Craft trade subject to licensing; application for recognition of a foreign professional qualification

You can enter your professional qualification from abroad in the Register of Craftsmen. To do this, you must have your professional qualification recognized by the Chamber of Skilled Crafts.

Description

Prerequisites

  • You have proof of training acquired abroad.
  • This training certificate - if required - is equivalent to the master craftsman's examination in the craft requiring a license, taking into account other certificates of qualification.
  • You intend to take up gainful employment in Germany.

Procedure

  • You submit an "Application for equivalence assessment" to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts.
  • For professional qualifications from the EU/EEA/Switzerland: You can submit the application and the documents directly to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts or to the Single Point of Contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Single Point of Contact.
  • The Chamber of Skilled Crafts 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 then receive the notification of equivalence by post or electronically (notification of recognition).
  • If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognized. You will then receive notification of the differences in your professional qualification. You then have the right to a compensation measure: this can be an adaptation period or an aptitude test. If you successfully complete the compensation measure, you will receive the notice of equivalence.
  • With the notice of equivalence, you can be entered in the Register of Craftsmen. To do this, you must submit an "Application for entry in the Register of Craftsmen".

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 Chamber of Skilled Crafts will confirm that your documents have arrived after a maximum of one month. The Chamber of Skilled Crafts 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.

For professional qualifications from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland, the procedure may be extended by a maximum of one month.

Required documents

  • The Chamber of Crafts will inform you which documents you need to submit.

    Important documents are generally:

    • Proof of identity (passport or ID card)
    • Fully completed application form
    • List in tabular form of your education and professional experience (curriculum vitae)
    • Proof of education
    • Certificate of the type and duration of relevant professional experience
    • If the profession is regulated in your country of training: a certificate that you are allowed to practice the profession in your country of training. The certificate must be from the competent authority in your country of training.
    • A declaration that you have not yet applied for an equivalence assessment.
    • possibly a proof that you want to work in Germany (not applicable for applicants from EU/EEA/Switzerland)

    The Chamber of Skilled Crafts 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.

Fees

  • The procedure is subject to a fee. The fee framework of the respective Chamber of Skilled Crafts, which is specified in the individual fee regulations and fee schedules of the Chambers of Skilled Crafts, is decisive for 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 § 50b 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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