The portal is continuously expanded in cooperation with the authorities in charge of the recognition process. From 2011 to 2015 they developed along with the cooperating partners IW Köln, IFOK and ]init[ the content and technology of the BQ-Portal and contributed their knowledge and expertise regarding foreign professional qualifications. In addition, they communicate their technical requirements and support the user-friendly design of the BQ-Portal. Since 2016 the assessment authorities are working together with IW Köln and ]init[ to generate new contents.
In 2011, the former Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Technology (BMWi) commissioned the cooperating partners with the development and implementation of the BQ-Portal. The portal can only succeed, however, with the support of the assessment authorities. In the beginnings the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) also supported the portal.
The IW competence centre supports the assessment authorities in that it finds, translates and prepares information about foreign vocational training systems and qualifications. Through seminars and one-to-one discussions, it provides answers to questions, gives guidance and tips for research, and helps users who want to practice how to process cases in the BQ-Portal. ]init[ AG implements the portal from a technical perspective and continuously works to improve its functionalities.
In addition, a Round Table composed of expert advisors also contributes to expanding the portal.