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. Whatever kind of further training you opt for, it is important that you should first of all think carefully about the career objectives you wish to pursue with that commitment. This kind of reflection will not only help you to find the right offer for you, it is also 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, on work days from 10am to 5pm, 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. For example, many courses require specific academic diplomas, such as secondary school-leaving diplomas or university degrees. 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. For example, a specialised computer course may be offered not in German, but in English. 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. For a communications course in Spanish, for example, you will be re-quired to have a basic command of Spanish. But don’t worry, with most courses this is self-explanatory. Regardless of what admission requirements are set out by the course provider, they are generally binding. The best thing is to enquire in plenty of time to be able to acquire any skills you lack before the course begins
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)
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)