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Apply for permission to use the professional title of physiotherapist

Working as a physiotherapist is regulated in Germany .

This means that in order to work in Germany as a physiotherapist in Germany you must apply for a state permit. With this permit, you may use the professional title "physiotherapist" and work in the profession.

You must apply for the permit at the responsible office.

Once you have submitted the application and all documents are complete, the competent body will check whether you meet all the requirements.

If you meet all the requirements, you will receive the permit.

You may not start working until you have received the permit.

The permit is granted if you

  • have completed the vocational or higher education training prescribed by this Act and have passed the final state examination
  • have not been guilty of any conduct that would render you unreliable to practice the profession,
  • are not unfit for the practice of the profession from a health point of view
  • have the knowledge of the German language required for the practice of the profession

You will need the following documents to process the application:

  • Proof of the state examination certificate, confirming that the training period prescribed by the respective law has been completed and that the state examination has been passed, or the notice on the determination of the equivalence of the foreign professional qualification.
  • criminal and professional law declaration
  • Proof of reliability; this is a confirmation that the applicant is not guilty of any behavior that would make him/her unreliable to practice the profession. This can be done by submitting an official certificate of good conduct for presentation to authorities, not older than 3 months when the permit is issued.
  • Medical certificate stating that the person is not unfit to exercise the profession from a health point of view.
  • Confirmation of having the knowledge of the German language required for the exercise of the occupation.

Is based on the respective administrative fee regulations of the state or on the fee statutes of the bodies responsible under state law.

There are no deadlines to be observed.

If the documents are complete, your application will be processed promptly.

§ 1 paragraph 1 Masseur and Physiotherapist Act

Forms available: Yes

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance required: No

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