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Foreign professional qualification Recognition as a socio-pedagogical assistant

If you want to work as a socio-pedagogical assistant in Germany, the equivalence of your training with the local training "State-certified socio-pedagogical assistant" must be determined. This is done by the competent authority.

Process flow

For recognition, the Lüneburg Regional State Office for Schools and Education will check on the basis of your certificates whether or to what extent your foreign qualification corresponds to a German qualification for the profession of social pedagogical assistant. This review is based on defined formal criteria, such as content, professional orientation and duration of the training. Your relevant professional experience will be taken into account as well as other relevant qualifications. The decision on the application is made by a written decision.

If there are significant differences, a compensatory measure (adaptation period or aptitude test) is required before the professional qualification acquired abroad is recognised. The scope of the compensatory measure will be determined by the Regional State Office for School and Education Lüneburg in a notice.

Further information can be found on the "Recognition in Germany" portal:

This Internet portal provides quick and easy answers to questions about recognition, for example:

  • Do I have to have my professional qualification recognised?

  • Is the recognition worth it for me?

  • Can I submit the application? Do I have a formal right to it?

  • Where do I have to turn?

  • What does the procedure look like?

  • What documents are required? What form do the documents have to take?

  • How long does the procedure take?

  • How much does the procedure cost?

  • Which laws are relevant to my case?


Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Regional State Office for School and Education Lüneburg.


In order for the professional qualification obtained abroad to be recognised, the following conditions must be met:

  • the professional qualification obtained entitles the holder to engage in professional activities comparable to those of a socio-pedagogical assistant in the country in which they were obtained, and

  • there are no significant differences between the professional qualification obtained in the country of origin and the corresponding vocational training in Lower Saxony.

Which documents are required?

  1. Completed application form (not applicable for online applications)
  2. Hand-signed tabular description of the educational and professional career (curriculum vitae) in German,
  3. Copy of the school leaving certificate
  4. Copies of the training certificates in the original language and as a German translation:
    1. Graduation documents (e.g. diploma), including attachment if applicable, in the original language and as a German translation
    2. Proof of training content (subject board, explanations and curricular requirements if applicable, etc.) in the original language and as a German translation
    3. Certificate from the competent authority that you are directly entitled to practise the profession in the country of training in the original language and as a German translation
  5. Copies of proof of relevant professional experience in Germany or abroad in the form of employment references/work books in the original language and as a German translation. The evidence should be able to provide information about the activities and the scope of activities
  6. Proof of identity (identity card, passport or residence permit)

If the application is submitted by post, the evidence according to Nos. 3 - 5 must generally be submitted as an officially certified copy of the respective original. In the case of digital applications, we reserve the right to request certified copies at a later date.

For the documents in non-German, additional translations into German are required. The translations must be prepared or at least confirmed by a publicly appointed/sworn translator in Germany.

English-language certificates do not need to be translated.

The Regional State Office for Schools and Education reserves the right to request officially certified copies of the above-mentioned documents.


What are the fees?

Fee: 100,00 - 250,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
In addition, you must expect further costs when carrying out the recognition procedure (e.g. fees for translations and certifications).

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines have to be observed on the part of the applicant.

Processing duration

The processing time is generally up to 3 months, provided that the application documents are complete. In individual cases, an extension may be necessary. The deadline for submitting the application begins with the confirmation from the competent authority that the required documents are complete.


If the requested recognition is refused, administrative recourse is available. The refusal is accompanied by a specific information on legal remedies, from which the time limit for filing an action and the competent administrative court can be seen.

Supporting institutions

The service centres of the "Integration through Qualification" network (IQ Network) will be happy to advise and accompany you before, during and after the recognition procedure.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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