in the craft sector

© Zentralverband des deutschen Handwerks

Chambers of Skilled Trades: In the skilled crafts sector, the regional chambers carry out vocational recognition. You can find an overview of all competent chambers of skilled crafts on the website of the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH).

Contact options for freelance professions

For professional qualifications in the field of the so-called liberal professions (e.g. pharmaceutical-technical employee, dental-technical employee, medical-technical employee)

© Bundesverband der Freien Berufe

Chambers and associations of the liberal professions: An overview of all competent chambers and associations of the liberal professions can be found on the website of the Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB).

Contact options for professional qualifications in the field of agriculture

© Verband der Landwirtschaftskammern

Chambers of Agriculture: You can find an overview of all responsible chambers of agriculture on the website of the Association of Chambers of Agriculture.

Contact options for professional qualifications in the maritime sector

© Berufsbildungsstelle Seeschifffahrt e.V.

You can find out more at the Maritime Vocational Training Center.

Further contact options for applicants and companies

IQ network: The nationwide funding program “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Employment Agency (BA). The points of contact for the funding program provide information on the professional recognition procedure and identify the relevant office. If necessary, they support applicants in the further application process (explanation of notices, etc.) for the IQ offers on site.

Recognition portal: The recognition finder on the “Recognition in Germany” portal can be used to determine the relevant authority and contact them for advice. The portal also provides an overview of numerous advisory services in Germany and abroad. The website is published by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

For a complete overview of contact points relating to occupational recognition, please visit our subpage "Skilled workers from abroad".