How does the equivalency review process work?

The responsible authority will review whether there are differences in terms of substance and duration between the qualification obtained abroad and German vocational training (reference qualification).

If substantial differences between vocational qualifications exist, the responsible authority determines whether they can be offset by any other qualifications (continuing education, additional training) or by proven professional experience which may have been gained either in Germany or abroad.

Should the responsible authority not receive sufficient proof or otherwise lack information necessary to carry out the process, the scope of application of the BQFG allows for a qualifications analysis to determine how a foreign qualification compares with the German profile of the occupation in terms of professional skills, knowledge and abilities. An analysis of qualifications occurs through use of different instruments, which may include analysis of work samples or interviews.
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