Service Description

The profession of healthcare and pediatric nurse is regulated in Germany. This means that you need a state license to work as a healthcare and paediatric nurse in Germany. With the permit, you can use the job title "Gesundheits- und Kinderkrankenpflegerin" or "Gesundheits- und Kinderkrankenpfleger" and work in the profession. You can also apply to use the job title "Gesundheits- und Kinderkrankenpflegerfachperson".

You can also obtain a state permit from the competent authority in Germany with a professional qualification from a so-called third country. Third countries are all countries that do not belong to the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. In order to obtain the permit, you must have your foreign professional qualification recognized.

On January 1, 2020, nursing training in Germany was reformed and the new Nursing Professions Act came into force. There is a transitional period for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications on the basis of the Nursing Act. Your foreign professional qualification may still be recognized under the old Nursing Act on a transitional basis until 31 December 2024. The competent authority will advise you.

In the recognition procedure, the competent authority will compare your professional qualification from abroad with the German professional qualification and check the equivalence. The equivalence of the professional qualification is an important prerequisite for the granting of a state license.

You can also dispense with an equivalence test and complete a knowledge test or an adaptation period directly. In this case, the competent authority will not carry out an equivalence test.

In addition to the equivalence of the professional qualification, you must also meet other requirements for the permit to be issued. Further requirements include, for example, sufficient German language skills and health suitability.

If your professional qualification comes from the EU, the EEA or Switzerland, other regulations apply.
You can also apply for the procedure from abroad.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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Competent Authority

Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt - Berufe des Gesundheitswesens, Landesprüfungsamt - Referat 720

Postal address
Jorge-Semprún-Platz 4
99423 Weimar
Transport connection
1, 2, 3, 9
Parking spaces
Parking Place
Tiefgarage Atrium,
Number: 840
Fees: yes

Building access


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