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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for recognition of equivalent training completed abroad as an operational technical assistant


Anyone wishing to use the professional title "Operational Assistant" or "Operational Technical Assistant" in Germany requires permission. The authorisation shall be granted on request if the applicant has a degree equivalent to the German reference training and proves that he is suitable from a health point of view for the exercise of the profession in question and is not guilty of conduct which gives rise to unreliability in the exercise of the profession.

The prerequisite is equivalent training in nursing assistance completed abroad. The decisive factor here is where the financial statements were acquired (EU/EEA/Switzerland or third country).

  • For EU/EEA degrees from countries that joined the EU by 2004 and from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland for nurses and midwives, automatic recognition under the EU Professional Recognition Directive is carried out without a case-by-case assessment.
  • If the degree comes from one of the countries that joined the EU in 2004 or later (Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia), and the start of training before accession to the EU, a case-by-case assessment is carried out in Germany.
  • Degrees from third countries are always subject to a case-by-case examination. It is examined whether the foreign financial statements differ significantly from the German financial statements. If this is the case, existing work experience will be included. It is possible to choose between a so-called adaptation course and a knowledge test in order to compensate for differences between training from the third country and German reference training.

If the recognition of the foreign professional qualification has been carried out in accordance with the EU Professional Qualifications Directive, the next step in the procedure will be the conditions for the granting of the corresponding professional licence.

Applicants must also demonstrate that they intend to pursue the profession in the Land of Saxony-Anhalt.

The responsibility lies with the Land Administration Office of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt in the State Examination Office for Health Professions.

The documents shall be attached to the application:

  • short CV with tabular list of completed training courses and the activities carried out
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate in case of name change (e.g. marriage certificate/family book excerpt )
  • Proof of identity (identity / passport)
  • Proof of application for an entry visa for gainful employment
  • Certificate of school leaving certificate
  • Examination certificate with proof of the theoretical and practical lessons received in each subject
  • Diploma / Certificate of State Recognition in the country where the training was completed
  • Certificate of the country of origin or country of origin on the recognition of professional qualifications in accordance with Directive 2005/36/EC and professional experience
  • Proof of previous professional activities (e.g. work certificates, work book)
  • Proof of completion of a language course "German" (GER - B2)
  • Certificate of the main residence of the registration authority responsible for your domicile
  • Proof of contact with potential employers
  • Declaration of impunity (see forms)
  • a declaration that no application for professional recognition has yet been submitted.

The documents must be presented in officially certified photocopy (certifications only possible by resident registration offices, district offices or notaries).
The German translations must be made by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator.

Administrative fees are charged for the application procedure. The fee can cost up to 600 euros.

There are no deadlines to be observed.

The time limit for establishing a comparable financial statement or for establishing an equivalent financial statement shall be three months. The period shall begin after receipt of the complete documents.

The network "Integration through Qualification" (IQ-Network) will be happy to advise and accompany you before, in and if necessary also after the recognition procedure.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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