In January 2016, the Point of Single Contact Berlin (Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner Berlin) also became an advice and support office for all matters related to recognition of regulated professions. This is very useful if you want to prove a qualification acquired abroad in a regulated profession in order to work in this profession in Berlin.
Recognition of a professional qualification
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What does professional recognition mean?
When do you need professional recognition?
In regulated professions, recognition of your professional qualifications is a mandatory requirement for pursuing the profession or using the professional title. Without recognition, you will not be permitted to work in the regulated profession in Germany with your professional qualifications acquired abroad.Regulated professions in Germany include, for instance, doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, educators and engineers.
In non-regulated professions, recognition is not a mandatory requirement for pursuing the profession. In professions like these, you can apply directly for a position on the labour market and work in the profession. It may, however, be useful to have your qualification evaluated so that employers and companies can better understand your foreign qualifications.
In Germany, all so-called apprenticeship occupations, i.e. occupations that are trained in the dual education system are non-regulated professions.
How can you acquire professional recognition?
Other advisory support
The Point of Single Contact Berlin
Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises