Nursing assistant; application for recognition of foreign vocational training

You can have a school/professional qualification in nursing assistance acquired abroad checked for equivalence with the Bavarian vocational training for "Nursing assistant (geriatric care)" or "Nursing assistant (nursing)".



Any person can apply for an equivalence assessment procedure who

  • has acquired a training qualification or other professional qualification in nursing care abroad and
  • intends to take up gainful employment in Bavaria.

Proof of training/training qualification means that proof of a professional qualification completed abroad must be provided.

Intention to work means that the applicant must have the intention to work in Bavaria. You must document this intention by providing evidence, such as proof that you have applied for an entry visa for gainful employment or proof that you have had contact with potential employers. If you are a citizen of the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland or are resident there and there are no special reasons against your intention, you do not need to provide proof.

The application must always be submitted in person. Authorization is possible.

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


You will generally receive confirmation that your application has been received within one month. You may also receive a list of documents that are still missing and that you need to submit later.

The review is generally carried out on the basis of the documents submitted or subsequently requested.

If the documents are complete, it will be checked whether there are any significant differences in terms of content or time between the professional qualification acquired abroad and the qualification as a "nursing assistant (geriatric care)" or "nursing assistant (nursing)". If there are significant differences, these can be compensated for by other certificates of competence (e.g. further training, additional training) or by proven relevant professional experience.

If there are no significant differences, full equivalence will be established in a certificate. With such a certificate of equivalence, you will be treated legally in the same way as a person with a corresponding Bavarian professional qualification.

If equivalence cannot be established, your application will be rejected.

Processing time

You will receive confirmation of receipt within one month of submitting the documents. If all documents are complete, the competent body must decide on equivalence within three months. This deadline is suspended for as long as additional documents have to be requested. In difficult cases, the decision deadline can be extended once for good reason.

Required documents

  • a tabular list in German of the training courses and, where applicable, of the gainful employment pursued to date

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport) in copy

  • in case of change of name within the documents: a copy of the marriage certificate

  • Proof that the applicant wants to work in Bavaria, in German language

    (e.g. by applying for an entry visa for gainful employment, contacting potential employers, declaration of intent to take up employment in Bavaria, certificate of registration from the residents' registration office)

  • Proof of the training qualification obtained abroad or of another qualification with a list of hours and subjects

    (in copy as well as with translation into German by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator)

  • other qualifications

    (e.g. on further vocational training or retraining certificates), as a copy and with a translation into German by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator

  • Proof of relevant professional experience (e.g. employer's references, work books) in copy and with translation into German by a publicly appointed or sworn interpreter or translator.

  • if applicable, documents relating to previous recognition procedures

Online procedures


  • 40,00 EUR


An action against the decision can be brought before the administrative court. An objection procedure in accordance with Art. 15 of the Act on the Implementation of the Administrative Court Code (AGVwGO) does not have to be carried out in advance. In particular, these are not "personal examination decisions" within the meaning of Art. 15 AGVwGO.

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