Profession in the skilled crafts sector; applying for recognition of a foreign professional qualification

If you want to work permanently on a self-employed basis in around 200 professions, you do not need a specific professional qualification. You do not have to have your foreign professional qualification recognized. However, you do have the right to a recognition procedure.

Description

Prerequisites

  • You have formal training in a skilled trade from abroad.
  • You would like to work in Germany in the profession in question.

Procedure

  • You submit a written "Application for equivalence assessment" with the necessary documents to the competent body.
  • For professional qualifications from the EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and the documents directly to the competent body or to the Single Point of Contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Point of Single Contact.
  • The competent body will then compare your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and check the equivalence. If your professional qualification is equivalent, it will be recognized. You will receive the notification of equivalence (notification of recognition) in the post.
  • If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognized. You will receive notification of the differences in your foreign professional qualification. You can use this notification to gain further qualifications and later submit a new application for equivalence assessment.

Deadlines

If documents are missing, the competent authority will inform you of this and specify by when you must submit the documents.

Processing time

The responsible office will confirm that your documents have arrived after a maximum of one month. The competent office will inform you if any documents are missing.

If all the necessary documents are available, the procedure will take a maximum of 3 months.

In individual cases, the procedure may be extended once.

Required documents

  • The responsible office will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:

    • Proof of identity (passport or ID card)
    • Fully completed application form
    • List in table form of your education and professional experience (curriculum vitae)
    • Evidence of education
    • Certificate of the type and duration of relevant professional experience
    • a statement that you have not yet submitted an application for an equivalence determination
    • possibly a proof that you want to work in Germany

    The competent office will inform you which documents you have to submit as originals or as certified copies.

    You must submit your documents in German. The translations must be done by publicly appointed or authorized translators.

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung – Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung – Handwerkskammer für Schwaben
    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung – Handwerkskammer für die Handwerkskammer Niederbayern-Oberpfalz
    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung – Handwerkskammer für Oberfranken
    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung – Handwerkskammer für Mittelfranken
    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gleichwertigkeitsfeststellung
    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.

Fees

  • The procedure is subject to a fee. The fee framework of the respective Chamber of Skilled Crafts, which is set out in the individual fee regulations and schedules of the Chambers of Skilled Crafts, is decisive for issuing the notification. For example, fees of EUR 100.00-600.00 are generally charged for the notification of the equivalence assessment of foreign training certificates in accordance with § 40a HwO in conjunction with the Act on the Assessment of the Equivalence of Professional Qualifications (Professional Qualifications Assessment Act -BQFG). The actual amount of the fees depends on the amount of work involved in the procedure. Additional costs may also be incurred (e.g. for translations or notarization of documents). These costs vary from case to case. The Chamber of Crafts will inform you about the costs.

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

Administrative recourse is available against the decision of the Chamber in accordance with Section 40 VwGO.

Status:03.01.2024

Responsible for editing:Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie

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