The BQ-Portal provides the assessment authorities with comprehensive information and practical guidelines that help them assess foreign professional qualifications. 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. The BQ-Portal serves as an information platform that consolidates relevant information and know-how about foreign professional qualifications, thereby contributing to the implementation of the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act.
Dirk Werner, project manager of the BQ-Portal at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Köln), commented,
“Beyond the BQ-Portal, there are no comparable German-language resources available on foreign vocational training systems and professional qualifications. As an intelligent system, the BQ-Portal makes an important contribution to continuously increasing know-how in the field.”
He continued, “We are delighted to be able to support the authorities in charge of assessing and recognising foreign professional qualifications with an effective information and communication platform.” He stressed, however: “In view of the large and diverse number of foreign educational and further training programs, it will be essential for the portal’s users to contribute and share their knowledge, skills and experience with others. That is why we invite the experts involved in the assessment and evaluation of foreign professional qualifications to share their experience and contribute to expanding the portal.”
Find out more about the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act, the competences of the federal and state governments for various professions, and the legal framework for EU and non-EU citizens or ethnic German repatriates.
Here, you’ll find an overview of authorities in charge of recognising professional qualifications. In addition, you can access in-depth information about the competence centre at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW) and the BQ-Portal’s project office.
Here, you’ll find useful links for further information on qualified professionals and the recognition of foreign qualifications.