Assessment of higher education certificates

University graduate
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Foreign higher education certificates which do not qualify their holders for a regulated profession are not governed by the Federal Government's Recognition Act. Graduates from such programmes can apply for employment on the German labour market directly. However, to improve their career prospects in Germany, they may have their final qualifications assessed by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).

The assessment of the certificates is based on the Lisbon Convention. The Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany have entrusted the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) with this task. The ZAB assesses certificates issued by any country in the world on completion of a higher education programme.

The aim of certificate assessment is to facilitate access to the German labour market. The official assessment document describes the foreign higher education qualifications and the possibilities of using them for professional and academic purposes. The certificate assessment includes a comparison with German certificates: The document states the German final qualifications which compare with the foreign certificate and provides information about the options for continuing studies and the procedure for professional recognition. The procedure of certificate assessment is not equivalent to professional recognition.

A fee of € 200 is charged for issuing the assessment document.


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