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Your recognition procedure as General nurse (m/f) (German: Pflegefachperson)
in Pitschen-Pickel, Brandenburg

  • The profession of General nurse (m/f) (German: Pflegefachperson) is regulated in Germany.
  • Recognition of your professional qualification is necessary for you to be able to work in the profession in Germany. You are also able to apply for recognition after you enter the country. See “My other options” for further information.
  • Until 31 Dec 2019 the German title has been "Gesundheits- und Krankenpfleger/in".

The competent authority

Landesamt für Arbeitsschutz, Verbraucherschutz und Gesundheit - Dezernat G 1

Großbeerenstraße 181-183
14482 Potsdam

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    Your contact

    Nachname: A-L

    Nachname: M-Z

    Telefonische Sprechzeiten
    Dienstag: 09:00 - 10:30 Uhr
    Donnerstag: 13:00 - 14:30 Uhr

    Quick-Info

    This procedure is called: Issuing of authorisation to use the professional title (in German: Erteilung der Erlaubnis zum Führen der Berufsbezeichnung).

    • One month at the latest following receipt of your application by the competent authority: The competent authority will notify you of receipt of the documents. They will inform you if documents are missing. The procedure begins when the documents are complete.
    • After 4 months at the latest you will receive notice containing the result. In specific cases the competent authority may extend the procedure.

    It may be possible for costs to be paid via financial support. You can apply for financial support if you live in Germany and before you submit your application.


    Documents for my application

    For the online application, you need the documents as PDF files. You can scan or photograph your documents for this purpose.

    • Proof of identity (e.g. passport or personal identification). The following information must be in Latin characters: Last name, first name, place of birth, date of birth.

    • Birth certificate or extract from the family register and a German translation

    • Marriage certificate (if your name has changed through marriage) and a German translation

    • Curriculum vitae in German

    • Evidence of your professional qualification (e.g. certificates, certificate of entitlement) and a German translation

    • Evidence of the content and duration of your training (e.g. diploma supplement, transcript of records) and a German translation

    • Evidence of your professional experience in this profession (e.g. employment references) and a German translation

    • Evidence of your other qualifications (e.g. continuing vocational training, seminars) and a German translation

    • Evidence of your knowledge of German: language certificate in German. You can also submit this document later by post or in person.

    • You have to prove: You are allowed to work in the profession in your country of training. You also need a German translation.

    • Intention to start work in German: You may have to prove that you want to work in Germany.

    • Information about an application for recognition already submitted. In this case, state to which authority you applied. If you already have a notice: Upload the notice in the online application.

    In most cases these documents are submitted later. The competent authority will inform you as to when you should submit the documents.

    • Evidence of your personal aptitude: Certificate of good conduct from your country of origin (e.g. criminal record extract). You also need a German translation. You can also submit the document later. The document must be no more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.
    • Evidence of your medical fitness: doctor's certificate from Germany or from a consultant doctor at the German Embassy. You also need a German translation. You can also submit the document later. The document must be no more than 3 months old when the application is submitted.


    If a certificate is not in German, you usually need a German translation. Sworn or authorised translators must prepare the translations.

    Personally created documents do not have to be translated by sworn or authorised translators. In this case, a simple translation is enough. A personally created document is e.g. your curriculum vitae.


    My steps to recognition

    You may also apply if you are not yet living in Germany.

    • You can submit your application online. You will then leave our information page. For your application, you need to upload your documents. A tip: Collect your documents first. Then start the application.
    • You can also hand in the application with the documents to the competent authority. You can also send the application to the competent authority by post. Do not send originals!

    The competent authority receives the application. After one month at the latest, it will confirm that the application has arrived. Once the competent authority has received all the documents from you, it processes your application.

    The competent authority carries out an equivalence assessment: It compares your professional qualification with the German professional qualification. Therefore, the competent authority will prepare an expert report on equivalence. As part of this, the competent authority takes into account your professional experience and other qualifications.

    You can also take a knowledge test. In this case, the competent authority does not prepare an expert report on equivalence.

    The competent authority then checks other requirements for use of the professional title. This includes, e.g. your personal aptitude, your medical fitness and your knowledge of German.

    The procedure takes a maximum of 4 months. In specific cases the competent authority may extend the procedure. At the end, the competent authority sends you a notice containing the result.

    Outcome: Recognition

    Your professional qualification and the German professional qualification are equivalent. You receive authorisation to use the professional title. You receive a certificate for this. You also meet all further requirements. Your professional qualification is recognised. Professionally you have the same rights as a person with the German professional qualification.

    Outcome: No recognition because the professional qualification is not equivalent.

    There are substantial differences between your professional qualification and the German professional qualification. You are not able to compensate for these differences with your professional experience and other knowledge of the profession. Your professional qualification is therefore not equivalent to the German professional qualification. Your professional qualification is not recognised.

    In most cases you are able to complete a compensation measure. This allows you to compensate for the substantial differences.

    Outcome: No recognition because you do not meet all the requirements.

    Your professional qualification is equivalent. However, you do not meet all other requirements to use the professional title. You may still need to provide evidence that you e.g. are personally apt or have knowledge of German. The competent authority will inform you of which evidence is missing.

