Recognition process

The BQ-Portal outlines the assessment process and demonstrates how companies can assist the employees in having their foreign qualifications recognised.

What benefits can you and your employees expect from the assessment/recognition process? Why is it worth your while to support an international job applicant or existing employee in having their foreign qualifications assessed/recognised? Here we list the advantages a formal assessment of foreign professional qualifications offer you and your employees.

How to support employees in the recognition process and benefit from it, you will find out in this graphic for skill assessment and recognition of professional qualifications:

 

The added value of recognition

Formal recognition of foreign professional qualifications is only mandatory for people who want to work in regulated professions, such as medical professionals. In addition, however, there are about 350 officially recognized qualifications that are pursued within the dual system of vocational training; these professions are usually not regulated. However, even in the case of non-regulated professions, a formal assessment may help you as a company to evaluate your candidates’ professional qualifications and identify further training needs.

The official notification issued at the end of the assessment process indicates the extent to which the applicant’s qualification profile corresponds to its German counterpart. This will help you as a company to better assess the competences, skills and abilities of foreign job applicants or of your existing international staff. If you already have employees with foreign professional qualifications you can then place them in a position better suited to their qualifications and thus make optimal use of your available human resources.

Additionally, it is possible that your employees have additional qualifications and skills that you are unaware of but which could be beneficial for your company. The official notification is helpful in this case, too, as it includes a detailed description of the assessed person’s training and related work experience. This will enable you to place them in positions better suited to their qualifications. Furthermore, you can identify their further training needs and encourage your employees to undergo the appropriate training. This will not only secure your supply of skilled workers but also foster long-term loyalty in your workforce. Making your company attractive to job-seekers worldwide will help you to keep up with the competition for the brightest minds.

Find out more about the assessment process.

Evaluating foreign qualifications

You have received a job application with a professional qualification obtained abroad and do not know how to determine whether the qualification is appropriate for the employment you are offering. Or: You are wondering whether your employees have skills and qualifications acquired in vocational training abroad which have not yet been fully exploited.

The BQ-Portal helps you evaluate foreign qualifications in cases where no formal recognition is required. For this purpose, the portal provides you with information on the actual contents of foreign professional training programs so that you can assess the qualification yourself. This guidance outlines how to understand the foreign credentials and find the required information in the BQ-Portal [in German]. 

The country profiles give you an overview of vocational training systems in other countries, thereby helping you assess the quality of a professional qualification in the context of the country’s education and training system. Profiles include information on the structure of the educational system, its particularities as well as key facts and figures. Each profile also includes an illustration of the education and training system where you can see which level (e.g. assistant, fully qualified professional) the foreign qualification corresponds to. The professional profiles provide you with information on the contents and duration of foreign professional training programs, and also include translated excerpts from relevant training or further training regulations. This list of professional profiles is continually extended.

Furthermore, you may put your candidate’s qualifications to the test as part of an internship in your company. This way, you can find out whether the candidate fits with the job requirements and your organization’s culture.

As a company you have the opportunity to learn more about the qualifications of domestic and international applicants - for example, in the context of a trial working day or as part of an internship. This will enable you and your potential employee to see if the existing qualifications match the job requirements or if further training is required.