Here are numerous providers on the further training market. Besides training by external providers, in-company further training is also widespread practice in Germany. The best thing to do is first of all to clarify with your manager whether you are entitled to further training in the company.
If your company does not offer in-company further training, or if it does include a suitable course, you have the possibility of consulting an external provider. There is a large selection of further training institutes in Germany both for in-company and external training: (private) universities, trade corporations and chambers of trade and industry, (private) training institutes and also adult education centres (Volkshochschulen). Note that training courses by external providers can be costly. Compare course content and the prices of the different providers before deciding.
Tip: before engaging an external provider, enquire about further training offers in your company.
Checking for quality
inding the right further training provider is no simple matter. Importantly, you must be able to be confident of their quality and that the course content coincides with your learning objectives. The certification of the provider is also important. Particularly in the case of external providers, you should make sure that they are continuously inspected and are state-approved. Recognised quality certification includes, for example:
- AZAV – “Recognition and Authorisation Ordinance for the Promotion of Employment
- DIN EN ISO 9000ff – Guideline of the German Institute for Standardisation
- DIN ISO 29990 – Guideline of the International Standards Organisation
- LQW – “Learner-focused Quality Testing in Further Training”
- EFQM – European Foundation for Quality Management
Quality labels granted by approval bodies or associations, such as Weiterbildung Hamburg e. V., Weiterbildung Hessen e. V. or Wuppertaler Kreis, are also widely found. You can find out more on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
You can also find out from colleagues or the Internet about a given provider and judge in advance whether the further training course is worthwhile for you. It is often worth talking with the human resources department. In many companies, the human resources managers are in charge of managing further training and can provide helpful tips. Answering the following questions may facilitate your choice:
- Does certification of the provider guarantee quality?
- Is the learning material up-to-date, and what kind of impression do the premises make?
- What qualifications do the teaching staff have?
- Are the participants instructed in how to record their progress and put what they have learned into practice?
- Is the provider certified?
If you answer these questions with “yes”, you have probably found the right provider for you.
Tip: take time to check exactly whether the provider's services fit in with your objectives and wishes.
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)
Guide on professional further training topics (PDF) (German)
Recognition in Germany
Find out about procedures for having your professional qualifications recognised (i.a. English, German, Spanish, French)