Your step ahead. Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf (ZDfB).

Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf corresponds to level four (B2) on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and calls for an independent command of the language.

After passing the examination, you will be able to do the following, for example:

  • make yourself understood appropriately in writing and verbally and react appropriately in everyday work situations
  • understand simple texts and draft routine correspondence relating to everyday corporate life.


Certificates issued by the Goethe-Institut are recognized throughout the world.

The examination is very widely recognized in trade and industry. We also offer interested companies our ‘Testservice Deutsch für den Beruf’.

Locations, prices, dates and enrolment

You can find the Goethe-Institut or examination partner closest to you here, along with information about locations, prices, dates and enrolment.
Testing locations

Under the section “Frequently asked questions” you will find general answers on the Goethe-Institut exams.


The Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf was developed jointly by the Goethe-Institut and telc GmbH.

    Accessible exam training materials

    Online practice exam for those interested in a German exam for beginners to advanced (A1 – C2) – fully accessible and therefore especially suited for people with disabilities