When is recognition of foreign professional qualifications necessary?

There is a distinction between regulated professions (such as doctors, nurses, teachers) and non-regulated professions (such as training occupations in the dual system). The equivalency review serves a different purpose for regulated professions and non-regulated professions and thus has different legal implications.
  • Foreign professional qualifications equivalence must be proven and is mandatory to practice a regulated profession.
  • For the non-regulated professions, job seekers can apply for and accept work on the labour market without any formal certification of equivalence. However, possession of such certification makes one's foreign qualifications transparent for employers. A certificate of equivalence entitles its holder to the same legal rights as someone who has corresponding German vocational qualifications.
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