You’ve made it
Great value is placed on diplomas and certificates in Germany. After successfully completing a further training course, you should in all cases be issued with proof of participation, a certificate or a diploma. You can submit this proof of proficiency to your employer, enclose it with future job applications, or hand it in to the funding organisation from which you received financial aid. It might allow you to assume new tasks at work. In the case of external training courses, you will usually also receive a document stating the amount of time you spent there. You can also submit this to your employer. If your further training was funded by your company, this is often required by your employer as a tally with your absences. Whatever you do, you should include the training in your CV.
Tip:keep your diplomas and include further training in your CV. That way, you will score points when you next apply for a post.
After completing further training
After completing further training, the watchword is – don’t rest on your laurels! To make sure you draw lasting benefit from what you have learned and are able to use it in your line of work, you should take a little time to think back over your course. Think about what went well, and whether the course came up to your expectations. The important thing is to find a way to put what you learned into actual practice. If your line manager or work colleagues see that you are now capable of doing other tasks, that can have a positive impact on your salary and career opportunities. If you were satisfied with your training, evaluating it may help you opt for further more training in the future. Lastly, do not forget to submit all the required documents, such as diplomas and certificates to your employer or funding body.
Tip: share your experiences so that your colleagues can benefit from your knowledge and you can show what you have learned.
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
“Quality of continuing education and training” checklist (German, English)
Information on further training (German, English)
Alphabetical search for further training opportunities (German, English)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Information on further training (German)
Recognition in Germany
Find out about procedures for having your professional qualifications recognised (i.a. English, German, Spanish, French)