Recognition of foreign degrees in Germany

The professional qualification you have obtained abroad can be recognized and compared with the requirements for this profession in Germany. For some professions an evaluation is a necessary requirement in order to work. In other professions the recognition of your qualification will improve your chances on the employment market. You can apply for such a procedure before your entry into Germany – regardless of your citizenship and a residence permit.

Why should I have my foreign professional qualification assessed?

At the factory Enlarge image At the factory (© dpa/pa) Everyone should know what you are capable of. A comparison of the professional qualification you obtained abroad with the requirements for this qualification in Germany will be important for you, especially if you would like to practice a regulated profession in Germany. “Regulated” means that you may not practice the profession or use the professional title without a state permit and without recognition of your professional qualification. Regulated professions in Germany include professions in the health and education sector (such as physician, nurse or educator). Apart from this, there are some professions which have special regulations if you wish to become self-employed (such as a baker or a hairdresser).

In non-regulated professions (such as industrial clerk, mechanic or electrician) on the other hand, you will need no formal recognition of your qualification to practice your profession. In these cases you may apply for a position provided on the employment market without an evaluation of your qualifications.

How does the process work?

On application, your foreign professional qualification is compared with a German qualification. In order to apply, you need to contact the office responsible for your  professional group. Information about the offices responsible for the individual groups is available at www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de  

Recognition of foreign degrees in Germany

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Recognition in Germany

Recognition in Germany

“Recognition in Germany” is the official online portal for the Federal Recognition Act. It provides migrants and foreign skilled workers with information on how and where they can submit an applicatio...