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Distance learning courses Admission of substantial changes


If there are significant changes in a distance learning course which is not exclusively for leisure and entertainment, these must be approved by the competent authority.

Significant changes exist if the contents, duration or objectives of the course have changed beyond the usual course maintenance, e.g. due to changes in the relevant legal standards.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the State Central Office for Distance Education (ZFU).

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are fees according to the General Administrative Fee Regulations (AVerwGebO NRW).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Constructive Approval: 3 Months
on receipt of the complete dossier

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months
§ 12a Distance Learning Protection Act (FernUSG)

Applications / forms

The competent authority makes applications and forms available for download on its website.

Technically approved by

Ministry of Culture of Lower Saxony

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)