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Validations

Assessment of foreign qualifications

Assessment of foreign examination certificates should facilitate assessment of the value of school qualifications attained abroad and thorough evaluation of comparability with an Austrian school qualification.

The assessment provided primarily helps with job hunting.

The assessment does not replace recognition of qualifications for access to professions regulated by law, or validation of certificates.

There is no charge for a request for assessment, which can be made online at: www.asbb.at

(Technical support: asbb.helpdesk@tertschnig.at)

Information zur Bewertung von ausländischen Berufsbildungsabschlüssen (Information on assessment of foreign vocational education qualifications) (in German only)

Informationen zur Bewertung der 8. Schulstufe oder zur Bewertung eines Pflichtschulabschlusses (9., 10. oder 11. Schulstufe) (Information on assessment of the 8th school grade or a compulsory school leaving certificate – 9th, 10th or 11th grade) (in German only)

Validation of foreign qualifications

Qualifications from a school attended abroad or examinations taken abroad can be recognised as equivalent (validation) if the validation is required for attainment of eligibility.

Validation of foreign (matriculation) certificates is based on comparison of the examinations passed and the course attended with a corresponding Austrian qualification.

Appropriate additional examinations must be prescribed if there is insufficient proof for individual subjects. The additional examinations are taken in the form of examinations for external candidates (in German only) at an appropriate school.

Public opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm.

List of advisers responsible for validation at the BMBWF 

Compulsory school certificates

Informationen zur Bewertung der 8. Schulstufe oder zur Bewertung eines Pflichtschulabschlusses (9., 10. oder 11. Schulstufe) (Information on assessment of the 8th school grade or a compulsory school leaving certificate – 9th, 10th or 11th grade) (in German only)

Ms Christine Seifner
Department I/5, room 118
Freyung 1
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 4369
christine.seifner@bmbwf.gv.at

Public consultations are held every Tuesday and Thursday (working days) from 9 am – 12 pm. 

It is essential that you book an appointment (by telephone or email) with Ms Seifner. 

Please send originals by post only by agreement with the official dealing with your request (by telephone or email).

Part-time vocational schools

Please note: various bodies are responsible for validation because of the dual system in Austrian education. Only the Federal Ministry of Education validates school qualifications (part-time vocational school certificates); requests for validation of foreign teaching professions that grant eligibility to exercise a profession are to be directed to the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs.

anerkennung-lehrabschluss@bmdw.gv.at

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation ausländischer Schulabschlüsse – Berufsschulen (Fact sheet on validation of foreign school qualifications – part-time vocational schools) (in German only)

Ms Karin Schreiber
Department I/10, room 343
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 4489 
karin.schreiber@bmbwf.gv.at

Please telephone to make an appointment or contact us by email. 

Academic secondary schools

Ms Silvia Bauer
Department I/6, room 305
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna
silvia.bauer@bmbwf.gv.at

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation eines ausländischen Jahreszeugnisses der allgemein bildenden höheren Schulen (Fact sheet on validation of a foreign academic secondary school annual report) (in German only)

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation eines ausländischen Reifeprüfungszeugnisses der allgemein bildenden höheren Schulen (Fact sheet on validation of a matriculation certificate from a foreign academic secondary school) (in German only)

Preliminary information about validating and assessing academic secondary school qualifications can be obtained from 9am – 12 pm, Monday to Thursday by telephoning +43 1 53120 4474. 

Public consultations are held every Tuesday and Thursday (working days) from 9 am – 12 pm by appointment. 

Please telephone to make an appointment or contact Silvia Bauer by email. 

Please send originals by post only by agreement with the official dealing with your request (by telephone or email).

Colleges and schools of business administration

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation ausländischer Schulabschlüsse – Kaufmännische Schulen (Fact sheet on validation of a foreign school qualification – business administration schools) (in German only)

Mr Norbert Hanauer
Department I/12, room 438a
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 4427 
norbert.hanauer@bmbwf.gv.at 

Schools and colleges of engineering, arts and crafts

Please send originals only by agreement (by telephone or email) with the official dealing with your request.

