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Recognition or assessment

Recognition with an Austrian apprenticeship:

The Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy (BMAW) cooperates with Member States of the EU/EEA and other countries on numerous initiatives and at various levels to further develop mutual recognition and accreditation of prior learning. Applications completed vocational training (final examinations) may be recognised by the Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy (BMAW) and made equivalent to corresponding Austrian apprenticeship credentials.

Upon application the Federal Ministry for Labour and Economy (BMAW) may declare vocational training credentials obtained abroad to be equivalent to the related final apprenticeship examination taken under the Austrian system. Furthermore the Ministry may declare the admission to a "restricted" practical examination to achieve full equivalence with the final apprenticeship examination.

Based on special vocational training agreements, a number of vocational training credentials obtained in Germany, Hungary or South Tyrol have been declared equivalent. The BMAW will provide the relevant information on request.

With the full equivalency/recognition of the foreign vocational training certificate with an Austrian apprenticeship-leave exam, the Austrian labor and social security laws as well as the trade regulations apply!

Process:

  1. Fill in the application form
  2. Choose the corresponding Austrian apprenticeship (Support: EUROPASS - certificate supplement. BIC)
  3. Organise beglaubigte Kopien der Zeugnisse
  4. Organise Arbeitsbestätigungen
  5. Further Docs mentioned in application form

Assistance:

AST, or at the office hours at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy (Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 to 11:00 by appointment - by phone: +43 (0)1 711 00 - 805327 or e-mail: anerkennung-lehrabschluss@bmaw.gv.at)

Assessment of a vocational qualification

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy may evaluate vocational training completed abroad. An assessment is an expert statement. It serves as an orientation on the labour market for jobseekers and companies to support employment in an adequate occupation.

The assessment doesn't result in a legal formal equivalence with an Austrian apprenticeship certificate. For this an application for equivalence (§ 27a Abs. 2 BAG) is required.