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Statistical data from the federal government and the federal states

Statistics on the federal act

Official statistics are produced on the Federal Government's Recognition procedure. The legal basis is Section 17 of the Federal Professional qualifications Assessment Act (BQFG). The statistics are produced by the statistical offices of the federal government and federal states. The Federal Statistical Office publishes new results from the statistics on a yearly basis. The reference date in each case is 31 December of the previous year. The Federal Institute for Vocational education and training (BIBB) evaluates the data from the federal statistics.

Since the Federal Government’s Recognition Act entered into force on 1 April 2012, 205,359 applications for recognition of a professional or Vocational qualification have been reported within federal statistics (reference date: 31 December 2020)

The results for 2020 in brief:

  • 31,536 applications reported, of which:
    • More than the half was for the Reference occupations general nurse and medical practitioner
    • 73,8 percent were for vocational qualifications from third countries (in particular Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia)
    • 34,6 percent of applications were made from abroad (foreign applications)
  • 36,696 procedures: decision made:
    • 53,8 percent with full Equivalence
    • 8,7 percent with partial equivalence
    • 34,9 percent with the “requirement” of a Compensation measure (not yet completed as of 31 December 2020).
    • 2,6 percent negative
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BIBB, 2021

Evaluation federal statistics 2020

Evaluation of the official statistics on the Federal Recognition Act 2020

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BIBB, 2021

Fact sheet, 2021 Recognition Monitoring

Facts and figures providing a clear summary of recognition of foreign professional qualifications in the current fact sheet.

View fact sheet

Statistics relating to federal state laws

Official statistics are also produced on the federal state Recognition procedures. In addition to the Federal Statistical Office, the statistical offices of the federal states also produce figures on the recognition of foreign professional or Vocational qualifications.

The following list of press releases from the various federal states is continuously updated.