Am I entitled to apply for recognition in Germany?

The access to the procedure is only open for skilled workers. That means you can apply for recognition, if you have completed your vocational training abroad or if you hold a foreign professional qualification or if you have completed a university course abroad and you intend to work in Germany.

What does Recognition mean?

Professional recognition means the evaluation and – in the event of a positive decision – confirmation of the equivalence of foreign professional and vocational qualifications with German qualifications. A formal procedure takes place to consider whether training was equivalent to comparable training in Germany and whether the qualifications can be recognized. We, the IGCC, will help and guide you within the procedure.

Do I need recognition for working in Germany?

  • For regulated professions it is a must( e.g. Lawyer, teacher, medical practitioners)
  • For non-regulated professions it is optional but helpful (a list of qualifications can be found here)

How long does the procedure take?

Depending on your qualification and the respnsible authority, the duration of the procedure will vary

  • Of course there is a variation on case to case basis
  • The IHK FOSA will generally take a decision on your case within 3 months of application
  • The regional chambers of trades and crafts will not demand more than 3 months
  • The ZAB (Central Office for Foreign Education) will evalute your application within 3 months. If your application is for a blue card, the decision will be within 2 weeks

How much does it cost?

  • The IGCC itself will not collect any charges or fees
  • Furthermore costs can be taken over by company or Government job agency in Germany
  • IHK Fosa -depending on the evaluation and case-  charges anything between 100 and 600 Euros - average costs are 420 Euros
  • The charges taken by the regional chambers of trades and crafts are variable, depending on the complexity of the case 
  • ZAB (Central Office for Foreign Education) will charge fixed amount of 200 Euros for the first recognition. Each additional will be charged by 100 Euros.

Which are the responsible authorities?


  • non-regulated professions in the commercial and technical sector

ZAB (Central Office for Foreign Education)

  • non-vocational, non-regulated professions and academic qualifications

The regional Chambers of crafts and trades (Handwerkskammer)

  • craft and trade occupations (baker, hairdresser, painter)

Respective chambers in each state (e.g. German Medical Council)

  • for all regulated professions

How do I find my reference profession in Germany?

Which documents do I need for the recognition procedure?

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • Proof of professional qualification obtained abroad (e.g. academic degree certificate, vocational training certificate) 
  • Proof of relevant work experience (e.g. employment reference, letter of recommendation) 
  • Other proof of skills (such as continuing vocational education and training courses)
  • Declaration that no previous application for equivalence assessment under BQFG has been made
  • Proof of applicant's intention to work in Germany