Recognition nursing specialist in Bavaria

You have a professional qualification as a nurse from abroad and would like to work in Bavaria? Then we need to check your qualification. This is because the responsibility for the recognition procedure lies with the Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege (LfP) from 01.07.2023. There are several requirements for the procedure. The flow of the procedure follows a certain structure. There are two possible outcomes in the procedure: Either your qualification is recognized as equivalent or you have to complete a compensation measure. The procedure is associated with cost. In our FAQ we answer your questions. The documents for application and continuing links to the procedure and advisory services, as well as the legal basis can be found below. Contact </g>you are welcome to contact us for further questions.

Accelerated skilled worker procedure:

Nursing professionals are not eligible to apply for the expedited professional process. He must submit the application to the Central Office for the Immigration of Skilled Workers (ZSEF). After the start of the accelerated skilled worker procedure, the authorized employer or the ZSEF submits the application for recognition of the foreign professional qualification to the Bavarian State Office for Nursing.

Information on this procedure can be found here and on the ZSEF page.

Recognition as a nursing assistant:

You have completed one year of training in nursing and would like to be recognized as a nursing assistant in Bavaria? Then please submit the application to the government of Upper Franconia.



responsibility :

Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege will be responsible for the state recognition of foreign nursing professions in Bavaria from 01.07.2023. The profession of nursing specialist is a regulated profession. This means: a recognition of professional qualification is absolutely necessary to work in this profession.

Please note:
If you submitted your application to a Bavarian district government before 01.07.2023, the district government will continue to process your application. You do not need to submit a new application.

Requirements for the recognition process:

Requirements for a recognition procedure are:

  • You want to work in Bavaria.
  • You have acquired a state or state-recognized professional qualification as a nurse in your country of origin.
  • You can prove your training/professional qualification with a certificate of completion.
  • You may practice the profession in your country of training without restriction.

What documents do I need to submit?

You will find all the information you need in our leaflets, forms and documents, which we update on an ongoing basis.

Please note:

Your cooperation is important so that we can process your application without delays. Please send us all the necessary documents in full. If documents are missing, we will inform you. In this case, please reply and send us the missing documents as soon as possible.


You can make your request online or by mail . When we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation.

In the following the procedure is shown (with kind permission of the IQ Fachstelle):

Waiver of in-depth equivalency testing:

The waiver of the in-depth equivalence test is only possible for degrees from outside EU member states/European Economic Area/Switzerland (third countries). A waiver can reduce the duration of processing. Also, somewhat lower costs, as fewer documents are necessary than for an in-depth equivalence check.

Please note: If you waive the in-depth equivalency exam, you must take the knowledge exam in any case. You will then not have the option to choose between knowledge test and adaptation course.

For more information, please see our fact sheet.

General information:

Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege will review your application. You will then receive a letter or notice from us with the result. In it you will also find all the important information for the next steps.

If we cannot immediately consider your professional qualification as “equivalent”, you can compensate for this. Here you can choose between an adaptation course and a knowledge test/aptitude test.

You can download our flyer “Berufsanerkennung in der Pflege – Anpassungsmaßnahmen” here or order it free of charge on the portal.


The process costs money. We charge you a fee between 40 and 70 euros.
In addition, there are costs for the certificate in the amount of 40 euros.

In addition, there are costs for translations and possibly for certifications. If you have to take a compensatory measure, there will be additional costs for adaptation course/knowledge test/aptitude test and, if necessary, a preparatory course. Further costs arise if you have to repeat the compensation measure.

Information on possible cost coverage:

Note: You must apply for funding,BEFOR you submit an application to the Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege.

The FAQ/Frequently Asked Questions only apply to applications submitted to the Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege as of 07/01/2023. The basis is the profession of nursing specialist.

These documents are continuously updated and adapted.

Here you can find the online application

Attention: If you submit the application online, a completed application form is not necessary



Fact sheets countries:

Information material:

Central regulations can be found in the Nursing Professions Act (PflBG, in particular in §§ 1, 2, 4, 40 – 48 PflBG and the appendix to § 41 para. 1 sentence 1 PflBG) and in the Nursing Professions Training and Examination Ordinance (PflAPrV, in particular in §§ 42 – 49 PflAPrV).

Dear visitor,

our service center is available for you at the following times:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 14:00 – 16:00
Phone: +49 9621/9669-4545

Bayerisches Landesamt für Pflege
Mildred-Scheel-Str. 4
92224 Amberg