What results are possible?

Should the process establish there are no significant differences between the foreign and the corresponding German qualification, a certificate of full equivalence will be issued. This is not the same as a German examination certificate, however; it is certification of equivalence. The holder of a certificate of equivalence is subject by law to the same treatment as anyone with a corresponding German vocational qualification.

If significant differences exist despite similarities in the substance of the qualification, the responsible authority will, for training occupations, describe the acquired skills and the differences to a German qualification. This detailed description of the status of their qualifications will help skilled staff on the labour market and to pursue further individually appropriate training.

For the regulated professions: if significant differences are determined, there are formalized compensation measures such as examinations or adaptation periods that can be taken to gain authorization to pursue the profession. These compensatory measures establish equivalence of skills and abilities.
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