After the German Professional Qualifications Assessment Act came into force in April 2012, assessment authorities have faced a new challenge: they now have to compare qualifications obtained abroad with the German qualifications. This requires comprehensive knowledge about foreign vocational training systems and qualifications. In the past information on the matter was difficult to find. This is why in 2011, the former Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (BMWi) decided to create the BQ-Portal as part of the Qualified Professionals Initiative [in German]:
The BQ-Portal now consolidates all relevant information and know-how about foreign professional qualifications and vocational training systems in one platform.
Authorities in charge of assessing qualifications (in particular chambers of industry and commerce, chambers of trade, chambers of agriculture and chambers of liberal professions) can use the portal to find valuable information and practical guidelines for assessment of foreign credentials, which correspond to a federally regulated vocational or further training qualification pursued within the dual system in Germany. Information about foreign credentials, which correspond to German school and academic qualifications or qualifications under the state law, is provided by the database anabin.
Companies can use the portal to find information that helps them assess the foreign professional qualifications of their job candidates or employees.
The BQ-Portal also offers background information on assessment practices in Germany, opportunities to share and network, guidelines for assessments as well as customised advice and training sessions for registered users.
In 2015 the BQ Portal was recognised as the best and most innovative performer in public administrations across Europe. During an award ceremony which took place on Wednesday the 18th of November at the Provincial Government House in Maastricht, the BQ Portal was awarded the European Public Sector Award trophy in the European/national/regional category by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Some 266 projects from 36 European countries and the European institutions participated in competition. However, only three projects won the European Public Sector Award.
Find out more about the background of the BQ-Portal and how it contributes to securing a skilled workforce for Germany.
In addition to organisations in charge of recognising foreign professional qualifications, other target groups may also benefit from the portal.
Find out more about the organisations in charge of running and expanding the portal.
Here, you will find the answers to frequently asked questions.
Do you want to find out what the “Professional Qualifications Assessment Act” and “Qualification Analysis” is about? Find out more about these and other terms in the glossary.
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The BQ-Portal easily explained