Further training frequently opens up all kinds of opportunities. To make sure you make the most of what you have learned, sound planning, execution and follow-up are important.
What are my objectives?
Do you want to learn a new language, extend your computer knowledge or optimise your personal time management skills? You can pursue a wide variety of career objectives by undertaking further training. You can catch up on the occupation-specific knowledge you lack, take a vocational further training course, or train privately while continuing to work. It is important that you should first of all think carefully about the career objectives you wish to pursue with that commitment. It is important to have a precise objective so that your employer is able to provide the best possible support for you.
If you have concrete questions of an organisational nature when starting to make plans, you can seek help from professional further training counsellors, for example at labour agencies, the respective chambers of trade and industry, professional associations or adult education centres, or from counsellors in the municipal and district educational guidance centres. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research also runs a telephone service providing information on further training. There you can get nationwide guidance on all issues of further training. In many companies, you can also get help from the staff of the human resources department.
Tip: clarify what objective you aim to pursue with further training and involve your employer too!
The admission requirements differ hugely depending on the type of further training and can range from school-leaving qualifications or language proficiency to prior completion of a foundation course. The corresponding level of knowledge is a key basis for numerous further training courses and proof can be provided simply by submitting a certificate.
Certificates are important
With many providers, it is usual to submit qualification certificates in German, which means that you must first have your certificate translated if you do not have a German version. For courses taught in German, it is not, in general, explicitly stated that sufficient knowledge of German (at least a B2 level, usually) is required. For courses taught in another language, this is mentioned in most cases. You can get information about the required language skills from the provider.
In addition, "modular" courses also exist in many domains; these consist of several courses which build upon one another. This is often the case of language courses, for example. You start at a specific level and when you have successfully completed the course, you can at-tend a higher level.
Tip: find out about the admission requirements early and check whether you meet all the crite-ria or whether you need further qualifications!
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)