Environmental engineering professions; application for determination of equivalence of a foreign qualification.

The environmental engineering professions and the corresponding master craftsman training courses are not regulated. However, you can apply for a determination of equivalence of a foreign qualification.



You can apply for an equivalence determination in accordance with the Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz (Vocational Qualifications Determination Act) if you have

  • have successfully completed vocational training abroad and - in the area of regulated professions - are authorized to practice the profession in the country of training, and
  • intend to pursue gainful employment in Bavaria.

An application can be submitted regardless of citizenship and residence status.

Sufficient German language skills are also expected for the exercise of the profession.

Here, the requirements that the applicant must fulfill must be indicated.


Before submitting a written application to the Bavarian School of Administration, we recommend that you have a consultation in advance and then submit your application for recognition! This will help you avoid mistakes in the application and delays in processing. The following points will be clarified during the counseling interview:

  • Is my chosen profession correct?
  • Recognition as a skilled worker or master craftsman?
  • How does the recognition procedure work?
  • Which documents do I have to submit and in which form?
  • What alternatives are there if necessary documents are not available?
  • Are there alternatives to recognition for me?
  • What can I do if I do not receive recognition?
  • What are the possibilities for qualification?

Do you already have some documents in German? Then please bring them with you. During the consultation, you will find out whether you need to have additional documents translated for your application.

The application must then be submitted informally to the Bavarian School of Administration in writing and with the required documents.

The Bavarian School of Administration will decide on the application as the responsible body.

Special notes

The areas of water supply technology and wastewater technology also include the "electrician for specified activities in environmental technology occupations". Here, too, proof of an equivalent qualification is required.

Please note that this occupation requires sufficient knowledge of German to distinguish between requirement, recommendation, permissibility and possibility. The qualification of master craftsmen/mistresses includes the ability to train the corresponding skilled workers.



Processing time

As a rule, the recognition procedure is completed in three months. Missing proofs and documents lead to delays.

Required documents

  • Final reports and subject overviews

    Original or certified copy and translation in German. The translations must be prepared by a publicly appointed or sworn translator.

  • evidence of your professional experience (e.g. references, workbooks)

    Original or certified copy and translation in German. The translations must be prepared by a publicly appointed or sworn translator.

  • Proof of identity

    Copy of identity card or passport

  • Proof of your German language skills

    z. e.g. certificate at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • Notification and letters from other competent authorities in Germany

    If you have already applied.


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • The fees are based on the fee law of the Bavarian School of Administration responsible body and depend on the individual effort for the implementation of the procedure. Costs between 35.00 and 1500.00 EUR may be incurred.

    Possibly further costs: e.g. for translations, certifications, adaptation qualifications or examination fees.


Administrative court action

Details of this procedure can be found in the instructions on appealing your decision.


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