Recognition of foreign qualifications

On this page you will find useful links for the recognition of professional qualifications.
Recognition in germany

You have foreign qualifications and wish to have them recognized in Germany. The Recognition Finder will navigate you quickly to the appropriate authority responsible for your case. You also have access to all the information you need about the recognition procedure.


The information portal is a quick and easy way of finding out the German equivalent of your foreign college/university certificate or professional qualification and where you can get this recognised, if required.

(website only available in German)


The Website of ENIC: European Network of Information Centres in the European Region provides information on current issues in international academic and professional mobility, and on procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Hessen Netzwerk IQ

The "advisory service for the recognition of qualifications" (Anerkennungsberatung) is part of the Hessian "Integration with qualifications" (IQ) network.

(website only available in German)

Verwaltungsportal Hessen

The Hessen Info Service provides a detailed description of how foreign professional qualifications in the health sector are recognised in Germany.

(website only available in German)

Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt

Darmstadt Regional Council is responsible for the official recognition of foreign qualifications in the health sector. The applicant must be able to prove that his or her principal residence is in Hesse.

(website only available in German)

Handwerkskammer Logo

The Chambers of Trades and Crafts are responsible for the recognition of all foreign professional qualifications, provided that these are related to craft and trade professions, or professions associated with these, as outlined in the Crafts and Trade Code (Handwerksordnung). The Chamber of Trades and Crafts website provides a range of facts sheets and informative posts.
The Kassel Chamber of Trades and Crafts
The Wiesbaden Chamber of Trades and Crafts

(websites only available in German)


The Centre for Foreign Education is responsible for assessing foreign qualifications in Germany. These include school, professional and university qualifications. The Centre for Foreign Education (ZAB) provides services to education establishments, public authorities and private individuals.

(website only available in German)

IHK Fosa

The IHK FOSA (Foreign Skills Approval) is the national competence centre of the German chambers of industry and commerce for the evaluation and recognition of foreign vocational qualifications. IHK FOSA accepts applications for recognition and examines them in order to determine to what extent the foreign qualifications can be considered equivalent to corresponding German qualifications.

Federal Office of Migration and Refugees

This hotline, run by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge – BAMF) answers your questions about recognition of professional qualifications. The service is provided in German and English. The BAMF hotline is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following number: +49 30 1815-1111. Calls are charged at the standard German landline tariff.
Please note: The BAMF is unable to assess the equivalence of a certificate over the phone. This can only be carried out by the office in charge of checking the certificate.


The info portal for foreign professional qualifications, BQ portal, provides detailed information about foreign vocational training systems and professional certificates, e.g., descriptions of learning objectives and curricula, legal information and a range of other documents.

Netzwerk IQ

The Integration with Qualifications (IQ) Network that operates throughout Germany helps the integration of people from immigrant families in the German labour market. There are a total of 16 regional IQ networks, which cover all federal states. The offices provide an advisory service for those seeking information about the recognition of qualifications. The website lists the details of people to contact and provides further information about the recognition of professional qualifications in Germany, as well as integration in the labour market.