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Apply for recognition as a nurse with a professional qualification from eu/EEA/Switzerland

Description

The profession of nurse is regulated in Germany. This means that in order for you to be able to work as a nurse in Germany, you need a state permit. With the permission, you may use the job title "nursing specialist" or "nursing specialist" and work in the profession.

Even with a professional qualification from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can obtain state permission from the competent authority in Germany. In order to obtain the permit, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognised. In the recognition procedure, the competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks its equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of the state permit.

A professional qualification from the EU, EEA or Switzerland is usually automatically recognised when you apply for recognition. This means that no equivalence test is carried out. It is assumed that the training is equivalent. However, there may also be exceptions to this rule. That depends on which state they completed their education in and when. If you started your vocational training after the EU/EEA accession of your training country, your professional qualification will usually be recognised automatically.
If your professional qualification does not originate from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.

In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the granting of the permit. Further requirements are, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

Application

You submit an application for permission to use the professional title "nursing specialist" or "nursing specialist" to the competent authority.
You can submit the application with the documents to the competent authority or send it by post. Do not send originals. Sometimes you can also send the application electronically. The competent authority will inform you.
 

Examination of the application by the authority

The competent authority checks whether you meet all the requirements for granting permission to use the professional title "nursing specialist". A prerequisite is that your professional qualification is recognised.
 

Automatic recognition

As a rule, the automatic recognition procedure applies if you have started your vocational training after the EU/EEA accession of your training state. There are other cases where your professional qualification can be automatically recognised. The competent authority will inform you.

With automatic recognition, the equivalence of your professional qualification is not checked individually. This means that if you meet all other requirements, you will receive permission to use the job title "nursing specialist". The other requirements include your health suitability, reliability and German language skills.

Certificate of conformity for professional qualifications acquired before the EU/EEA accession of the training country

Vocational training can also be automatically recognised if it was started before the EU/EEA accession of your training country (or does not comply with the legal designations). To do so, you must submit a certificate from the competent authority of your training state that your professional qualification meets the minimum standards of the EU ("Certificate of Conformity"). If your professional qualification does not meet the minimum standards, you must prove your professional experience. You must have worked continuously in the country of origin for 3 consecutive years in the last 5 years prior to the application as a nurse responsible for general care. This must be confirmed by the authority of your country of origin.

Equivalence test

If your professional qualification is not automatically recognised, the competent authority will check the equivalence of your professional qualification. The competent authority compares your professional qualification with the German professional qualification as a nurse. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification.

Possible results of the equivalence test

If your professional qualification is equivalent, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The competent authority can confirm the result in writing. You still have to meet the other requirements. Then you will receive permission to use the job title "nurse" or "nursing specialist".

Are there significant differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification? Perhaps you can compensate for the differences through your work experience, other knowledge, skills or competences (lifelong learning). Knowledge, skills and competences must be certified by an authority of the state in which you acquired the knowledge, skills or competences.

However, it may be that the essential differences cannot be compensated by your professional experience, knowledge, skills or competences. In this case, the competent authority will tell you the main differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification and why you cannot compensate for these essential differences.

The competent authority will also give you compensatory measures that you can take to compensate for the essential differences.
If you decide not to take compensatory measures, your professional qualification will not be recognised and you will not be allowed to work as a nurse in Germany.

Compensatory measures

There are various compensatory measures:

  • Adaptation period: The adaptation period lasts a maximum of 3 years.
  • Aptitude test: In the aptitude test, only those areas in which significant differences have been identified are examined. The aptitude test consists of a practical examination that is linked to an examination interview.
     

As a rule, you can choose between an adaptation course or an aptitude test.
If you successfully complete the compensatory measure and meet all other requirements, you will receive permission to use the job title "nursing specialist" or "nursing specialist".

  • You have a comparable professional qualification as a nurse from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.
  • You want to work in Germany as a nurse.
  • Personal suitability: You are reliable for working as a nurse and have no criminal record.
  • Health suitability: You can work psychologically and physically as a nurse.
  • You have german language skills at the required language level. This is usually the language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport)
  • Marriage certificate (if your name has changed due to marriage)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your professional qualification (e.g. certificates, professional certificate)
  • Evidence of formal qualifications
  • Proof of your relevant professional experience in a profession comparable to that of a nurse
  • Proof of further relevant knowledge for working as a nurse
  • Do you still live or work in a third country, i.e. not in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland? Then you may have to prove that you have received the confirmation of a health and care facility to work as a nurse in Germany.
     

You only need to submit the following documents if your professional qualification was completed before a certain date (deadline). The competent authority will inform you:

  • Certificate
    If there is no certificate of conformity: proof of content and duration of your education (e.g. list of subjects and grades, study book, diploma supplement, transcript of records)
  • Certificate: You must have worked continuously and lawfully in the profession for at least 3 years during the last 5 years before the certificate is issued.
     

You usually hand in these documents later. The competent authority will inform you when you should hand in the documents:

  • Proof of your personal suitability: Extract from criminal record or certificate of good conduct from your country of origin. The proof may not be more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.
  • Proof of your fitness for health: Medical certificate. The proof may not be more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.
  • Proof of your German language skills: Language certificate
     

The competent authority will inform you which documents you must submit as a simple copy, as a certified copy or in the original.

The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The costs generally depend on the effort required for processing.

In addition, additional costs may arise (for example, for translations, certifications or compensatory measures such as an adaptation course or an aptitude test). These costs vary from person to person.

There is no deadline.

Sometimes documents are still missing in the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents.

You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority within a certain period of time (e.g. lodge an objection). The decision is then reviewed. Details can be found in the notice of appeal at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.

  • Forms: Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
  • Online procedure possible: Ask the competent authority whether you can submit the application online.
  • Personal appearance necessary: No

Freedom to provide services

You only want to offer services in Germany sometimes and for a short time? Then you usually do not need the state permission. You must meet these requirements:

  • You must be established in another EU, EEA or Swiss country.
  • You must prove your professional qualification.
  • You must report your activity in writing to the competent authority.

The competent authority will inform you whether you are allowed to provide services or whether you have to take an aptitude test.
 

European Professional Card

You can apply for a European Professional Card (EBA). You can apply online on the website of the European Commission. The European Professional Card is an electronic procedure for the recognition of professional qualifications. It applies only to EU countries and certain professions.
 

Noticeof invalidity

In the permit procedure, the examination of equivalence (recognition procedure) is also carried out. You can request a separate decision for the result of the examination.


Procedure for ethnic German repatriates

As a ethnic German repatriate, you can either go through the recognition procedure according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself. The responsible body will advise you on which procedure is right for you.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Federal Ministry of Health

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

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