Forestry professions; application for determination of equivalence of professional qualifications

You can have the equivalence of foreign (non-academic) forestry vocational training confirmed with a comparable German profession.

Description

Prerequisites

Any person who has obtained a training qualification abroad and intends to pursue a corresponding occupation 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 professional 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.

Procedure

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.

Special notes

Applicants are recommended 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.

Deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Processing 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.

Required documents

  • You must submit the following documents:

    • Tabular list in German of the training courses completed and the gainful employment pursued
    • Certified copy of identity document (identity card or passport)
    • Proof of training qualification acquired abroad, if applicable with training contents (e.g. schedule of classes, syllabus)
      The proof must be submitted in the original or as a certified copy. If the document is in a non-German language, it must be accompanied by a translation certified by a state-certified or publicly appointed and sworn interpreter or translator.
    • Other evidence of qualifications
      The evidence must be submitted in the original or as a certified copy. In the case of all documents in non-German, translations certified by a state-certified or publicly appointed and sworn interpreter or translator must be enclosed.
    • Proof of relevant professional experience (e.g. employer's reference, work book)
      The proof must be submitted in the original or as a certified copy. In the case of documents in a non-German language, a translation confirmed by a state-certified or publicly appointed and sworn interpreter or translator must be enclosed.
    • Proof that gainful employment is to be pursued in Germany (e.g. application for an entry visa for gainful employment, contacting potential employers, business concept in the case of self-employment).
      This proof requirement does not apply to nationals of the EU/EEA/Switzerland and to persons residing in the EU/EEA/Switzerland.

Fees

  • 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 EUR 600 may be incurred.

    Further information can be found under "Further links".

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

An action against the decision can be brought 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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Status:19.01.2024

Responsible for editing:Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft, Forsten und Tourismus

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