Recognition of degrees
Have you graduated from a college or university abroad or completed a vocational training and now wish to work in your profession in FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM)? Your certificates and diplomas might be subject of proof for formal recognition in Germany.
The recognition process determines an equivalent German degree to your own qualifications. The formal recognition of foreign degrees is mandatory for many professions, while it is only recommended for others. More information on this is available on the website Recognition in Germany.
Statement of Comparability for Foreign Higher Education Qualifications
A Statement of Comparability is an official document that describes the foreign higher education qualification, as well as its professional and academic value. Although it is a certificate and can facilitate access to the German labour market for holders of foreign higher education qualifications it is still not a recognition certificate. Statements of Comparability are issued by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).
With a foreign qualification you are allowed to practice certain professions in Germany only if the foreign degree has been recognised by the government. Among these so-called regulated professions are doctors, nurses, teachers or engineers. The local authorities in your place of residence can assist you in the process of official recognition of your foreign qualifications and degrees. For more information on the recognition process please check the consultation services on anabin. However, it can be relevant if you live in the state of Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz or Bayern in FRM.
As the name says, "non-regulated professions" are not subject to official recognition of foreign qualifications and degrees from the German state. Instead, it is the task of your future employer to assess your qualifications. However, in some cases you can apply for an official recognition. For more information, please go to Recognition in Germany.
In some cases the procedure for recognition of foreign degrees is easier, and in others less so. Regardless of the case, the recognition procedure costs money. Please contact the recognition authority in advance to get information on the fees for your particular case.
In FrankfurtRheinMain, a region with a very high number of immigrants, there are numerous organisations ready to help free-of-charge in all matters related to the process of recognition of foreign degrees. IQ Network Hessen offers advice on the telephone or face-to-face on all questions regarding the process. They provide an initial estimate, identify what offices are responsible for each particular case, provide information on the costs and duration of the process, and assist you along the way.
Many companies in FRM are looking for qualified skilled workers. With a recognised degree, you are sure to find a suitable job according to your qualifications.
The IQ Network Hessen advises and qualifies people who have obtained a vocational, university or school degree abroad and who wish to work in Germany in the profession they have learned and have their degree recognized. Furthermore, refugees get here legal advice on their rights on labor market participation (Advisory Center Fair Integration). In addition, the regional network advises and trains employment agencies, job centers, municipalities and companies in the area of intercultural compe-tence development. All offers are free of charge.
IQ recognition and qualification counselling takes place throughout Hessen. You can find a local offer on our website under the link below. The coordination office of the IQ Network Hessen is located in Offenbach.
District / Cities: District Offenbach
63065 Offenbach am Main
Phone: 069 / 27 22 4 0
We speak: German, English
Costs: Free of charge
Beramí has been involved in professional guidance, qualification and empowerment of women and men since 1990. Beramí's services include consultation on the recognition process for qualifications acquired abroad as well as providing mentoring programs for various target groups. In addition, newcomers are enabled to prepare for a vocational training as an educator. A bridging-course prepares professionals with a foreign degree in economics for the German labour market.
District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
60318 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 91 30 10 30
We speak: German, English, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Arabic
Costs: Free of charge