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Apply for a European professional card

Description

The European Professional Card is an electronic proof of the recognition of your professional qualification in another country of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). The professional card will be issued to you on request in an online procedure (EBA procedure). The EBA procedure is simple and fast.

You can currently apply for the European Professional Card for the following professional qualifications from the EU and the EEA:
Nurse or nurse (nurse or general care nurse)

  • Pharmacist or pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Mountain guide or mountain guide
  • Real estate agent

The European Professional Card offers advantages:

  • The competent authority of your country of origin will help you with your application and check that it is properly completed and complete. The competent authority also checks the authenticity and validity of your documents.
  • The competent body in the host country will then automatically receive all documents and check your professional qualification (professional recognition). The online procedure always shows you where your documents are being processed.
  • Your documents remain in the online system. If you move to another host country, you can apply more quickly.
  • If the competent authority in the host country does not take a decision within the specified time limit, you will automatically receive the professional card.
  • You can obtain a certificate as a PDF file and submit it to a potential employer. The employer can verify the certificate online.

Attention: Even with the European Professional Card, you often still have to apply for a special permit in order to be allowed to work in the profession. In some professions, you also need to demonstrate your language skills in the language of the host country.

The points of contact or the competent authorities of the host country will assist you in the procedure.

With the European Professional Card (EBA), you can have certain professional qualifications recognised within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) via an online procedure.

To apply for the European Professional Card, you need an online account with the European Commission.

  • The online account with the European Commission is free of charge. You register with the European Commission's authentication service ("EU Login").
  • Then create your profile with your personal details (identity card or passport number, name, nationality) and your contact details (address, email address, telephone number, etc.). Your personal details will be on your European Professional Card.
  • Once you have created your profile, you can apply for the European Professional Card. To do this, go to the European Commission's website for the European Professional Card and select "Access to the EBA Procedure".
  • When you apply, you will find out which documents the host country needs for the recognition of your professional qualification. You can upload the documents directly. Please upload each document as a separate file.
  • The competent authority shall process your application and, if necessary, forward it to the competent authority of the host country for further processing.
  • Once you have sent your request, you will not be able to change your personal details. Only the responsible body that processes your application can make an update. However, you can update your contact details at any time.
  • Once your application has been approved, you can create an EBA certificate in PDF format. The EBA certificate contains a reference number. With this reference number, your future employer can check the validity of your European Professional Card online.
  • If your application is rejected, you will receive a notification. You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details of this can be provided in the appeal notice at the end of your decision. We recommend that you speak to the appropriate body before taking legal action against the decision.

Note: The competent authority in your country of origin will confirm within one week that your documents have arrived. It tells you if documents are missing.

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Robert Schuman Square 3
53175 Bonn

Internet: www.anerkennung-in-deutschland.de
Email: beratungszentrum@bibb.de

Phone: +49 228 107-2527

Call times:
Mon 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tue. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Wed. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thu. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

You need one of the following professional qualifications from an EU or EEA country:

  • Nurse or nurse (nurse or general care nurse)
  • Pharmacist or pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Mountain guide or mountain guide
  • Real estate agent

If you have not acquired your professional qualification in the EU or the EEA, you may also be able to apply for a European Professional Card. The following requirements apply:

  • Your professional qualification has already been recognised in an EU or EEA country and
  • You have been practising your profession in that country for at least three years after your professional qualification has been recognised.

The necessary documents depend on the profession for which you apply for the European Professional Card. The electronic application assistant on the European Commission's website will provide you with the necessary documents.

Typically, the following documents are required:

  • Proof of identity (passport or identity card)
  • If your name has changed: your marriage certificate or an official document
  • Diploma or diploma of your professional qualification
  • Proof that you are allowed to practise in your country of origin and have not been convicted (Certificate of Good Standing)
  • Possibly a certificate of conformity
  • Possibly a health certificate

Note: You may need to have the documents translated into the language of the host country. The translations must be made by publicly appointed or authorised translators.

Costs may be incurred in the country of origin and in the host country for the processing of your application. Costs vary by country and occupation.

You can estimate the costs in advance on the European Commission's European Professional Card website.

In addition, additional costs may be incurred (e.B. for translations and certifications of your documents). These costs vary individually.

Duration of validity of the European Professional Card:

  • in the case of temporary employment (service): in most cases 18 months. If your profession could have an impact on public health and safety and is not automatically recognised (e.B. physiotherapists and mountain guides): 12 months
  • in the case of permanent employment (establishment): unlimited

The processing time depends on your job and whether you want to work temporarily or permanently in the host country. If your profession could have an impact on public health and safety, a special review may be needed in the host country.

Temporary activity (service)

  • Maximum of 3 weeks, if no special inspection is necessary in the host country.
  • A maximum of 4 months if a special inspection is required in the host country. The competent authority in the country of origin will examine your application in a maximum of one month. Subsequently, the competent authority in the host country decides in a maximum of 3 months.

Permanent activity (establishment)

  • Maximum of 4 months for occupations without automatic recognition. The competent authority in the country of origin will examine your application in a maximum of one month. Subsequently, the competent authority in the host country decides in a maximum of 3 months.
  • Maximum of 3 months for professions with automatic recognition (pharmacists, health and nurses). The competent authority in the country of origin will examine your application in a maximum of one month. Subsequently, the competent authority in the host country decides in a maximum of 2 months.

Note: If the competent body of the host country does not take a decision within the above periods, your professional qualification is automatically deemed to be recognised.

Forms: no

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: no

Personal appearance necessary: no

Online procedure for applying for the European Professional Card

For other professional qualifications, you must go through the regular recognition procedures of the host country. For more information, please contact the appropriate Unit for National Contact.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy

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