# Recognition of professional qualifications
Did you obtain professional qualifications abroad and would you like to work in your profession in Germany? Find out here what you need to do to have foreign professional qualifications recognised and considered on an equal footing with German qualifications.To Services
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If you want to learn the German language and find your way around independently in everyday life, you can take part in an integration course under certain conditions.
In order to be able to work in Germany as a veterinarian without restriction, you need the Approbation.
The Approbation is the state admission to the profession. The Approbation is necessary because the profession is regulated in Germany. This means that you are not allowed to work independently as a veterinarian without an Approbation.
The Approbation will be granted to you by the competent authority if your veterinary education is equivalent to the German education. The equivalence is checked in the recognition procedure. You have to fulfill further requirements for the granting of the Approbation.
You can also obtain an Approbation in Germany with a professional qualification from a so-called third country. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.
If your professional qualification originates from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.
You can also submit the application for the procedure from abroad.
Anyone wishing to hold a professional title in one of the following health care professions requires a permit:
- health care worker and nurse
- technical assistant in medicine
- speech therapist
- occupational therapist
- medical bath attendant
- geriatric nurse
- geriatric nurse or nurse's aide
You must have completed the prescribed training and passed the state examination in the Free State of Thuringia.
You must prove that you are suitable in health terms for the exercise of the respective profession and that you have not been guilty of any behavior that would make you unreliable for the exercise of the profession.