Costs for the recognition process
The assessment process is subject to a fee based on schedules established by the relevant assessment authorities and different states. The fee varies greatly depending on the amount of work involved in completing the assessment process, the individual situation, and the reference profession.
For your guidance, a number of examples are given below, showing the rates for applications submitted to:
- a chamber of crafts: €100 EUR - €600
- Hanover and Braunschweig Chambers of Commerce and Industry: € 300
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foreign Skills Approval (IHK FOSA) or Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid Chamber of Industry and Commerce: ca. €420 (€ 550 including the assessment of professional development)
- Westfalen-Lippe Medical Chamber: € 125
In addition to the application fee, applicants must meet the costs for translations and certified copies. Should it prove necessary to provide additional documents evidencing the contents or duration of foreign professional training programs, the overall cost will be higher. If these documents are not available, other processes incurring additional costs for the applicant, such as technical discussions, work samples, theory examinations or expert surveys, may be used instead. Depending on the assessment authority, an applicant will be required to pay the fees at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of the recognition procedure.
Those who are granted only partial equivalence and would like to obtain full equivalence should bear in mind the costs for the additional training necessary (compensation measures).