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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for equivalence of qualifications and training certificates in accordance with Section 13c of the German Trade Code

Description

The work as a guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial asset intermediary, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan intermediary is regulated in Germany.
This means that you need a commercial permit to work in the professions. For permission, you need a certificate of expertise.

The expertise is the professional qualification you need for the corresponding work.

Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can prove your expertise. To do so, you must have your professional qualifications recognised. Professional qualifications can be: qualifications or qualifications.

If you want to work independently in these professions on a permanent basis, you also need a permit. With permission, you may operate these professions permanently and independently as a trade. You must meet several requirements for permission. An important prerequisite is proof of expertise. You apply for permission in a different procedure.

  • To work as a security guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial asset intermediary, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan intermediary, you need proof of expertise.
  • Proof of expertise is a prerequisite for the granting of the respective commercial license.
  • You can have your foreign professional qualification recognised as proof of expertise.
  • They shall submit an "application for recognition of foreign qualifications and training certificates" to the competent body.
  • For professional qualifications from EU/EEA/Switzerland:
    You can submit the application and documents directly to the competent authority or to a single point of contact. You can also submit the application electronically via the Single Contact Point.
  • The competent body then compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. If your professional qualification is equivalent, it will be recognised. You will then receive the equivalence notice by post or electronically (certificate of recognition).
  • If your professional qualification is not equivalent, it will not be recognised. You will then receive an information about the differences in your professional qualification. You then have the right to a compensatory measure: this can be the 'specific examination of expertise' or 'supplementary information'. The competent authority will inform you of the options. If you successfully complete the compensatory measure, you will receive the notice of equivalence.
  • With the decision of equivalence, you can apply for permission for the relevant trade. You have to make a different request for this.
  • You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. We recommend that you speak to the appropriate body before taking legal action against the decision.
  • You have a professional qualification as a security guard, insurance consultant, insurance intermediary, financial investment intermediary, fee-based financial investment advisor or real estate loan intermediary from abroad.
  • You want to settle permanently in Germany and work in one of the mentioned professions.

The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport in officially certified copy)
  • List in table form with your trainings and your professional practice (curriculum vitae)
  • Proof of training
  • Evidence of relevant professional practice
  • other qualifications
  • If the profession is regulated in your country of training: a certificate that you are allowed to practise the profession in your training country

The competent authority will inform you which documents you must submit in the original or as a certified copy.
Your documents must be presented in German. The translations must be made by publicly appointed or authorised translators.

The competent authority will inform you of the costs. The costs generally depend on the processing effort.

In addition, additional costs may arise (e.B. for translations and certifications). These costs vary individually.

No.

Sometimes documents are still missing from the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you will have to submit the documents.

Forms: Forms are available from the competent body.

Online procedure: Via the Single Contact

Type form requirement:possibly

Personal appearance necessary:no

Online procedure at the Single Contact Point
  • Freedom to provide services
    If you are established in a country in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, you do not need recognition of your professional qualification for temporary and occasional work as a service provider in Germany. However, special conditions apply: you must report your work to the competent body before the first job. The notification (according to Section 13a GewO) takes place in a different procedure.
  • Procedures for late emigrants
    As a late emigrant, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the laws mentioned here or under the Federal Persons of Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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