Permission to hold the professional title Grant of midwife or maternity nurse from EU/EEA/Switzerland Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The activity as a midwife or maternity nurse is regulated in Germany. This means that in order to work as a midwife or maternity nurse in Germany, you need a state permit. With this permission, you may use the professional title "midwife" or "maternity nurse" and work in the profession. You can also obtain permission in Germany with a professional qualification from a country of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. The state permit is granted to you by the competent authority (an authority) if your training as a midwife or maternity nurse is equivalent to the German training. Equivalence is an important condition for granting permission. They must meet other requirements, e..B. sufficient German language skills and health suitability. A professional qualification from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland is usually automatically recognised when you apply for a permit. However, there may also be deviations from this rule. It depends on the state in which they have completed their training and at what time. If you have acquired your professional qualification after the EU/EEA accession of your training country, your professional qualification will be automatically recognised. Then the recognition procedure is shortened. If your professional qualification is not from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, different rules apply. You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

The competent authority will tell you which documents you need to submit. Important documents are generally: Proof of identity (identity card or passport) German-language CV in table form with your trainings and professional activities officially certified copy of your certificate of education Proof of your relevant professional practice as a midwife or maternity nurse Criminal record extract or certificate of leadership from your country of origin as proof of your worthiness and reliability (this proof may be no more than 3 months old at the time of application.) Medical certificate of your health suitability (The proof can be from an authority from your training state. This certificate may not be more than 3 months old at the time of application.) Declaration that you have not yet applied for permission in Germany The competent authority will inform you which documents you need to submit in the original or as a copy. If your documents are not available in German, you must submit German translations of your documents. The translations must be made by translators who are publicly appointed or authorised.


Preconditions
They have a professional qualification as a midwife or maternity nurse from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. They are suitable for health. (That means you can work mentally and physically as a midwife or maternity nurse.) They are reliable for working as a midwife or maternity nurse and have no criminal record. You have the necessary knowledge of German for the job. This is usually the level of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Hints
Freedom to provide services If you only want to work temporarily and occasionally independently as a service provider or service provider in Germany, you do not need a government permit. However, special conditions will apply. You must report your work to the competent body before the first activity. The competent authority will inform you exactly about the procedure. Equivalence decision The authorisation procedure is carried out to examine equivalence (recognition procedure). You can request a separate decision for the outcome of the audit. Electronic application You can also submit your application electronically. The application may be submitted directly to the competent authority. You can also submit the application to the Single Contact. The Single Contact Person will help you and forward the application to the competent body that will carry out the recognition procedure. Procedures for late emigrants As a late emigrant, you can go through the recognition procedure either according to the law mentioned here or under the Federal Persons of Displaced Persons Act. You can decide for yourself. Your competent body will advise you on this.
Application They shall apply to the competent body for permission to hold the professional title of 'midwife' or 'maternity nurse'. The competent body checks whether your training corresponds to the German training and that all other prerequisites are met. Automatic recognition As a rule, the automatic recognition procedure applies if you have acquired your professional qualification after the eu/EEA accession of your training country. This means that if you also meet all other requirements, your professional qualification will be recognised without an individual examination of equivalence. Certificate Professional qualifications that you have acquired before your country of education (or do not comply with the legal designations) prior to the EU/EEA accession can also be recognised automatically. To do so, you must present a certificate from the competent authority of your training country that your professional qualification complies with the EU minimum standards ("Certificate of Conformity"). If your professional qualification does not meet the minimum standards, you must prove your professional practice. You must have worked as a midwife or maternity nurse in the country of origin for 3 consecutive years in the last 5 years prior to the application. This must be confirmed by the authority of your country of origin. Examination of equivalence If you are unable to present a certificate of conformity or do not have enough professional practice, your training must be checked individually. The competent body compares your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification as a midwife or maternity nurse. The competent body shall check whether your professional qualification is equivalent. The professional qualification is equivalent if there are no significant differences between your foreign professional qualification and the German professional qualification. Possible results of the test If your professional qualification is equivalent, your foreign professional qualification will be recognised. The authority may confirm the result in writing. You have to meet the other requirements and prove your language skills. You will then be granted permission to hold the professional title of "midwife" or "maternity nurse". If the body responsible finds significant differences, you can make up for the differences through your professional practice and other knowledge and skills (lifelong learning). You must prove your professional practice. Knowledge and skills must be certified by an authority of your country of origin. However, this knowledge may not be sufficient. You cannot then compensate for the main differences. Your foreign professional qualification will not be recognised. The competent body shall tell you in writing the main differences and why you cannot compensate for the essential differences with your professional practice. The decision of the competent authority also states what level of training your training has and what level is necessary in Germany. You may not then work as a midwife or maternity nurse. However, the competent authority offers you to take an adaptation course or take an aptitude test as a compensatory measure. If you successfully complete this action, you may work in the profession. Adaptation course or aptitude test If your professional qualification is not equivalent, you can take an adaptation course or take an aptitude test. In the aptitude test, one examines the main differences in your professional qualification. The exam consists of a practical exercise and an examination interview. The contents and the exact procedure of the examination are regulated by law. If you complete the adaptation course or pass the aptitude test, you are granted permission to hold the professional title as a "midwife" or "maternity nurse". You must also meet the additional requirements and demonstrate your language skills. Remedy You can take legal action against the decision of the competent authority. The decision will then be reviewed. Details of this can be provided in the appeal notice at the end of your decision. We recommend that you speak to the appropriate body before taking legal action against the decision.