Start of proceedingsThe procedure begins with the receipt of an application.The recognition authority confirms receipt of the application within one month, checks receipt of the advance payment of EUR 150.00 and requests any missing documents.ProcedureThe recognition office examines the prerequisites for the granting of state recognition on the basis of the documents submitted.The main criteria are the skills and knowledge acquired in the course of the individual studies completed abroad.Other methods and sources of information may also be used by the recognition office (e.g. research in the country of education).If the documentation is not sufficient, further information or documentation may be requested from the applicant.A determination is made as to whether there are significant differences between the individual's degree and the qualifying studies in Bavaria. The existence of the other special requirements for the granting of state recognition will also be examined. Proven professional experience and further certificates of qualification are taken into account.Completion of the procedureAfter receipt of the complete documents and the advance payment, the recognition authority must decide on the application within three months by means of a notice.The following outcomes are possible:No significant differences are found and all other special requirements are met: State recognition is granted and a corresponding certificate is issued.If there are no significant differences, but the special requirements for state recognition are not yet met:State recognition is not yet granted. However, the equivalence of the professional qualification is established in a legally binding decision and it is explained by which compensatory measures the deficits for the state recognition can be compensated. You will be offered a corresponding adaptation course. A separate certificate of equivalence will be issued upon request. After successful completion of the adaptation course or passing of aptitude tests, state recognition is granted and a corresponding certificate is issued.There are substantial differences and the special requirements for state recognition are not met:State recognition is not yet granted. A legally binding decision is issued stating which compensatory measures can be used to compensate for significant differences or deficits. You will be offered a corresponding adaptation course.After successful completion of the adaptation course or the passing of aptitude tests, state recognition is granted and a corresponding certificate is issued.If the course of study completed abroad does not qualify the applicant for comparable work as a qualifying course of study in the Free State of Bavaria, the application will be rejected.If the applicant does not fulfil his/her duty to cooperate and the facts cannot be clarified for this reason, the application will be rejected.Compensatory measuresIf there are substantial differences between the foreign course of study completed and the corresponding course of study in Bavaria regulated by Land law, compensatory measures are necessary.The areas of study for which compensatory measures are necessary are determined by the recognition office by means of a decision. This entitles you to take part in the corresponding compensatory measures.Compensatory measures are offered as an adaptation course with a certificate of achievement or as an aptitude test. However, a missing work placement cannot be replaced by an aptitude test.You are entitled to advice on which teaching institutions offer the relevant compensatory measures.After completion of the adaptation course or after passing the aptitude test, you can submit a follow-up application for the granting of state recognition by presenting the acquired certificates of achievement.