Germany is one of the main destination where you can strengthen your vocational qualifications in accordance with the career path you achieved in your home country. What are the means that afford young foreign workers and graduates to access to professional recognition?
Professional recognition in Germany is nowadays possible thanks to the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act passed on april 1st, 2012.
In Germany, professional recognition mainly concerns regulated professions (doctors, nurses, teachers, lawyers, engineers etc.).
To obtain recognition of your vocational qualifications, you must intend to work in Germany and you must show proves of the validation of the qualifications you acquired in your home country.
Holding the German nationality and being in the country when you apply for your professional recognition are not mandatory. You must submit your application before entering the German soil.
You would be well advised to check if you are entitled to migrate to Germany before applying for your professional recognition.
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As far as non-regulated occupations are concerned, professional recognition is not necessary. Apply directly for the job you would like to do. However, you are advised to pass an assessment test of your professional skills so as German recruiters can better determine your level of qualification.
To find out what are the competent authorities you must contact for your professional recognition, you are advised to go on the Federal Ministry of Education and research website Recognition in Germany.
Then you must submit your application with the necessary documents (usually proper identification, CV and proves of your vocational qualifications). Once the concerned authorities will have received the required documents, they will be able to determine if your professional level of qualification match with the occupation you want to hold in Germany.
You would be well advised to send copies only (no original documents).