The profession of geriatric care assistant is regulated in many German states. This means that in order to be able to work as a geriatric care assistant without restriction, you need a state permit.
With this permit, you may use the job title and work in the profession without restriction.
The legal regulations and requirements of the profession differ in the individual federal states. The profession is called differently in the individual federal states:
- "Altenpflegehelferin" or "Altenpflegehelfer" in Brandenburg, Hesse, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia.
- "state-certified geriatric care assistant" in Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt
- "state-certified geriatric care assistant" or "state-certified geriatric care assistant" in Rhineland-Palatinate
- "state-certified health and nursing assistant" or "state-certified health and nursing assistant" in Hamburg
- "state-certified nursing assistant" or "state-certified nursing assistant" in Bavaria
- "state-certified nursing assistant" or "state-certified nursing assistant" in Lower Saxony
- "Nursing and geriatric care assistant" or "Nursing and geriatric care assistant" in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Even with a professional qualification from abroad, you can get permission from the competent body (an authority) to use the professional title.
To do this, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognized. In the procedure, the competent authority compares your foreign professional qualification with the German professional qualification and checks the equivalence. Equivalence is an important prerequisite for the granting of the state permit.
In addition to the professional qualification, you must meet other requirements. For example, you must be in good health and be able to speak the German language.
It is important where you did your education. The procedure for professional qualifications from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland may be different from the procedure for professional qualifications from third countries. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.
You can also submit the application from abroad.