Continuing education in nursing; application for recognition of an equivalent qualification.

If you have completed a comparable continuing education program in nursing outside of Bavaria (in another state or abroad) or have otherwise passed an examination, you can apply for recognition of the qualification.


In Bavaria, further training in nursing to become a facility manager, nursing service manager, practice supervisor and for gerontological psychiatric nursing and care is regulated within the Ordinance on the Implementation of the Nursing and Residential Quality Act and Further Training in Nursing and Midwifery (AVPfleWoqG). The advanced training courses serve to specialize in certain areas of nursing care in order to be able to maintain qualified personnel in these areas. On application, successfully completed modules of other further training courses or courses of study or comparable qualifications can be credited to the further training courses, provided that the contents are equivalent. This is checked by the Bavarian Association of Nurses (VdPB). Only the oral final examination can never be credited. (§ 55 AVPfleWoqG)

If you have completed comparable further training outside of Bavaria (in another federal state or abroad) for facility management, nursing service management, practice guidance and for gerontological psychiatric nursing and care, or have taken a comparable qualification elsewhere (e.g. Bachelor's examination), recognition of the qualification can be applied for at VdPB (§ 57 AVPfleWoqG).


The entry requirements for the respective further training are regulated according to §§ 71, 75, 79, and 83 of the Ordinance on the Implementation of the Nursing and Residential Quality Act and Further Training in Nursing and Midwifery (AVPfleWoqG).

Equivalent qualifications

If they are comparable and have been successfully completed, the following further training courses are treated as equivalent to further training courses:

  • Further training courses in accordance with the legal and administrative regulations of the Federal Government or the Länder.
  • Further training courses in accordance with the recommendations of the German Hospital Association (DKG)
  • Further training courses in accordance with the further training concepts recommended by the Bavarian State Nursing Committee. However, only if this was started on 01.09.2011.

The equivalence of the continuing education courses is determined by the Association of Nurses in Bavaria (VdPB).

Courses of study can only be equated with continuing education upon application by the university. You can find the recognized further education institutions under "Further links."


The recognition is applied for online.

The required documents result from the further education to which an equivalency is to take place



Processing time

Different processing times result from the case-by-case examination.

Required documents

  • Required Documents:

    • Application or completed application form
    • curriculum vitae
    • Professional certificate
    • Certificate of further education
    • Work certificate/se



  • The costs for the recognition of equivalence depend on the scope of the examination and range from 50.00 to 250.00 EUR.

Status: 23.08.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege

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