Professions in the spa sector; application for the determination of equivalence of a foreign qualification.

You can apply for a determination of the equivalence of a foreign qualification for the profession "Fachangestellte/-r für Bäderbetriebe" and for further training to become a certified master craftswoman/ master craftsman for pool operations.


If you have acquired your qualification to work in public pool operations abroad and would like to take on responsible activities and work in public pools on a permanent basis, you can apply for a determination of the equivalence of your qualification.

Specialized employees and master craftsmen for pool operations work in private or public pool facilities: in open-air, indoor, lakeside and beach pools, in spas and leisure pools.

Duties include:

  • Supervising bathing operations and bathers, especially directly in the bathing area
  • Recognition of emergencies
  • Rescuing people from the water
  • Initiation of water rescue measures
  • Securing the life functions of injured persons, e.g. by resuscitation and carrying out first aid measures
  • Supervising and advising bathers and offering sport and play arrangements
  • giving theoretical and practical swimming lessons
  • Ensuring the operation of pool facilities and controlling water treatment processes
  • Application of emergency plans in case of malfunctions and initiation of measures to eliminate malfunctions
  • Care and maintenance of pool and recreation facilities
  • Application of relevant legal and administrative regulations
  • Carrying out administrative work in the operation of the pool and participation in public relations tasks
  • Supervision and participation in cleaning and disinfection work
  • Maintaining operational safety
  • measuring physical and chemical parameters.

For the qualified performance of responsible management tasks in the pool operations, further training to become a "certified foreman for pool operations" is absolutely essential.

This applies in particular to junior staff who are to take on responsible tasks in the future, e.g. as shift supervisors, deputy plant managers or plant managers. Master craftsmen are authorized to train specialized employees for pool operations.


You can apply for a determination of equivalence in accordance with the Vocational Qualifications Determination Act (Berufsqualifikationsfeststellungsgesetz) if you have

  • have successfully completed vocational training abroad and - in the area of regulated professions - are authorized to practice the profession in the country of training, and
  • intend to pursue gainful employment in Bavaria.

An application can be submitted regardless of citizenship and residence status.

For the exercise of the profession, sufficient German language skills are also expected.

Here, the requirements that the applicant must fulfill must be indicated.


Before submitting a written application to the Bavarian School of Administration, we recommend that you first attend a consultation.

This will help you avoid mistakes in the application and delays in processing.

The following points will be clarified during the counseling interview:

  • Is my chosen profession correct?
  • How does the recognition procedure work?
  • What documents do I have to submit and in what form?
  • What alternatives are there if necessary documents are not available?
  • Are there alternatives to recognition for me?
  • What can I do if I do not receive recognition?
  • What are the possibilities for qualification?

Do you already have some documents in German? Then please bring them with you. During the consultation, you will find out whether you need to have additional documents translated for your application.

The application must then be submitted informally to the Bavarian School of Administration in writing with the required documents.

The Bavarian School of Administration, as the responsible office, will decide on the application.

Special notes

Specialized pool attendants and certified pool attendants are often confused with lifeguards and lifeguards, but they are fundamentally different.



Processing time

As a rule, the recognition procedure is completed in three months. Missing proofs and documents lead to delays.

Required documents

  • Final reports and subject overviews

    Original or certified copy and translation in German. The translations must be prepared by a publicly appointed or sworn translator.

  • evidence of your professional experience (e.g. references, workbooks)

    Original or certified copy and translation in German. The translations must be prepared by a publicly appointed or sworn translator.

  • Proof of identity

    Copy of identity card or passport

  • Proof of your German language skills

    z. e.g. certificate at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

  • Notification and letters from other competent authorities in Germany

    If you have already applied.


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • The fees are based on the fee law of the Bavarian School of Administration and depend on the individual effort for the execution of the procedure. Costs between 35.00 and 1500.00 EUR may be incurred.

    Possibly further costs: e.g. for translations, certifications, adaptation qualifications or examination fees.


Administrative court action

Details of the procedure can be found in the instructions on appealing your decision.


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