Permission to hold the professional title Grant educator or educator with professional qualification from abroad

The profession of educator is regulated in Germany by the individual federal states. This means that you are only allowed to work in this profession in the Land of Brandenburg if you have a formal right to hold the professional title "State-recognized educator"/"State-recognized educator". In order to obtain this entitlement, your foreign professional qualification must be recognised by the state of Brandenburg. This is done at the request of the Cottbus State School Board. All persons who are qualified to work as educators in your country of origin can apply. It does not matter what nationality you have or in which country you have acquired your qualification. An application can also be made from abroad. However, they must have the intention and, if necessary, document their activities in Brandenburg.

Evaluation of your qualification (assessment of equivalence) the following documents are required: a tabular list of the training courses completed and the activities carried out in German; proof of identity (e.g. passport or identity card); educational certificates acquired abroad with a list of subjects and grades in copy with a corresponding translation in German, Evidence of relevant professional experience and other qualifications (e.g. certificates of continuing training) where they are necessary to establish equivalence (in the case of foreign language evidence with a corresponding translation in German), in the case of Section 9 (1) point 2 bbgBQFG, a certificate of entitlement to practise in the training state (in the case of foreign-language evidence with a corresponding translation in German), a declaration as to whether and to which body an application for equivalence has already been made, a communication issued by another country if necessary (in the case of foreign language evidence with a corresponding translation in German) and proof that you want to pursue an activity corresponding to your professional qualification in the Land of Brandenburg (e.g. proof of application for an entry visa for gainful employment, proof of contact with potential employers) The certificates and professional documents must be filed as officially certified copies and by a translator sworn in by German courts. For individual proof of the conditions for granting State recognition, the following documents must be attached to the application: proof of identity (e.g. passport or identity card); proof or communication establishing the equivalence of your qualification or level of knowledge; proof of personal suitability/reliability: either a document from the competent authority in your country of origin (e.g. a certificate of leadership or an extract from the criminal record) or a German certificate of leadership (according to Section 30 of the Federal Central Register Act) if you already live in Germany; Proof of health suitability: either a medical certificate/a comparable certificate of your country of origin or a German medical certificate if you already live in Germany; Proof of the knowledge of the German language required to practise your profession: Certificate of German language skills at level B2 (e.g. Goethe Institute Certificate B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Documents under 3 and 4 may not be older than three months. The documents relating to numbers 1, 3 and 4 must be provided in an officially certified copy and as a translation in German. The translations shall be provided by public or sworn interpreters or translators.


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Preconditions
- an application for an examination of equivalence and granting State recognition as an educator may be submitted by any person qualified in your country of origin to work as an educator; - it is irrelevant what nationality you have or in which country you have acquired your qualification; - state recognition for the profession of "state-recognised educator"/"state-recognised educator" is granted if you meet the following conditions: Your foreign vocational qualification corresponds to the qualification in the technical education course of the specialised in social pedagogy in Brandenburg, including integrated practical training; i.e. Your foreign qualification is equivalent and there are no significant differences in accordance with Section 9 (1) bbgSozBerG. In accordance with Paragraphs 12 and 13 of the BbgSozBerG, they are personally and healthily suitable for the profession. You have knowledge of the German language required for this profession.
You apply to the Cottbus State School Board as the competent authority for state recognition. The granting of State recognition presupposes the determination of equivalence. This means that first your qualification is checked, then the other prerequisites for state recognition. 1. You submit a written application together with all necessary documents and address it to the Cottbus State School Board 2. It will be checked within one month whether your documents have been submitted in full. If this is not the case, you will be asked in writing to submit the relevant documents by post. 3. When the documents are complete, your foreign training will be checked for equivalence. This means that you check whether your training corresponds to the degree in the technical education course in the field of social pedagogy. The audit provides for the following steps: a) Examination of your foreign training with regard to: Overlaps or differences in training content Duration of training Eligibility to work in this profession in the country where you completed your training b) Examination of your previous professional activity (e.g. on the basis of your workbook or work certificates) It is checked whether and what professional experience (abroad/in Germany) you have in the relevant fields of work of a state-recognized educator. 4. Thereafter, other requirements are checked (language skills, personal and health suitability).   The following results are possible and will   be communicated to you in writing in a communication: 1. Determination of equivalence and recognition If there are no significant differences between your foreign education and German training (specialist education in the field of social pedagogy in Brandenburg), the equivalence is certified. If you additionally demonstrate your personal and health skills as well as the required language skills (language skills at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), you will be granted state recognition. An administrative fee of EUR 65,- will be charged for the granting of state recognition, this will be communicated to you in writing in a fee notice. After payment of the administrative fee, a certificate of state recognition will be sent to you. This gives you the right to hold the professional title "State-recognized educator"/"State-recognized educator". 2. Identifying significant differences If there are significant differences between your foreign education and German training (specialist training course in the field of social pedagogy), it will be examined whether you can compensate for these differences with your previous relevant professional experience or further training. If not, you can compensate for the differences identified by completing an adjustment course or taking an aptitude exam. The content of an adaptation course or an aptitude test shall be determined individually by the competent authority. Adaptation course: In the state of Brandenburg there are no standardized adaptation courses, but individually tailored compensation options. For example, it is possible to complete guided internships. The duration of the adaptation course depends on the individual case. It lasts a maximum of three years. Aptitude test: An aptitude test is an examination in which you test your competence for the profession of state-recognised educator. An aptitude test is not a new final examination. The aptitude test relates only to the significant differences identified. You can choose whether you want to take an adaptation course or an aptitude test. In case of a compensatory measure, German language language level B2 is also required. As a rule, you must provide proof of this before the start of a compensatory measure. If you successfully complete the compensatory measure and submit the proof solitude in writing to the Cottbus State School Board, the equivalence between your foreign education and the technical education course in the field of social pedagogy in Brandenburg will be certified in writing. If you additionally demonstrate your personal and health aptitude as well as the required language skills, you will be granted state recognition as an educator. An administrative fee of EUR 65,- will be charged for the granting of state recognition, this will be communicated to you in writing in a fee notice. After payment of the administrative fee, a certificate of state recognition will be sent to you. This gives you the right to hold the professional title of "state-recognised educator"/"state-recognised educator". 3. Rejection If there are no equivalences between your foreign education and the technical education course in the field of social pedagogy in Brandenburg, your application will be rejected and this will be communicated in a communication.

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Last update or date of publication
20.07.2020