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Apply for recognition as a curative education nurse with professional qualifications from abroad


The profession of curative education nurse is regulated in Germany. This means that you must prove a certain qualification in order to be allowed to work in the profession. If you have a foreign certificate of training as a curative education nurse, you can work in this profession in Saxony-Anhalt under certain conditions.

To do this, you must submit an application with all the necessary documents to the competent state authority.

In the recognition procedure, the competent state authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the professional qualification in Saxony-Anhalt. The equivalence is tested with the degree "Staatlich anerkannte Heilerziehungspflegerin/staatlich anerkannteer Heilerziehungspflegerin", which is awarded in Saxony-Anhalt to technical schools for social work specializing in curative education care.

After your application has been reviewed, you will receive feedback. If you lack professional qualifications for recognition, the decision will indicate the main differences. You can then take a compensatory measure.

  • You submit a written application including all necessary documents in the form of officially certified copies and send it to the Landesschulamt Sachsen-Anhalt.  
  • 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.                                         
  • The competent authority then checks: Is your professional qualification equivalent to the professional qualification in your federal state? For comparison, for example, the content of the training and the duration of the training are important. The competent body shall also take into account your professional experience, other qualifications and qualifications.
  • The competent authority may then examine further requirements. If your professional qualification is equivalent and you meet all other requirements, your professional qualification will be recognised. You are then allowed to work in Saxony-Anhalt as a curative education nurse.
  • Within 3 months of submitting the complete documents, you will be informed in writing by the competent authority whether recognition has been made. Or whether there are deficits in the qualification and therefore recognition cannot take place.        
  • If the competent authority cannot determine equivalence between your training and the German training, you will receive a notification with an explanation of the essential differences. To compensate for significant differences, you can take a compensatory measure. The competent authority will inform you of the compensatory measure you can take.

  • If you successfully complete the compensatory measure, you will receive the recognition.

  • You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority within a certain period of time (for example, file a lawsuit). 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.

Contact the State Education Office.

An application for an examination of equivalence and the granting of state recognition as a curative education nurse can be submitted by all persons who are qualified to work as curative education nurses 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-approved curative education nurse" is granted if you meet the following requirements:

  • Equivalence of your professional qualification
  • You are entitled to exercise the respective profession in the training state
  • There are no significant differences between the proven professional qualifications and the corresponding professional qualification regulated by state law.
  • Application
  • a personally signed curriculum vitae with a description of the school and professional career,
  • Information on language courses, further education and training since entering Germany,
  • proof of identity,
  • Confirmation of residence in Saxony-Anhalt,
  • Certificate of a name change,
  • school leaving certificates and certificates of formal qualifications obtained abroad as well as overviews of subjects and grades in the original language and translation,
  • 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.

Certificates, attestations and personal supporting documents must be submitted as officially certified copies. You must have the foreign-language documents and evidence translated by a generally sworn and publicly appointed translator.

The competent authority may request you to provide further information on the content and duration of professional qualifications acquired abroad and other professional qualifications within a reasonable period of time.

Fees of 25.00 to 600.00 euros apply and depend on the effort of the recognition procedure

The competent body must decide on your application within 3 months.

Note for further information on the processing time:

The competent authority will acknowledge receipt of your application within one month. If the competent authority requires further documents from you, you will be informed in a letter.

Once you have submitted all the required documents, the authority will decide within 3 months on the equivalence of your training and the German training.

If you do not agree with the decision of the competent authority, you can bring an action. The exact details can be found in the letters with the decision of the State Education Office Saxony-Anhalt – Department of Vocational Schools.

You can have your educational qualification evaluated in advance. Further information can be found on the website of the Central Office for Foreign Education.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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