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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

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


Anyone who wants to use the professional title "Surgical Technical Assistant" or "Surgical Technical Assistant" in Germany requires permission. The permit is granted on application if the applicant has a degree equivalent to the German reference training and proves that he is suitable for the exercise of the respective profession in health terms and is not guilty of conduct resulting in unreliability for the exercise of the profession.

The prerequisite is an equivalent training in nursing assistance completed abroad. The decisive factor here is where the degree was obtained (EU/EEA/Switzerland or third country).

  • For EU/EEA degrees from the countries that joined the EU by 2004 and from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland for nurses and midwives, automatic recognition according to the EU Professional Recognition Directive takes place without individual examination.
  • 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 the training was before EU accession, a case-by-case examination is carried out in Germany.
  • Financial statements from third countries are always subject to a case-by-case examination. It is examined whether the foreign degree differs significantly from the German degree. If this is the case, existing professional experience is included. It is possible to choose between a so-called adaptation course and a knowledge test in order to compensate for differences between the training from the third country and the German reference training.

If the recognition of the foreign professional qualification has been carried out in accordance with the EU Professional Recognition Directive, the next step of the procedure is to check the requirements for issuing the corresponding professional permit.

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

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

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Short curriculum vitae with tabular list of the training courses completed and the gainful activities carried out
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate in case of name change (e.g. marriage certificate/family book excerpt)
  • Proof of identity (identity card / 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 the individual subjects
  • Diploma / certificate of state recognition in the country where the training was completed
  • Certificate from the country of origin or country from which the foreign national comes on the recognition of professional qualifications in accordance with Directive 2005/36/EC and professional experience
  • Proof of previous professional activities (e.g. job references, workbook)
  • Proof of completion of a language course "German" (CEFR – B2)
  • Certificate of main residence from the registration authority responsible for your place of residence
  • Proof of contact with potential employers
  • Declaration of impunity (see forms)
  • a statement that no application for professional recognition has yet been submitted.

The documents must be submitted in an officially certified photocopy (certifications only possible by residents' registration offices, district offices or notaries' offices).
The German translations must be prepared 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 deadline for the adoption of comparable financial statements or for the adoption of equivalent financial statements is three months. The period begins after receipt of the complete documents.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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