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Apply for permission as a social pedagogue with professional qualifications from abroad


In Germany, the profession of social pedagogue is regulated by the individual federal states. This means that you may only work in this profession in the state of Saxony-Anhalt if you are entitled to use the professional title "State-approved social pedagogue". In order to obtain this authorization, your foreign professional qualification must be recognized by the state of Saxony-Anhalt. This is done on application to the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

1. You submit a written application including all necessary documents and send it to the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

2. Subsequently, it will be checked whether your documents have been submitted in full. If this is not the case, you will be asked in writing to submit the relevant documents later.

3. The following is the examination of equivalence with regard to, inter alia:

  • Overlaps or differences in professional qualifications
  • Duration of training
  • Eligibility to work in this profession in the state where you completed your education
  • Professional experience gained
  • Language skills, personal and health suitability

The result of the examination will be communicated to you in writing in a notification and can have three main characteristics.

  • Determination of equivalence and thus recognition
  • Identification of significant differences and thus compensation necessary
  • Refusal of recognition

Please contact the State Administration Office of Saxony-Anhalt.

An application for the examination of equivalence and the granting of state recognition as a social pedagogue can be submitted by all persons who are qualified to work as a social pedagogue in their country of origin.

It is irrelevant what nationality you have or in which country you obtained your qualification.

The state recognition for the profession "state-recognized social pedagogue" is granted if you meet the following requirements:

  1. the evidence of formal qualification acquired abroad attests to the qualification for comparable professional activities as the corresponding proof of formal qualification regulated by state law, and
  2. in the case of a profession regulated both in Saxony-Anhalt and in the State of training, the applicant is entitled to practise the respective profession in the training State or the right to take up or exercise the respective profession has been denied for reasons that do not preclude admission to or pursuit in Saxony-Anhalt, and
  3. there are no significant differences between the proven professional qualifications and the corresponding professional qualification regulated by state law.
  • Application
  • a tabular list of the training courses completed and the gainful activities carried out, indicating the current place of residence in German,
  • proof of identity in the original or certified copy,
  • original evidence of formal qualifications obtained abroad or certified copy,
  • evidence of relevant professional experience and other evidence of formal qualifications, where necessary to establish equivalence (original or certified copy),
  • a statement as to whether and to which body an application for a declaration of equivalence has been submitted and whether a decision has already been issued; Notices that have already been issued must also be attached.

Maximum EUR 600,00

The competent body must decide on your application within 3 months. The period begins with receipt of the complete documents.

You will receive the information on the objection or complaint in the notification.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

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