You can apply for a determination of equivalence in accordance with the Bavarian Vocational Qualifications Determination Act (BayBQFG), provided that you have
- have successfully completed vocational training abroad and
- intend to work in Bavaria.
An application can be submitted regardless of citizenship and residence status.
Sufficient German language skills are also expected for the occupation.
You can submit the application for recognition of your foreign qualification in writing or electronically via the secure communication platform to the Certificate Recognition Office of the Bavarian State Office for Schools.
First, they will check whether your foreign qualification can be assigned to the reference occupation you specified. If necessary, the State Office for Schools will inform you which other office is responsible for you. In this case, you can withdraw the application free of charge.
Within the framework of the equivalence examination of your foreign qualification, the State Office for Schools will check in particular whether your foreign qualification qualifies you for comparable professional activities as evidenced by the corresponding Bavarian training certificate and whether there are significant differences between the foreign qualification and the corresponding Bavarian vocational training.
Evidence of relevant professional experience (from abroad or from Germany) and other proof of qualification (e.g. additional qualifications or further and advanced training) will also be taken into account.
If no significant differences are found, the full equivalence of your foreign qualification can be determined.
If there are significant differences and at the same time comparable qualification contents, the existing qualifications as well as the differences to the Bavarian qualification will be described in the decision.
Late repatriates can alternatively submit an application for the determination of equivalence in accordance with the Federal Expellees Act (BVFG).
Within the framework of this free procedure - in contrast to the procedure according to the Bavarian Vocational Qualification Assessment Act (BayBQFG) - professional experience and/or further education cannot be taken into account.
Late repatriates can choose whether to submit an application in accordance with the BayBQFG or the Federal Expellees Act (BVFG).
If an application is submitted in accordance with BVFG, it must be accompanied by appropriate proof (Spätaussiedlerbescheinigung / ID card for displaced persons).
The State Office for Schools will confirm receipt of your application within one month and, if necessary, inform you which documents need to be supplemented. If the documents are complete, the decision will be made within three months. In justified cases, this period may be extended appropriately.
An appeal (administrative court action) is permitted against the decision of the competent body. This allows you to take legal action against the decision so that it can be reviewed. Details on this can be found in the information on legal remedies at the end of your decision. However, you are advised to clarify the disputed issues with the responsible office before filing an appeal.