Forms of further training

Take advantage of further training to develop yourself personally and professionally, expand your knowledge, and remain employable until retirement age. Whether you have just arrived in Germany and want to improve your German, need new specialist expertise in a certain technology or take on management tasks, further training can give you the knowledge you need in all of these areas. Lifelong learning supports you in expanding your professional and personal skills or learning something completely new.

There are many ways in which you can expand your existing knowledge: Participating in workshops or advanced training courses in your company are just as suitable as familiarizing yourself with a new area of ​​responsibility, taking part in external training or studying alongside your job.

Learning on the job

In the so-called “training on the job” you will be guided by an experienced employee. Here you can get very specific answers to questions that you are currently dealing with in your work and that you need support in solving. Depending on your job, the content can range from operating software specifically used in your company, dealing with a specific customer to handling a new machine.

In-company training – staying

In-company training offers you the advantage that you can usually acquire new skills during working hours with the help of a seminar leader and apply them directly to your everyday work. In this way, you will stay fit for the job and master new challenges in your profession.In-house training courses are often specially tailored to the topics of the employees. Depending on the industry and company, they can range from introducing new software or programming language to rhetoric seminars. Courses on stress or conflict management, efficient organization or learning English are also conceivable, along with many other options. Your employer often pays the costs.

Advancement through further training

The chambers of crafts and the chambers of industry and commerce in Germany offer so-called advanced training courses, for example, if you are interested in the Championship title would like to qualify in the trade or train to become a specialist in the commercial sector. Advanced training courses are regulated by law and usually end with exams, and only after passing the exams are you entitled to call yourself a master craftsman or business administrator. Further information on promotion can be found here. Germany is a very formal country when certificates and diplomas are essential. These not only look good on your résumé and with an application but are in some cases even a prerequisite if, for example, you want to take on more responsibility in a craft business or want to run the business. For some years now, you have usually started studying at the university with a master’s degree or business administration degree.

Studying alongside your job

In Germany, studies can also be completed alongside work. You can choose between different options: Distance learning and so-called part-time studies are conceivable.

The advantage of distance learning is that you don’t have to be in college often. You can complete your studies anywhere and often only travel to the university for the exams. The necessary learning materials and exercises are usually sent to you at home, or you can view and edit them online. With a part-time course of study, you supplement the knowledge you have acquired in lectures and events in the evening or on the weekend. The prerequisite for a distance or part-time study is usually the higher education entrance qualification, i.e. you must have acquired the Abitur or a comparable qualification.

Adaptation qualification

Have you learned a job outside of the EU and would like to practice it in Germany? You have to have your professional qualification recognized in Germany in many cases. Information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications can be found here.

If you are still missing a few qualifications for full recognition, you can take a so-called adaptation qualification in Germany. The content of this qualification measure can vary greatly depending on your profession and level of knowledge, for example, learning professional German or deepening technical or theoretical knowledge. If you complete your course, you can then have your professional qualification recognized as equivalent and work in your profession in Germany.

Tip: There has been a new one in Germany since the 2015 residence permit, enabling you to take part in an adaptation qualification. You can find out what you have to consider when applying in our visa section. While taking part in your advanced training, for example, in the nursing and geriatric care professions, you can already work as a nursing assistant. You can also do any job for up to ten hours a week and earn a living.

Job-related language courses

Do you already speak German and get along well in everyday life, but you sometimes lack the right words and technical terms at work? Then it would be best if you looked around for a job-related language course. Good technical knowledge of German will facilitate your exchange with colleagues and help you emphasize your specialist expertise in meetings, with customers, or in discussions with the management. In some professions – for example, in nursing and care for the elderly – you also have to provide evidence of German job-related knowledge to work in your career. You can learn how to understand best the German language, which providers are available and what costs you will have to pay in our ” Learn German ” section.

Tip: Job-related language courses are not only crucial for skilled foreign workers; many Germans also take language courses regularly. For example, to brush up on your English skills or stay fit in another language you need in everyday working life.

Private learning

Further training does not only take place at work. You develop many valuable skills for your career in your private life: For example, you can benefit from personal contacts or language tandems and improve your German. Whether you are learning a foreign language or programming out of personal interest or already taking on organizational and management tasks in an association, you can also advance these skills on your professional path. It is always worth looking at what the adult education centres in Germany offer. For students, it is often worth looking at the diverse range of continuing education programs at universities.


More and more courses are also being offered in digital form. This can be advantageous for you if you like to study flexibly in terms of time and space. With many training providers, you can already choose between online courses such as MOOCs (massive open online courses), learning platforms or blended learning and also use digital media such as DVDs or CDs. What matters is what type of learner you are. While online courses often do not include attendance times and you can learn the subject matter individually, blended learning involves a combination of face-to-face and online courses.

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