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Advice - recognition of professional qualifications

Expert advice regarding the recognition of professional qualifications

A number of information centers focused on professional career development in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) are specialized in providing expert advice regarding the recognition of educational qualifications and vocational credentials obtained abroad.

They can assist you with the following questions:

  • You want to clarify whether your educational and vocational qualifications which you obtained abroad can be officially recognized in Germany.
  • You want to know whether the official recognition of your qualifications obtained abroad will increase your chances of employment.
  • You want to know which recognition body is responsible for your recognition procedure.
  • You need support with the preparation of your formal application to start the foreign credential recognition process.
  • You want to know if you can receive financial support to cover the costs of the recognition procedure.
  • You have already received notification about the results of your recognition procedure, but you do not completely understand the document.
  • You have already received a partial recognition of your qualifications obtained abroad and you are now looking for the right supplementary qualification.


Who can make use of these information services?

All adults who work or live in North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and who have already obtained educational and vocational qualifications abroad can make use of these services. This includes refugees regardless of their official residency status or nationality.

The consultation can take up to nine hours (one or more appointments). It is provided free of charge.


Where can I find an information center close to where I live?

You will find information centers in your neighbourhood by clicking on Beratungsstellensuche (Search for information centers) and using the keyword "Fachberatung ausländische Berufsqualifikationen" (Expert advice regarding the recognition of professional qualifications).


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