Recognition of Qualifications
Have you studied abroad or completed vocational training and would now like to work in this profession in FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM)? Then you may need to have your qualifications recognised in Germany.
The recognition process determines which German qualification is equivalent to your qualifications from abroad. Having your qualifications recognised is a requirement for many jobs and for others it is recommended. More information on this is available on the website Recognition in Germany.
Statement of Comparability
A Statement of Comparability (Zeugnisbewertung) is an official document that confirms your higher education qualifications. It is not the same as having your qualifications recognised, but may facilitate access to the German labour market. Statements of Comparability are issued by the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB).
You may only work in certain professions in Germany if your qualification from abroad has been recognised by the government, for example as a doctor, nurse, teacher or engineer. These are the so-called “regulated professions”. The local authorities in your area are responsible for the process of having qualifications recognised. You will find information and advice on services for this process on anabin. It also depends whether you live in the states of Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz or Bayern.
On the other hand, for the "non-regulated professions" such as mechatronics and IT, it is not a requirement that qualifications are officially recognised. Instead, it is down to your future employer to assess your qualifications. However, in some cases you can also opt to have your qualifications recognised. More information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF), Recognition in Germany.
In some cases the procedure for having foreign qualifications recognised is straight forward, and in others less so. In any case it costs money. Please ask the relevant authority in advance how high the fees will be in your case.
In FrankfurtRheinMain, a region with a lot of newcomers, there are numerous organisations that provide good advice free-of-charge on all matters related to the process of having qualifications recognised. IQ Network Hesse offers advice on the telephone or in person. They provide an initial estimate, identify which services are responsible for you, provide information on the costs and duration of the process, and assist you during the whole procedure.
Many companies in FRM are looking for qualified skilled workers. With a qualification that is recognised, you will certainly find a job that will do justice to your qualifications.
The IQ Network Hesse advises people with a vocational, university or school qualification from abroad. They assist those who would like to work in Germany in the job in which they have training, and advise them on having their qualifications recognised and also on possible further qualifications. Furthermore, refugees can obtain legal advice on their rights on the job market (Beratungsstelle Faire Integration - Advisory Center Fair Integration). In addition, the regional network also advises and trains employment agencies, job centers, municipalities and companies in the area of intercultural competence development. All of the services are free of charge.
IQ provide advice on having qualifications recognized as well as on further qualifications throughout Hessen. You can find your local service on our website under the link below. The coordinating office of the IQ Network Hesse is located in Offenbach.
District / Cities: District Offenbach
63065 Offenbach am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 272240
We speak: German, English
Costs: Free of charge
Since 1990 beramí has been involved in the area of professional counselling, professional development and the empowerment of women and men with a migrant or refugee background. The focus of their services includes advice on having qualifications from abroad recognised, and advice on further qualifications, as well as providing mentoring programs for various target groups. In addition, they enable newcomers to prepare for vocational training as educators. A bridging course for economists is aimed at academics with qualifications from abroad.
District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
60318 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 (0)69 91 30 10 30
We speak: German, English, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Arabic
Costs: Free of charge