Validation of international school certificates
Certificates confirming school attendance abroad or examinations taken outside Austria can be recognised as equivalent (validated) if validation is required in order for you to gain a particular eligibility or entitlement (e.g. employment in a profession that is regulated by law in Austria).
You can only apply to have a certificate validated if it was issued by a school abroad whose status corresponds to that of an Austrian public school or private school with public status.
Validation is based on a detailed comparison of the examinations taken and classes attended with a corresponding Austrian certificate.
If you cannot provide sufficient proof of individual subjects, appropriate additional examinations must be prescribed. The additional examinations are taken in the form of ‘Externistenprüfungen’ (examinations for external candidates).
In addition, it may also be necessary for you to attend classes or take final examinations.
Please note that validation is not required for the following purposes:
If you hold a certificate from an EU/EEA country, a procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications is required if you wish to practise a legally regulated profession.
If you wish to enter employment or work in an unregulated trade, assessment is usually sufficient.
Due to various legal regulations, no assessment or validation is required for most higher or further education courses (universities, universities of applied sciences, university colleges of teacher education, post-secondary vocational education and training (VET) colleges and adult education courses).
The education institution in question is entitled to make its own admission decisions.
Please contact the admissions office at the relevant education institution directly.
- Private universities (accredited)
- Universities of applied sciences
- University colleges of teacher education
- Post-secondary VET colleges
Submitting your application
Your application must be accompanied by the original documents (for more information, see the relevant fact sheet).
Please send your application only after consultation (by phone or email) with the competent official. You can then submit your application in person or by post (registered mail).
Please note that face-to-face meetings are, without exception, only by appointment with the relevant official. Appointments can be arranged by phone or email and are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Areas of responsibility – contact details
Completion of compulsory schooling (9th, 10th, 11th years of education) and 8th year of education
T +43 1 53120 4369
Academic secondary schools
Department I/4, room 303
Department I/4, room 305
T +43 1 53120 4474
Part-time vocational schools
Department I/9, room 350
T +43 1 53120 4489
Please note that the BMBWF only validates school qualifications (part-time vocational school certificates); applications for accreditation of international apprenticeships that grant the right to practise a profession should be sent to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy: anerkennung‑email@example.com.
Technical, engineering, and arts and crafts schools
Department I/10a, room 410
T +43 1 53120 4415
Department I/10a, room 406
T +43 1 53120 4408
Business administration schools (colleges and schools of business administration)
Department I/11, room 438a
T +43 1 53120 4427
Schools of tourism, fashion, and art and design; schools for economic and social professions; colleges of agriculture and forestry
Department I/12, room 419
T +43 1 53120 4496
Fact sheet on the validation of school-leaving qualifications from outside Austria – schools of tourism, fashion, and art and design; schools for economic and social professions; colleges of agriculture and forestry (PDF, 95 KB)
Early childhood education and social pedagogy
Department II/9, room 349
T +43 1 53120 2835; F +43 1 53120 812835
Please note that in Austria, the professions of kindergarten teacher and social pedagogue are regulated professions.
The following legal regulation therefore applies:
Certificates from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland require a procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications pursuant to EU Directive 2005/36/EC; the application must be submitted to the relevant office of the state government.
Certificates from third countries (all other countries) must be validated. Please contact the competent official, Harald Ottmann, on +43 1 53120 2835 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An assessment is possible in principle, but it does not enable you to take up employment in Austria.
Education and training in the field of sports teaching and physical education and for instructors and coaches
Department I/5, room 416
T +43 1 53120 2574
For details of the documents required, please see the fact sheet for the school sector in question.
Please note the applicable certification rules for your original certificates.
- Application (€14.30)
- School-leaving certificate (€14.30)
- Other certificates (€14.30 per certificate)
- Supporting documents (e.g. registration of residence, birth certificate, proof of citizenship, marriage certificate) (€3.90 per document)
- Certification (€14.30)
- Official notification (€6.50)
- Certification (€2.10)
The applicant must pay the costs of any translations of the required documents, certification fees, examination fees and teaching materials.