Foreign vocational training qualifications: recognition Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

You can apply for recognition and evaluation by the competent authority of the country in which you reside for your professional qualification obtained abroad if you have not yet made such an application to any other authority in Germany. The recognition and evaluation of foreign professional qualifications is based on various legal bases. Examples are:

  • The recognition or equality of professional qualifications of applicants who are entitled under the Federal Displaced Persons Act is based on the Federal Displaced Persons Act.
  • The recognition of professional qualifications acquired in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland is regulated by EU Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals. The Directive has been transposed into national law in the EU, EEA and Switzerland Member States. It is applicable when it comes to access to a profession regulated in the country in which the country concerned, i.e. where the taking up or pursuit of a professional activity is linked to the possession of a particular professional qualification.
  • The recognition of vocational qualifications as a German assistant profession or as a German technical school leaving certificate is regulated in some countries in the corresponding school regulations.

The specific application requirements depend on the respective professional qualifications, nationality and individual situation. Please contact the appropriate body.


A notification procedure exists for EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who are only temporarily and occasionally engaged in the provision of services in the field of regulated professions in Germany.

Related Links

  • § 10 Gesetz über die Angelegenheiten der Vertriebenen und Flüchtlinge (BVFG)
  • Richtlinie 2005/36/EG 2005 über die Anerkennung von Berufsqualifikationen
  • § 9 Gesetz zur Ordnung des Handwerks (HwO)

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