FAQ for companies

In the following you will find answers to frequently asked questions about occupational recognition. The focus is on the perspective of accompanying companies.
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When is recognition a must? When is recognition an option?

Recognition is a prerequisite for practicing so-called regulated professions - such as medical professions and master craftsmen. Professional recognition also makes sense for non-regulated professions, such as most of the approximately 330 dual training professions in the dual system. As a company, formal recognition enables you to assess foreign professional qualifications more easily and precisely determine the potential need for further training or post-qualification. Occupational recognition is always an integral part of the immigration of skilled workers from third countries (exception: IT professions).

Who carries out the recognition procedure?

The equivalence tests within the framework of the recognition procedure are carried out by the so-called competent bodies for professional recognition. These include, for example, the local chambers of crafts, the central IHK FOSA (Foreign Skills Approval) of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Nürnberg and various state authorities.

With the recognition finder of the online portal "Recognition in Germany" you can quickly and easily find the offices responsible for the professions with all contact information. Therefore, it’s very helpful to use the "professional filter".

How does the assessment procedure work?

After receiving the complete documents, the responsible office will check to what extent the foreign professional qualification corresponds to the German reference occupation. The benchmark for the review is the currently applicable German training and further education ordinance.

How long does the procedure take?

As a rule, the recognition process should be completed within three months of submitting the complete application documents. This deadline can be extended once in difficult cases. The decision deadline does not start until all necessary documents have been submitted.

What does the procedure cost?

The procedures for assessing the equivalence of foreign professional qualifications are subject to fees. The amount of the fees depends on the fee regulations of the chambers or, in the case of professions in the federal states, according to the regulations of the states. It also depends on the individual effort involved in carrying out the procedure, the respective reference occupation and the individual requirements of the applicant, which is why general statements on the scope of costs are not possible. You can find more information on the costs of the equivalence test under the heading "Costs and Financing".

What are the requirements for access to professional recognition?

An important prerequisite for the recognition procedure is that the foreign training or degree is officially recognized in the respective country. In addition, the formal training should have lasted at least one year.

What does the "equivalence" of the qualifications mean?

"Equivalence" does not mean "similarity" or "equality". The decisive factor for equivalency is whether the applicant can meet the requirements under German law for the exercise of the respective profession due to the training and examination completed abroad. Other proven professional qualifications are also considered, in particular existing professional experience.

What happens if the foreign professional qualification is not fully recognized (so-called partial equivalence)?

Partial equivalence means that there are significant differences between the foreign and German professional qualifications. To work in a regulated profession, these differences must be compensated for by appropriate compensatory measures, which are specified in the notification. In the case of non-regulated professions, it is also possible to apply to the labor market with partial equivalence. To achieve full equivalence, an adaptation qualification (e.g. in the form of company internships, advanced training courses, etc.) is suggested. You can find out about selecting the right measure and what an adaptation qualification can look like in concrete terms under "Adaption qualification".

Tip: The portal of company professional recognition (UBA) provides further questions and answers about professional recognition from the perspective of the company.