Agricultural and domestic science professions; application for determination of equivalence of professional qualifications
You can have the equivalence of foreign (non-academic) agricultural vocational training with a comparable German occupation (e.g. farmer, animal farmer, gardener, housekeeper) confirmed.
Any person who has obtained a training qualification abroad and intends to work in Germany can apply for an equivalence assessment procedure.
Proof of training means that the applicant must provide evidence of vocational training completed abroad. Anyone who has not acquired a foreign vocational qualification cannot submit an application; purely informal professional qualifications, e.g. those acquired solely through work experience, are not sufficient. Semi-skilled workers or unskilled workers who do not have a professional qualification from another country are therefore not eligible to apply.
The equivalence procedure begins with the application to the competent authority, generally in writing and signed by hand.
An electronic application is also possible if the e-mail or application is provided with a qualified signature; the prerequisite for a qualified signature is that a certificate from a certification service provider is available in accordance with Section 2 No. 3 of the Signature Act. These providers verify the identity of the user and generate an electronic certificate for this person
It is also possible to submit an application by fax if the original bears the signature of the applicant.
Applicants are advised to seek advice from the relevant advisory services in advance. This will allow any questions about the recognition procedure to be answered immediately. The recognition procedure only begins once all the necessary documents have been submitted.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
- Standard procedure: Maximum 3 months after receipt of the necessary documents.
- Accelerated procedure according to § 81 a Residence Act: Maximum 2 months after receipt of the necessary documents.
Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.
The equivalence procedure in accordance with the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act is subject to a fee.
Depending on the effort involved, fees of EUR 100 to 600 may be incurred.
Further information can be found under "Further links".
Administrative court proceedings; information
An action may be brought against the decision before the administrative court. An objection procedure in accordance with Art. 15 of the Act on the Implementation of the Administrative Court Code (AGVwGO) does not have to be carried out in advance. In particular, these are not "personal examination decisions" within the meaning of Art. 15 AGVwGO.
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