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.