Teaching certificate needed when applying for a lecturer position?
One of the frequently asked questions from applicants is: do I need to have a teaching certificate to apply for a lecturer position at a university of applied sciences?
The answer is: no, a teaching qualification is generally not necessary. In the selection process, the university of applied sciences usually checks whether your competences and professional knowledge match the position. It is important to have work experience in the specific field described in the vacancy.
Lecturers are, however, generally obliged to follow and successfully complete a didactic training course in the first years of their contract at a university of applied sciences. This training is aimed at obtaining the 'Basic Qualification Didactic Skills' (BDB). Obtaining this BDB will cost you a maximum of 300 hours (300 study load hours) in a period of 6 to 12 months, depending on the university. You can follow this training during work hours, as stipulated in the collective labor agreement (article O-4). For some positions a teaching qualification may be required, but then this is stated in the vacancy.