Status Quo of the German National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

In October 2006, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz, KMK) agreed to jointly develop a German Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (Deutscher Qualifikationsrahmen, DQR) to be based on the EQF Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union.

Based on the Memorandum of Understanding on the DQR as of December 31st, 2012, the DQR will be tested and, where necessary, amended within 5 years on the basis of:

  • a general mapping of all recognised vocational and academic qualifications to be tested within five years;
  • for the time being, no mapping of general school leaving certificates;
  • competence-based apprenticeship regulations;
  • competence-based education standards for general education.

However, informal and non-formal learning results have not been included so far and most of the continuing training certificates are to be integrated as well. Until further notice, all existing legal regulations will stay in place, particularly collective bargaining law regulations, regulations in terms of access to higher education and regulations in terms of regulated professions.

The preliminary mapping of German qualifications in the DQR is as follows:

Preliminary mapping of qualifications in the DQR. Source: Sandra Bohlinger, UOS