Diakonisches Werk Hamburg

Advice on the recognition of foreign professional and educational qualifications

Did you acquire your professional qualifications abroad and want to work in your profession in Germany? The Central Contact Point for Recognition (ZAA) advises you on the recognition of your foreign professional and educational qualifications.

Important notes


You have acquired a vocational and/or educational qualification abroad.

Documents required

For the consultation, please bring the following documents with you, if they are available:

  • curriculum vitae
  • Certificates / Diplomas
  • German translation of the documents
  • Correspondence and notices from competent authorities and recognition bodies
Depending on the profession, additional documents may be required.

Please note

The following forms of counseling are offered:

  • Personal advice in the ZAA rooms
  • Online consultation via Skype or Zoom
  • telefonic consultancy
  • Written advice via email
In preparation for making an appointment, please inform the staff about the following:
  • Your name, phone number and age
  • Type of your degree and certificate
  • Country of origin of the degree/certificate
  • Are there German translations of your documents?
  • Your expectations from the consultation
When making the appointment, please let us know in which language you can and would like to be advised. Advice can be given in the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • German
  • English
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Italian
  • Pashto
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Belarusian
If you need another language for the consultation, an interpreting specialist will be called in.


There are no deadlines. Please make an appointment early as there may be longer waiting times.

Procedure & Fees


For a detailed consultation, please make an appointment in advance.

Processing time

Appointment duration for personal consultation: 60 minutes



Legal notes

Legal remedies

No information is available on legal remedies.

Legal basis

Professional Qualifications Assessment Act (BQFG)

Service description

Have you immigrated to Germany and have a professional or educational qualification from abroad? Do you need help with the recognition of your qualifications?
The Central Contact Point for Recognition (ZAA) will be happy to advise and support you with the following questions:

  • Do you need recognition to be allowed to work?
  • Can your degree be recognised?
  • Who is responsible for the recognition?
  • What documents are required for recognition?
If you ask yourself these questions and other questions of this kind, you are at the right place at the ZAA.

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Address and contact information


Diakonisches Werk Hamburg
Central Contact Point for Recognition
Schauenburgerstraße 49 20095 Hamburg

Opening hours

After agreement by telephone

Facility info

Public transport

U3 / buses X3 / X35 / 3/4/5/6/16/17/19/31/37 town hall

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