Recognition of Qualifications

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How can I have my school leaving qualification, degree or training recognised?

The Recognition in Germany website of the German federal institute for vocational training provides a good overview and plenty of information and references on behalf of the German federal ministry of education and research.

If you are looking for information about recognition of your school leaving qualification, you can find this on the website of the senate department for education, youth and families. Once you have completed it, you must submit the PDF application for qualification assessment to the qualification recognition office of the senate department for education, youth and families.

Additional documents required for recognition are:

  • Certified copy of qualifications / academic achievements / academic degrees
  • Certified copy of the translations into German from a sworn interpreter/translator exceptions apply if the original language is English or French
  • Copy of your passport
  • Tabular curriculum vitae

If you make your application in person, you need no authentication if you bring the originals to show and have colour copies with you.

If you are looking for information on recognition of your study, you can likewise find this on the website of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs and on the website of the Senate Department. Please note that a completed higher education degree needs no recognition. The database Anabin helps with information about higher education institutions and qualifications, to enable better classification of the qualification obtained abroad. Help is also offered by the central office for foreign education.

If you are looking for information about recognition of your vocational training, you will find this on the website of the senate department for education, youth and families. Not all occupations require recognition. The recognition finder provided serves as an aid and is available in several languages. A further advice service is offered by the IQ network.

The Berlin Welcome Centre also provides advice on the options for recognition of your qualifications obtained abroad. Furthermore, advice is given in the Welcome Centre for Hardship Funds for Professional Recognition in Berlin. This support programme offers the opportunity to support persons with a professional qualification acquired abroad by financing the recognition procedure. Further information can be found on the Integration Commissioner website.