German for Professional Purposes
Understanding and speaking German is the most important requirement for being able to live and work in Germany. Learning the language or improving your German skills makes it much easier to find a permanent job in Germany.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge) provides information about German for professional purposes.
Frequently asked questions
What is my current level of German?
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages will help you assess your language level. It describes skills in writing, speaking, listening and reading.
A1 - Beginner
A2 - Elementary
(easy everyday language)
B1 - Intermediate
B2 - Upper intermediate
(high language level)
C1 - Advanced
C2 - Near-native speaker
What level of German is recommended? How can I find out my language level?
It is usually the employer that decides whether or not your German skills are adequate for the position advertised. Only for very few jobs must a certain language level be certified. In general, a minimum level of B2 is advisable for work. This level suggests that you are able to use German independently in everyday life as well as at your job.
Find out your personal language level with the aid of language tests (placement tests) offered at various institutions (adult education centres, language schools).
Your language level can also be determined online:
Where can I learn or improve my German in the Erzgebirge district?
Language course providers
Cultural Educational Service
(adult education centres)
in Annaberg-Buchholz, Aue, Olbernhau, Schwarzenberg, Stollberg, Zschopau
How can I work and learn German on the job?
There are many situations in everyday working life that require you to speak, read or write German: communicating with customers or work colleagues, understanding instructions or safety regulations and documenting work steps, to name a few. For this you will need not only good conversational skills, but a basic vocabulary in the field of work and employment. Language courses for occupational German are helpful here, in addition to using German day-to-day in the workplace.
Please contact your employer to discuss how the company can support you in learning German.
Tips and ideas are available in the IQ Network of Lower Saxony brochure “I Learned German on the Job”.
Further information can be found on the following info sheets from the IQ Network Saxony: