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Recognition of vocational qualifications

Upon application the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) 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 BMDW will provide the relevant information on request.

Transparency documents - Europass

The Europass is a single document valid throughout Europe; it offers unified structured presentation of training backgrounds and is a means of helping individuals make their qualifications clearly understood and recognised in other European countries. The target is to increase transparency of personal skills and qualifications.

The Europass consists of the following five documents:

  • Europass Curriculum Vitae (single format for writing individual CVs)
  • Europass Mobility (to record skills, qualifications and competences acquired abroad)
  • Europass Certificate Supplement and Europass Diploma Supplement (provide standardised descriptions of the nature and content of courses completed)
  • Europass Language Passport (describes the bearer’s language skills)


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