For interested parties abroad
Please clarify whether you are entitled to migrate to Germany and work here before you initiate a recognition procedure from abroad. You can use the Migration Check service to verify your status. Further information on starting work in Germany is available here.
In the recognition procedure, the relevant competent authority will check whether your foreign professional or vocational qualification is equivalent to a German qualification. The equivalence check takes place on the basis of stipulated formal criteria such as content and duration of training. Any relevant occupational experience you may have is also taken into account.
Preconditions for a recognition procedure
You must be able to show that you have completed a professional or vocational qualification which was not obtained in Germany. You must also intend to work in Germany.
It is not necessary to hold German citizenship or a residence permit for Germany in order to obtain recognition of your professional or vocational qualification. There is also no need for you to be resident in Germany at the time when you apply. You may submit your application before entering the country from abroad. Prior to initiating a recognition procedure, you should, however, clarify whether you are entitled to migrate to Germany in order to work here.