    You are able to take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. Details on this procedure can be found in the legal redress advice (German: “Rechtsbehelfsbelehrung”) at the end of your notice. We recommend that you speak to a counselling centre first before challenging the decision or taking legal action.

    Compensation measures

    If your professional qualification is not equivalent you can complete a compensation measure. A compensation measure allows you to compensate for substantial differences. Substantial differences are listed in your notice.

    There are a range of compensation measures:

    If you successfully complete the compensation measure, you receive a certificate. You submit this certificate to the competent authority. The competent authority checks the certificate and all other requirements (e.g. personal aptitude or medical fitness). If you meet all requirements, your professional qualification is recognised. You receive authorisation to use the professional title. Professionally, you then have the same rights as a person with the German professional qualification.

    Do you come from a third country? You are permitted to enter Germany for a compensation measure. Please seek advice if you have questions, or find out more about entry e.g. via the hotline Working and Living in Germany.

    Counselling

    If you do not meet all requirements, you can find out from the competent authority about the options available to you. Were you not able e.g. to provide evidence of your personal aptitude or your knowledge of German? The competent authority can help you with this.


    My other options

    Do you need recognition in order to work in Germany? You can also apply for recognition after entering the country. For this you need a recognition partnership with your future employer in Germany.

    The following requirements apply to a recognition partnership: 

    You may also be able to work in a non-regulated profession in Germany without recognition: 

    • This is possible, for example, with completed training and professional experience. What's also important is how much you earn, whether you have a contract of employment, whether you speak German and how old you are. We recommend that you complete the Quick-Check here, this will provide all the information: Make-it-in-Germany.com.
    • This is possible, for example, with a higher education qualification: Find out whether it is comparable to a German higher education qualification. There are two ways of checking this. 
    • anabin database: You will find universities in the database. Your university must be recognised in the database (H+). AND your higher education qualification must be assessed as equivalent. This then means that your qualification is equivalent to a German higher education qualification. Save as a PDF. This is evidence. Further information and a guide is available at Make-it-in-Germany.com.
    • Statement of Comparability: What if your university or qualification are not in anabin? In this case you can apply to the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) for an individual statement of comparability. The statement of comparability is a document that confirms the equivalence of your higher education qualification with a German higher education qualification.
    Partial access to the profession

    Did you complete your professional qualification in an EU country, the EEA or in Switzerland? If so, you can work in the profession without recognition. However, you need so-called partial access to the profession. You must apply for partial access to the profession from the competent authority.

    With partial access to the profession, the following applies:

    • You are not permitted to perform all activities in the Profession.
    • You are only permitted to use the professional title from your country of training.

    You need to meet the following requirements for partial access:

    • With your professional qualification, you are able to work without restrictions in your country of training.
    • Your professional qualification is not equivalent to the German professional qualification. The substantial differences are large. In this case a compensation measure comprises the full German training.
    • Automatic recognition is not possible for your professional qualification.
    • Your professional qualification includes at least one so-called reserved activity (in German: vorbehaltene Tätigkeit) in the German professional qualification. Only specially trained individuals are permitted to carry out reserved activities.
    • You are medically fit.
    • You are personally apt.
    • You have specific knowledge of German.

    As an Ethnic German Resettler, you can select between two procedures for vocational recognition:

    • You apply for the procedure described here.
    • You apply for the procedure under Section 10 of the Federal Expellees Act (German: “§10 Bundesvertriebenengesetz, BVFG”).

    You can decide this. Your competent authority will advise you.

    • Do you have any questions? Do you need help with the application? Seek advice! You will find your counselling centre one step in advance. In the navigation, click "Counselling offers".
    • Do you have questions regarding entry or residence? For more information see Working and Living in Germany.

    Further information


    Are you searching for an employer in Germany? Do you have contact with a personnel service agency or care facilities that recruit nurses themselves? Then look out for the quality seal "Fair Recruitment Healthcare Germany". The quality seal helps to ensure good working conditions for nurses from abroad. You can be sure that the recruitment process is fair and transparent at companies with the quality seal.


    Submit the application online


    last update on: 14.02.2024

    The competent authority

    Landesamt für Arbeitsschutz, Verbraucherschutz und Gesundheit - Dezernat G 1

    Großbeerenstraße 181-183
    14482 Potsdam

    View on Google Maps

  • Website

    Your contact

    Nachname: A-L

    Nachname: M-Z

    Telefonische Sprechzeiten
    Dienstag: 09:00 - 10:30 Uhr
    Donnerstag: 13:00 - 14:30 Uhr

    Landesamt für Arbeitsschutz, Verbraucherschutz und Gesundheit - Dezernat G 1

    Your contact

    Nachname: A-L

    Nachname: M-Z

    Telefonische Sprechzeiten
    Dienstag: 09:00 - 10:30 Uhr
    Donnerstag: 13:00 - 14:30 Uhr

    Any questions or feedback?

    Do you have a question about the recognition procedure? Or have you noticed any information that could be improved? We're happy to help.