An offer from the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Counselling search

Please seek personal counselling! Counselling centres will support you in the recognition procedure. Counselling is free of charge. You can find your nearest counselling centres by using the counselling search.

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Do you already know the German profession for which you need recognition?

In the Recognition Finder you will find information and counselling services specifically for your profession. If you do not yet know your German profession or just want to find general information, here you can find counselling centres local to you.

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In-person appointments are not possible

Appointments by prior arrangement only

Unfortunately, the telephone hotline is often busy. Responses to written inquiries to the hotline can take several weeks.

The “Working and Living in Germany” hotline run by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees and the Federal Employment Agency offers telephone guidance.

Are you living abroad and want to apply for recognition from there? The hotline will refer you to the Service Center for Professional Recognition (ZSBA). They will help you during the application and offer you individual counselling and support all the way through the recognition procedure up until your arrival in Germany.