The Recognition Office for Foreign Professional Qualifications conducts the recognition procedures for foreign professional qualifications in regulated social professions according to the Hessian Child and Youth Welfare Code and the Hessian and the Hessian law regarding the recognition of qualifications in caring professions (SozBAG) on behalf of the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK).

Persons who have the corresponding certificates can submit the following applications:

  •  Application for recognition as childcare professional
  • Application for recognition as state-recognized social worker, social pedagogue, curative pedagogue or childhood pedagogue

Find detailed information on the recognition procedure in the Leaflet on recognition procedure for foreign professional qualifications and the FAQ.

Before applying, we recommend seeking free counseling. It will save you time and money. Please contact a recognition office near you. Find contact details and more information at iQ Network or at Recognition in Germany.

Please apply online follow this link (in German). Alternatively you send your application by mail. Please use the Application for recognition of a foreign qualification. It is not possible to apply by email.

Our team and office hours

Please contact the Recognition Office for Foreign Professional Qualifications via email: anerkennung_aeb(at) You can also come see us at Unter den Eichen Campus, building H, room 326.


Our phone hours are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:      9:00 - 12:00 am
Tuesday and Thursday:             12:30 - 3:30 pm


Cornelia Hall
Office Head

Jacqueline Oloyede
Tel: +49 611 9495 2523

Adriana Jarzabek
Tel: +49 611 9495 2522