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Submitting an application

Entitlement to submit an application

All persons who have acquired a state recognised foreign vocational qualification and would like to practise this profession in Germany are entitled to submit an application. Persons having acquired informal or non-formal qualifications, e.g. qualifications achieved only by professional experience, are not eligible to apply for recognition.  

Applicants who are not resident in Germany or within the EU/EEA/Switzerland or who are not nationals of the specified countries must also provide evidence that they wish to pursue the profession they have learned. Documents suitable for this purpose could be: employment contract, contact with employers in Germany, entry visa or applying for an entry visa (in case employment contract exists).

Submitting an application is possible regardless of nationality and residential status, it is also possible to apply from abroard.

Immigration of skilled workers

Please find out whether a recognition procedure is a precondition for immigration to Germany in your case. This is often the case if you want to work in Germany.

Working in Germany - Process of recognition of your professional qualification

Flyer "Recognition of foreign professional and vocational qualifications in Germany"
Flyer of the portal Recognition in Ger-many. The Graphic "How the recognition procedure works!" shows step by step how to proceed with the recognition of your professional qualification.

Application and documents

You must send an application to the IHK FOSA in order to have your foreign professional qualification verified.

You can find the application form here:

IHK FOSA Application Form including overview documents to be attached

IHK FOSA Application Form
Application for Foreign Professional Qualifications Equivalence including overview documents to be attached

Specification of the German reference qualification

The German reference qualification, with which the foreign qualification is to be compared, must be entered in the application. Below you will find a list of IHK professions, for which IHK FOSA is the competent body. In the event of uncertainties regarding the reference profession, advice from the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce or other advice centers is recommended.  

Choice: List of IHK professions

IHK Berufeliste
Liste mit allen Ausbildungsberufen und Fortbildungs- abschlüssen in Zuständigkeit der IHK FOSA

From partial equivalence to full recognition

In the case of partial equivalence, you can offset the differences by attending adaption measures (practical training, work experience, training courses) in order to compensate missing skills. Thereafter it is possible to submit a subsequent application within five years to get a full recognition of professional qualifications.

If you have a partial recognition of your qualification, contact please your regional Chamber of Industry and Commerce or another recognition counseling in order to find out what kind of compensation measures you can attend. You can also get some Information from the IHK FOSA.

IHK FOSA Follow up Application including overview documents to be attached

IHK FOSA Follow-up Application
Follow-up application including overview documents to be attached

Important information

Form of the application

Please submit your application together with all required documents as a loose-leaf collection. Please refrain from any kind of stapling.


Send us your documents as color copies, preferably in A4 format. Please do not send us any originals without being asked (except for the application form). We accept no liability for these. Incomplete, illegible copies cannot be considered in the procedure.


With the exception of documents in english language, all documents in foreign langauges must be translated into German. 

Translations will only be accepted from translators who are publically appointed or sworn. You will find a list of German translators at www.justiz-dolmetscher.de.

The IHK FOSA can waive the requirement for translations where, e.g. an employee has a command of the language himself/herself.

Please send your application documents to

Ulmenstraße 52g
90443 Nürnberg

You’re also welcome to send us your application by e-mail to info@ihk-fosa.de. Format: PDF only!

Information portal of the Federal Employment Agency on all state-recognized vocational as well as further training occupations in Germany. You will find here brief descriptions of job profiles and fields of activity, common job titles, legal bases and further information.