One million visitors


Proven millions of times

One million visitors with 6.5 million page views after two years – that's the gratifying response to the "Recognition in Germany" portal. Since it was started on April 1, 2012, interest in information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications has continued unabated.

"There has been and still is an enormous need for information and orientation on the new legal provisions for professional recognition", explains Claudia Moravek, head of the project at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Bonn. The website is the official portal of the federal government on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.

It provides support on the way to submitting an application with its practical "Recognition Finder": Interested persons can use that online tool to narrow down the German reference profession and determine the corresponding competent authority. "In addition, the portal helps to answer important initial questions – for example, whether recognition is in fact mandatory for taking up work", adds Moravek. Working in the background is a database of more than 700 occupations and about 1,500 contact addresses for the respective equivalence procedures. An "advanced filter" is available to assist experts in their search for the relevant competent authority.

In addition to the Federal Recognition Act, corresponding state recognition acts have already come into effect in 13 of the 16 federal states. According to a joint decision of the federal states, the recognition portal is the official and central enquiry point for the contact data of all competent authorities, regardless of legislative responsibility. The portal bundles all relevant information in the recognition context for all vocational certificates, whether they are regulated by the federal government or by the federal states.

The "Recognition in Germany" services are operated in German and English by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and financed in the context of the "Integration through Qualification (IQ)" funding programme.

Coronavirus: Fewer recognition services

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some services for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in Germany are currently not available.

You can learn more about recognition from us whenever you like. Take some time to read our information, available in 11 languages! Then you will be well informed for the next steps.

Via the Recognition Finder you can find out everything about the recognition procedure for your occupation, which documents you need and where you should send your application: › To the Recognition Finder

Our FAQ provide answers to the most common questions about recognition:  › To the FAQs

You can find out which services are not available or only available to a limited extent by checking our information page on the current situation: › To the information page