GDR skilled worker's diploma or master craftsman's diploma; application for examination of equivalence

The Unification Treaty stipulates that vocational qualifications recognised by the state or acquired in the GDR are equivalent to one another and confer the same entitlements if they are equivalent. Equivalence is determined by the competent authority upon application.As a rule, GDR skilled worker qualifications are equivalent to Federal German training occupations without formal recognition being required. In individual cases, a certificate of equivalence is possible on application. However, a new examination certificate is not issued.Assignment of GDR master craftsmen's qualifications to IHK further training examinations can be checked and determined on application. In the case of a possible equivalency, you will receive a certificate showing your GDR occupation and the corresponding FRG occupation.If it is a GDR skilled worker's or master craftsman's qualification which is to be allocated to industry, trade or the service sector, then the Chamber of Industry and Commerce is responsible. An application is made at the local IHK in whose catchment area the applicant's place of residence is located.

The following documents are required:a certified copy of the skilled worker or master craftsman certificatea certified copy of the skilled worker or master craftsman certificatea simple copy of the identity cardin the case of a change of name, a copy of the official documents


Preconditions
You have a GDR skilled worker's or master craftsman's diploma.
You can only submit the application for an equivalence examination of your GDR skilled worker or master craftsman qualification to a Federal German professional or master craftsman qualification in writing.If necessary, use the application form on the website of the locally responsible Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) or under "Forms" (usually: Application for Equivalency according to the Unification Treaty).If possible, speak to the designated employee in advance by telephone to establish that the IHK is also responsible for your GDR skilled worker or master craftsman qualification.Enclose all requested documents with the application.Your documents will be checked and the application will be processed.If necessary, you will receive a fee notice.After payment of the fee, you will receive the notification of equivalence.

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Last update or date of publication
04.01.2021