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


The profession of social pedagogue is regulated in Germany by the individual federal states. This means that you may only work in this profession in the Land of Saxony-Anhalt if you are entitled to hold the professional title "State-recognised social pedagogue" / "State-recognised social pedagogue". In order to obtain this entitlement, your foreign professional qualification must be recognised by the state of Saxony-Anhalt. This is done on request from the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office.

You have a professional qualification as a recognised social pedagogue from abroad and now want to pursue your profession in Saxony-Anhalt? Then you will find all the important information here.

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

2. Afterwards, 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.

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 country where you completed your training
  • Acquired professional experience
  • Language skills, personal and health suitability

The result of the examination will be communicated to you in writing in a communication and may have three essential features.

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

Please contact the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office.

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

It does not matter what nationality you have or in which country you have acquired your qualification.

State recognition for the profession of "state-recognised social pedagogue" / "state-recognised social pedagogue" is granted if you meet the following conditions:

  1. the proof of training obtained abroad demonstrates the ability to carry out comparable professional activities such as the corresponding proof of training regulated by national law, and
  2. the applicant is entitled to pursue the profession in the State of training in a profession regulated in both Saxony-Anhalt and the State of training, or has been denied the right to take up or pursue the profession for reasons which do not preclude the admission or exercise in Saxony-Anhalt, and
  3. there are no significant differences between the proven professional qualifications and the corresponding professional qualifications regulated by national law.
  • Application
  • a tabular list of the training courses completed and the activities carried out, indicating the current place of residence in German,
  • proof of identity in the original or certified copy,
  • original or certified copy of training certificates acquired abroad,
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience and other qualifications, where necessary to establish equivalence (original or certified copy),
  • a declaration of whether and to which body an application for equivalence has been made and whether a communication has already been issued; decisions already issued must also be attached.

Maximum EUR 600.00

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

The notices of the opposition or action will be sent to you in the communication.

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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