Answers to the following questions are provided here:
Various institutions are able to provide financial support for your recognition procedure. Make use of the counselling provided on the different forms of financial support and the general counselling relating to recognition! You must first apply for financial support and then apply for recognition. Only in this way can your costs be covered.
In general, only persons living in Germany receive financial support. Support is available for the unemployed, for job-seekers and for employed persons who do not have the money to cover the costs. There is a further option: Your employer may cover the cost of the recognition procedure. Talk to your employer about this.
In most cases, providers of financial support cover the direct costs involved in the recognition procedure. These costs include:
Some providers also cover further costs, e.g. costs of compensation measures or refresher training and learning materials. The provider will inform you about the financial support for your specific case.
In general, only persons living in Germany receive financial support. Support is available for the unemployed, for job-seekers and for employed persons who do not have the money to cover the costs. There is a further option: Your employer may cover the cost of the recognition procedure Talk to your employer about this.
Contact details: Employment agency contact person (German)
Do you have a job but cannot afford the costs of the recognition procedure? If so, you may be eligible to receive financial support through the recognition grant. For this, you must have been living in Germany for at least 3 months. The recognition grant enables costs of up to €600 to be reimbursed. You must first apply for financial support and then apply for recognition. In individual cases, training following the recognition procedure may also be supported in order to obtain full equivalence.
You can also receive counselling on financial support from all recognition counselling centres and the competent authority for the recognition procedure. You can find the competent authority using the Recognition Finder.
Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung (f-bb) gGmbH
Telephone: +49 371 4 33 11 222
In Berlin there is the hardship fund for professional recognition. You can apply to the hardship fund for financial support. For this, you must have been living and working in Berlin for at least 3 months.
Senatsverwaltung für Integration, Arbeit und Soziales
Beauftragter des Senats von Berlin für Integration und Migration
Potsdamer Straße 65
Telephone: +49 30 901 723 37
Fax: +49 30 901 723 20
Website: Professional recognition hardship fund for Berlin (German)
The grant programme in Hamburg offers support for living in Germany and grants for the costs of recognition. You can apply to the grant programme for financial support. For this you must be living in Hamburg.
Zentrale Anlaufstelle Anerkennung (ZAA)
Schauenburgerstraße 49, 20095 Hamburg
Telephone: +49 40 30 620 396
Website: Hamburg Grant Programme (German)
Financial support is also available for:
The national Network IQ offers training to compensate for substantial differences in the recognition procedure. The provision is free. Seek advice from an IQ counselling centre near you!
German courses are offered via the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). You are able to participate in these courses free of charge or for very little money. On the professional language courses you gain the language skills which may be required for recognition. Further information about learning German is also available in this portal.
Unable to submit the documents for recognition? If so, you may be able to provide evidence of your professional skills in a skills analysis. A skills analysis costs money. The so-called special fund may cover the costs of skills analyses subject to certain conditions. Find out about this from your competent authority.
Want to complete advanced vocational training? If so, you can apply for funding under the Upgrading Training Assistance Act The master craftsman and the certified business economist are examples of advanced training qualifications. For advanced training, you are usually required to have a profession in which you are trained and which is recognised. However you may be able to complete advanced training with sufficient professional experience or with a higher education qualification.
Are you already employed? If so, then subject to certain conditions you can use the continuing training grant for your continuing training. The continuing training grant allows for funding of up to €500 for training measures to support recognition. For this, the training measure provider must accept continuing training grant vouchers. Please seek advice regarding this.
In your tax return you can declare the costs of a recognition procedure or of training as work-related costs.