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation ausländischer Schulabschlüsse – Technische, gewerbliche und kunstgewerbliche Schulen (Fact sheet on validation of foreign school qualifications – engineering, arts and crafts schools) (in German only)

Ms Sabine Niemeyer
Department I/11a, room 410
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 4415
sabine.niemeyer@bmbwf.gv.at

Ms Yasmin Catal
Department I/11a, room 406
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna
T +43 1 53120 4408
F +43 1 53120 4130
yasmin.catal@bmbwf.gv.at

Schools and colleges for tourism; schools and colleges for fashion and clothing; schools and colleges for art and design
Schools and colleges of management and service industries
Colleges of agriculture and forestry
Schools of social occupations 

Please send originals only by agreement (by telephone or email) with the official dealing with your request.

Merkblatt zur Nostrifikation ausländischer Schulabschlüsse – Höhere land- und forstwirtschaftliche Schulen sowie Schulen für Tourismus, für Mode, für wirtschaftliche Berufe, für Kunst und Gestaltung, für Produktmanagement und Präsentation (Fact sheet on validation of foreign school qualifications – colleges of agriculture and forestry, schools of tourism, fashion, management and service industries, art and design, product management and presentation) (in German only)

Ms Karin Dissmann
Department I/13, room 416
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna 
T +43 1 53120 4466
karin.dissmann@bmbwf.gv.at

Ms Melanie Bilek 
Department I/13, room 419
Minoritenplatz 5
1010 Vienna 
T +43 1 53120 4496
melanie.bilek@bmbwf.gv.at

Kindergarten teacher and social pedagogy diplomas (from EU/EEA countries, Switzerland or third countries)

Assessments:

An assessment does not authorise you to work as a kindergarten teacher or social pedagogue in Austria, as these are regulated professions. Regulated professions require either a formal recognition procedure to be carried out (if you trained in EU/EEA/Switzerland) or a validation process (if you trained in a third country).

Procedure for formal recognition of qualifications (from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland):

Application must be made to the respective competent Federal Government offices for formal recognition procedures in accordance with EU Directive 2005/36/EC for qualifications from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland. These offices will also conduct the procedures.

Validation process (third countries):

  1. Contact the competent official (+43 1 53120 2835; harald.ottmann@bmbwf.gv.at) or assessment via the Recognition Application Information System (AAIS) (studies).
  2. After it has been established that vocational education and training in third countries is comparable with the respective Austrian vocational education and training for kindergarten teaching or social pedagogy (amongst other things you will need original supporting documents, translations of these by translators sworn as translators in Austria, certification, etc.), you will be required to contact the competent official (again) for information about further procedure.
  3. After the contents have been checked, the correct supporting documents supplied, etc., you will receive a decision which sets out any ways in which the vocational education and training in a third country does not compare to that in Austria. The examinations listed in the decision must be taken at a corresponding institution (Training Institute for Early Childhood Education – BAfEP, Training Institute for Social Pedagogy – BASOP).
  4. After validation the foreign diploma/certificate is equivalent to an Austrian diploma/certificate.

N.B.: Public consultations are held every Tuesday and Thursday (working days) from 9 am to 12 pm. You are requested to please telephone the official handling your request beforehand. 

Please send originals only by agreement (by telephone or email) with the official dealing with your request.

Mr Harald Ottmann 
Department I/4, room 316
Freyung 1
1010 Vienna 
T +43 1 53120 2835 
F +43 1 53120 812835 
harald.ottmann@bmbwf.gv.at

Replacement for a lost certificate

Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm.

Ms Elisabeth Weiser
elisabeth.weiser@bmbwf.gv.at
T +43 1 53120 2366
Building: Freyung 1, room 209

Ms Natalia Czakler
natalia.czakler@bmbwf.gv.at
T +43 1 53120 2388
Building: Freyung 1, room 214

Ms Ulrike Schuschnig
ulrike.schuschnig@bmbwf.gv.at
T +43 1 53120 2307
Building: Freyung 1, room 228 

Links

Application for assessment of a foreign certificate (form)

Examinations for external candidates (in German only)