A man holding a smartphone showing the App by recognition in Germany into the camera

21.04.2016

Smartphone provides guidance on professional recognition

"Recognition in Germany" has produced a new app for Android, iOS and Windows devices. It is available in German and English as well as in the five major languages spoken by refugees (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya and Pashto).

A new app has been launched to enable refugees to find out how to obtain recognition for their foreign professional and vocational qualifications. The "Recognition in Germany" app is designed for Android, iOS and Windows devices and is available in German and English as well as in the five major languages spoken by refugees (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Tigrinya and Pashto). It offers an introduction to the topic of recognition, uses simple language to explain the procedure involved and provides links to information and guidance services.

"Once initial accommodation and provisions have been supplied to refugees, more attention is now being paid to their education and training and occupational development," said Federal Minister of Education Johanna Wanka. "Refugees and the people supporting them need reliable information which delivers simple guidance on the opportunities for professional recognition without linguistic barriers. This is an area in which our app can be highly effective."

The new app gives users easy access to advisory bodies by identifying and providing the contact details for their nearest counselling centre operating within the "Integration through Qualification" Funding Programme (IQ). The counselling centre then offers personal guidance and support. The app has been funded and provided by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training and can be downloaded free of charge in app stores and from the Recognition Portal www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de/app with immediate effect. At the same time, the Recognition Portal of the Federal Government at www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de has been expanded to include an Arabic language version of the site. This reflects the fact that many refugees speak Arabic and brings the total number of available languages on the main portal to nine.

Applications for the recognition of a foreign professional or vocational qualification may be made irrespective of the residency status of the applicant. In some cases, recognition of the foreign qualification is a prerequisite for exercising the relevant profession in Germany at all (e.g. doctor, nurse or teacher). A recognition procedure is, however, useful in the job search process in every case since an equivalence notice helps employers to arrive at a better assessment of the foreign qualification.