Länder regulations

Map of Germany with the federal states

The German federal states regulate the recognition of foreign qualifications for those occupations for which the federal states, and not the Federal Government, are responsible.


In Germany, the federal states are responsible for many occupations themselves and have passed their own regulations governing these occupations. The federal states are therefore also responsible for determining the equivalence of foreign vocational qualifications with the relevant reference qualifications of the federal states. This is regulated by the respective Vocational Qualification Assessment Law (BQFG) of the federal states. These occupations include, for example, teacher, educator, social education specialist, engineer, architect and medical specialist.

In some cases, the federal states have passed individual laws for individual occupations. These regulations may then differ from the BQFG. The Recognition Finder provides further information on these regulations.

Updated 28.11.2016