Applicants for recognition must contact the body responsible for their profession in order to verify the equivalence of their foreign professional qualifications. As a rule, you need the following documents:
- A tabular list of your completed training courses and employment activities
- Indication of your current place of residence
- Proof of identity
- Qualifications acquired abroad
- Evidence of relevant professional experience or other qualifications, provided that they are necessary for the determination of equivalence
- declaration as to whether and at which point you have already submitted an application for equivalence
- If. Decision on the determination of equivalence
Additional documents may be required depending on the profession. Please contact the competent authority. The team of the single point of contact will be happy to help you with the clarification.
Often these documents must be submitted in the original or as a certified copy to the competent authorities. However, according to the BQFG, documents of EU citizens can in principle also be transmitted electronically (link). As a rule, you must present all documents in the German language. If the documents are written in another language, the competent authorities may also require a translation from a publicly-ordered translator.
For recognition, the competent body shall, on the basis of the documents submitted, verify whether To what extent your foreign qualification corresponds to a German qualification for the profession you have chosen. This review is based on defined formal criteria, such as the content and duration of the training. Their relevant professional experience is taken into account as well as other relevant qualifications.
The Fristlauf at the time of the application begins with the confirmation of the competent authority that the required documents are fully available.
The competent authority shall confirm to the applicant or applicant within one month the receipt of the application. The competent authority must, as a rule, decide on equivalence within three months. The period begins with the receipt of the complete documentation. It may be extended if this is justified by the specific nature of the matter.
Applications and forms can be found on the website of the competent authority. The team of the single point of contact will be happy to help you with the clarification.
The cost of the procedure varies. They depend on the effort in each case and are governed by the legal regulations for the respective profession. The competent authority shall determine the exact costs individually and inform you about them.
Additional costs may also arise (e.g. For translations and certifications or compensatory measures). These costs are individually different.