Recognising foreign professional qualifications - professional recognition

You have acquired your professional qualifications abroad and you want to work in Berlin in your profession? Depending on your profession, you can or will have to recognize your foreign qualification.

The Single Point of Contact Berlin (EA Berlin) is an advice and information center for questions regarding professional recognition (see "Further Information").

Online processing

Service provided online


  • Professional qualification acquired abroad
  • Original documents or a certified copy
  • Documents in German language (translation)
    If the documents are written in another language, you may also need a translation by a publicly appointed translator. Please contact the responsible office.

Documents required

  • The training courses you have completed and the jobs you have done
    tabular listing
  • Information about your current place of residence
  • Proof of identity
  • Training certificates acquired abroad
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience or other qualifications
    If they are required for the determination of equivalence
  • Declaration as to whether and to which office you have already applied for a determination of equivalence
  • If necessary, notification of determination of equivalence
  • If necessary, further documents
    Depending on the profession, additional documents may be required. Please contact the responsible office.


  • None: online portal and service of the Single Point of Contact Berlin
  • Different: depending on the effort and legal regulations for your profession
  • Additional costs: e.g. for translations, certifications, compensatory measures

Legal basis

Average time to process request

A decision is made within 3 months, provided that all required documents are submitted to the relevant office.

Responsible authorities

"Recognition Finder"

  • find the office responsible for the recognition of your professional qualification. (see "Further Information")
Single Point of Contact Berlin
  • alternatively, you can contact the Single Point of Contact Berlin

You can also access this service online via the Business Portal of the Single Point of Contact.
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