As the first step for your recognition process you need to know which German profession could be equivalent to yours and if this is a regulated one.
- Regulated professions: A regulated profession is governed by legal or administrative provisions which require proof of specific professional qualifications. For example medical doctor, psychotherapist, nurse, lawyer and teacher are regulated professions. Using the professional title and work in these professions requires professional qualification and their recognition. There is 81 professions and occupations regulated at national level in Germany and 18 professions regulated at at Länder level. You can find a list of all regulated professions on the website of the European Union.
- Non-regulated professions: The access to or exercise of non-regulated professions is not regulated by the state. This means that you can work in these professions without having to apply for a state licence. This applies in particular to all training occupations in the dual system. A list of all recognized (non-regulated) occupations for which training is offered under the dual system in Germany can be found on the website of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training.