More than 13.000 applications for recognition of foreign professional qualifications were processed in 2013 in Germany. The competent authorities responsible for the recognition procedure compare the applicants’ foreign qualification to the corresponding German qualification in order to determine their equivalence. The key criterion for granting equivalence is that as a result of foreign vocational training the applicant has acquired the knowledge and skills necessary for practising that profession in Germany. In addition to formal learning outcomes, relevant work experience or other evidence of competence are taken into consideration.
In most of the cases, full or partial equivalence could be established. Only 4% of the applicants received a negative ruling. One has to bear in mind that partial equivalence is broadly defined and, thus, varies from only limited to large overlaps between the German and the foreign qualification. The significant differences, which can be compensated through the formalized additional training (compensation measures), vary accordingly. The share of those granted full equivalence is, though, very high. They make up 75% of all applicants.
Recognition by professional group: The share of those granted full equivalence varies widely by individual professions and professional groups. The proportion of applicants who received full equivalence is especially high in the sales and health sectors. It stands at 80%.
Recognition by profession: In terms of individual professions the success rate diverges widely. Over 90% of master bricklayers and master concrete workers receive full equivalence. Only slightly below this figure is the success rate of applicants who wish to have their license to practice as a dentist or veterinarian recognized.
Recognition by region: The success rate differs depending on the region where the foreign professional qualification was obtained. The share of cases where full equivalence was established ranges from 85% of qualifications obtained in the EU member states to 47% of qualifications obtained in West Africa.
Recognition by country: Applicants from Portugal and Spain have the highest chances of positive ruling since their success rate stands at about 95%. The recognition rate of those from Czech Republic, Austria and Greece is over 90%. Those from Hungary and Slovakia received a positive ruling in over 85% of the cases.