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Apply for permission to use the professional title "engineer" or "engineer"


In the Federal Republic of Germany, the professional title "engineer" is protected by law and regulated in the Engineering Act in accordance with the respective state law. If you want to take this job title but do not have an educational qualification that is legally entitled to do so, you need a permit from the Chamber of Engineers.

Engineer may call himself who in Germany

  • a higher education in a technical and/or scientific discipline with a standard period of study of at least three years;
  • an apprenticeship in a technical or scientific subject at a state-recognised vocational academy,
  • an apprenticeship at a public engineering school or a private engineering school legally equivalent to it in terms of graduation, or
  • a manager's course at a state-recognised mountain school

has been successfully completed and authorised by the competent authority to carry the title.

For foreign degrees, a permit to be awarded the professional title of engineer is required, which is granted on request. In the context of this application procedure, it is examined whether the degree acquired abroad is equivalent to a German engineering degree and is thus recognised and which subject area it corresponds to. Applicants who are not nationals of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland may be refused authorisation by the Chamber of Engineers if reciprocity of recognition is not guaranteed.

A term similar to the professional title "engineer" or a word combination with such a designation may only be used by those who may hold the professional title "engineer".

The competent body is governed by national law. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber of Engineers of the country where you have

  • Your domicile or
  • have your professional office.

Approval for the professional title of engineer is subject to a fee. The decision, which includes the verification of foreign engineering degrees, is also subject to a fee.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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