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telc gGmbH is the first test provider to develop comprehensive professional German examinations for physicians and nursing staff. 


The Swiss Federal Office for Migration commissions telc as part of a bidding consortium to develop an examination for migrants. The new fide language certificate is drawn up in German, French and Italian.


The Ministry of Education of the State of Lower Saxony commissions telc to develop a Polish examination for schools.


The State Rectors’ Conference of Universities in NRW commissions telc to develop an entrance examination for professional training purposes. This examination offers a combined German, mathematics and English test.

telc uses its multilingual expertise in a partnership with MERLIN, for a European project creating a corpus of learner texts in German, Italian and Czech.

The telc school and universities counsellors team is established to personally and individually advise schools and universities.


telc develops the Deutsch-Test für Österreich (German Test for Austria) for the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). Further examinations at CEFR levels A1, A2 and B2 follow suit. 

telc training is founded. In addition to offering examiner training courses, telc now also offers further training seminars for language trainers.


The Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (German Language Test for Migrants A2/B1) is introduced as the final examination for participants in national integration courses. telc gGmbH is continuously commissioned with the administration and further development of this examination.

Opening of the telc gGmbH Liaison Office in Istanbul, Turkey

The Ministry of Education of the State of Hesse commissions telc to develop a comprehensive programme of Turkish language examinations especially for school pupils of Turkish descent.


In December 2006, WBT gGmbH is renamed telc gGmbH (The European Language Certificates).


The German government commissions telc to conduct the final examination at the end of the integration courses for migrants.


The DVV becomes the exclusive shareholder of the non-profit organisation WBT gGmbH.


WBT opens up for licensed partners outside the public adult education sector.


The Central Examinations Office of the DVV becomes the independent non-profit company WBT (Further Education Testing Systems) gGmbH, jointly owned by DVV and DIE.


Until the end of 1997, DVV Central Examinations Office remains attached to the German Institute of Adult Education (DIE) / Pedagogical Office of the DVV in Frankfurt.


The DVV Central Examinations Office becomes a member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE).

The 1980s

The DVV increases cooperation with adult education associations in other European countries, including Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. It becomes a founding member of the Internationale Zertifikatskonferenz that later changes its name to International Certificate Conference (ICC).


The basic level test “Grundbaustein zum VHS-Zertifikat” is gradually introduced for six different languages. This makes testing of language skills at lower levels possible.


Due to the steadily increasing demand for language certification, the Central Examinations Office of the German Adult Education Association is established as a department within the Pedagogical Office of the DVV.


In cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the DVV develops a standardised examination for German as a foreign language, the Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache. The German Federal Government also provides funding for the development of additional foreign language examinations for adults. Even before the examination in German, French had been introduced; Russian, Spanish and Italian follow suit. 


A team of language experts led by Robert Nowacek develops the VHS-Zertifikat Englisch (VHS Certificate in English), the first standardised language examination to be administered by the German Adult Education Association (DVV). The benefit of certification of language abilities heightens public esteem of the adult education centres and brings a new focus to foreign language didactics. Language courses become more goal-oriented.