Apply for recognition as a midwife with a professional qualification that is automatically recognised
The profession of midwife is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to be able to work as a midwife in Germany, you need a state permit. With the permit, you may use the professional title "midwife" and work in the profession.
Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can obtain state permission from the competent authority in Germany. In order to obtain the permit, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognized.
In the recognition procedure, the competent authority compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and checks its equivalence. In some cases, your professional qualification may be automatically recognised. That is, no equivalence check is carried out. It is assumed that the training is equivalent.
As a rule, your professional qualification is automatically recognised if you have acquired your professional qualification in a country of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. However, there may be exceptions to this rule. It depends on which state they completed their education in and when.
There may be other cases where your professional qualification is automatically recognised. The competent authority will inform you. If your professional qualification is not automatically recognised, other rules apply.
You must also meet other requirements for the granting of the permit. Other requirements are, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.
You submit an application for permission to use the professional title "midwife" to the competent authority.
You can submit the application with the documents to the competent authority or send it by post. Do not send originals. Sometimes you can also send the application electronically. The competent authority will inform you.
Examination of the application by the competent authority
The competent authority will check whether you meet all the requirements for the granting of permission to use the professional title "midwife". A prerequisite is that your professional qualification is recognized.
There are different cases in which a professional qualification can be automatically recognised. As a rule, this applies if you have acquired vocational training in a member state of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. The competent authority will inform you about the possibilities for automatic recognition. In the case of automatic recognition, the equivalence of your professional qualification is not checked individually. This means that if you also meet all other requirements (reliability, health suitability, German language skills), you will receive permission to use the professional title "midwife".
Certificate of conformity for professional qualifications obtained before the EU/EEA accession of the country of training:
Vocational training from the EU or the EEA can also be automatically recognised if it was started before the EU/EEA accession of your country of training (or if it does not correspond to the legal titles). To do this, you must submit a certificate from the competent authority of your country of training stating that your professional qualification meets the minimum standards of the EU ("Certificate of Conformity"). If your professional qualification does not meet the minimum standards, you will need to prove your professional experience. You must have worked as a midwife in your country of origin for 3 consecutive years in the last 5 years before submitting your application. This must be confirmed by the authority of your country of origin.
If your professional qualification is automatically recognised, you must still meet the other requirements. Then you will receive permission to use the professional title "midwife".
Who should I contact?
Let an IQ counselling centre advise you personally on this procedure and your qualifications. The advisors will also help you with your documents before submitting your application. The consultation is free of charge.
If you are abroad: You can also reach the Central Service Centre for Professional Recognition (ZSBA) via the hotline. This offers you in-depth advice and support in the recognition procedure and carries out a location consultation.
Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family - Lüneburg Branch Office
- You have a professional qualification as a midwife, which is automatically recognized.
- You want to work as a midwife in Germany.
- Personal suitability: You are reliable for working as a midwife and have no criminal record.
- Health suitability: You can work as a midwife mentally and physically.
- You have German language skills at the required language level. This is usually the language level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Which documents are required?
The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally:
- Proof of identity (ID card or passport)
- Marriage certificate (if your name has changed due to marriage)
- Curriculum vitae
- Proof of your professional qualification (e.g. certificates, professional certificate)
- Proof of training
- Proof of your relevant professional experience as a midwife
- Proof of further relevant knowledge for working as a midwife
- Perhaps: You don't live or work in the EU, the EEA or Switzerland yet? Then you have to prove that you want to work in the profession in Germany. Evidence includes, for example, job applications, invitations to interviews, or personal statements
You only need to submit the following documents if your professional qualification originates from the EU or EEA and was completed before a certain date (cut-off date). The competent authority will inform you:
If there is no certificate of conformity:
Proof of content and duration of your education (e.g. list of subjects and grades, study book, diploma supplement, transcript of records)
- Certificate: You must have worked continuously and legally as a midwife for at least three years during the last five years prior to the issuance of the certificate. In some cases, you only need to prove two years. It depends on your education. The competent authority will inform you.
You usually hand in these documents later. The competent authority will inform you when you should hand in the documents:
- Proof of your personal suitability: extract from the criminal record or certificate of good conduct from your country of origin. The proof must be no more than 3 months old at the time of application.
- Proof of your health fitness: Medical certificate. The proof must be no more than 3 months old at the time of application.
- Proof of your German language skills: Language certificate
The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit as a simple copy, as a certified copy or in the original.
What are the fees?
The competent authority will inform you about the costs. The costs generally depend on the effort required for processing.
In addition, additional costs may arise (e.g. for translations or certifications). These costs vary from person to person.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
There is no deadline.
Sometimes documents are still missing in the procedure. The competent authority will then inform you by when you have to submit the documents. As a result, the procedure may be prolonged.
Processing Time: 3 MonthsThe competent authority will inform you if documents are missing. If the documents are complete, the procedure will take a maximum of 3 months.
Applications / forms
- Forms: Forms can be obtained from the competent authority.
- Online procedure possible: Ask the competent authority whether you can submit the application online.
- Personal appearance required: no
You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority within a certain period of time (e.g. file an objection). The decision will then be reviewed. Details can be found in the information on legal remedies at the end of your decision. We recommend that you first talk to the competent authority before taking legal action against the decision.
What else should I know?
Freedom to provide services
Would you like to offer services only sometimes and for a short time in Germany? Then most of the time you don't need the state permit. You must meet these requirements:
- You must be established in another state of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.
- You will need to prove your professional qualification.
- You must notify the competent authority of your activity in writing.
The competent authority will inform you.
Notice of equivalence
In the approval procedure, the equivalence is also checked (recognition procedure). You can apply for a separate notification for the result of the examination.
Procedure for ethnic German repatriates
As a late repatriate, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the laws mentioned here or according to the Federal Expellees Act. You can decide for yourself. The competent authority will advise you on which procedure is right for you.
Reference dates according to Annex V.5 of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications (Professional Recognition Directive)
Technically approved by
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Federal Ministry of Health
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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.