The term “healthcare professions” encompasses all professions and occupations which are connected with the provision of medical, nursing and care services. They involve a multitude of professional activities and tasks. These areas of work are governed differently under the law, and certain prerequisites are in place regarding access to professions and within the recognition procedure.
Although there is a great demand for well trained and motivated specialist staff in the healthcare professions, particular requirements apply in respect of training and knowledge needed. Training and access stipulations in the medical professions are regulated in a standard way right across Germany.
Is it necessary to obtain recognition of foreign professional and vocational qualifications?
Recognition is mandatory in certain medical professions. Only persons who are in possession of authorisation to practise are permitted to work in these professions. Authorisation to practise may, for example, take the form of a licence to practise medicine (“Approbation”), the issuing of authorisation to practise or permission to use a professional title. In order to obtain the authorisation to practise such a medical profession anywhere in Germany, you will need to demonstrate that you hold standardised qualifications and have completed an examination in accordance with the relevant training or else acquire recognition of your foreign professional qualification. Once a number of other checks have also been made, you will be permitted to work in the profession and use the appropriate title. The above applies to regulated professions that are governed by federal law.
Medical professions for which academic qualifications are required include doctor, dispensing chemist and veterinary surgeon. A degree is needed in order to work in these professions in Germany. Physiotherapist, midwife and midwifery assistant and registered general nurse are examples of German medical professions in which training takes place at vocational schools.