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Recognition and admission of professional training in social care completed abroad (granting of business license) – application

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General information

Social care training courses available in different countries are based on different training concepts and systems.

Social care professionals trained abroad need to undergo supplementary training if the content and quantity of their training is not equivalent in all fields to the Austrian standard, and the skills and knowledge required to exercise the social care profession in Austria have thus not been sufficiently covered. Both theoretical and practical training must be equivalent to the Austrian training standards.

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Applicants must have completed training in a social care profession abroad.




If your main residence is in Vienna, or you intend to move your private or professional residence to Vienna (though you are currently not residing in Austria):

Social Welfare, Social and Public Health Law (MA 40) (German)
1030 Vienna, Thomas-Klestil-Platz 6
Phone: +43 1 4000-40824, -40825
Fax: +43 1 4000-99-40809
E-Mail: post@ma40.wien.gv.at or gesundheitsrecht@ma40.wien.gv.at

You need to make a prior appointment before coming to the Social Welfare Office in person. Before your appointment, please send us copies of all documents by email to gesundheitsrecht@ma40.wien.gv.at or by post. You will then get a personal appointment where you can submit the original documents.

Questions to the procedure can be cleared in a personal conversation.

Authentication and signature

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.

Documents required

Applicants need to bring the following personal documents:

  • Training certificate or final exam diploma confirming officially recognised training
  • Proof of sufficient German language skills (Level B1)
  • Detailed curriculum providing information on training duration and subjects (including hours taught for each subject, listed separately for theoretical and practical training)
  • Proof of professional experience acquired in social care
  • If the applicant’s current name differs from the name shown on the diploma or certificate: wedding certificate or other official documents proving the change of name
  • German translations of all documents by a legally certified translator (court interpreter) from Austria, an EU member state or an EEA member country (Not required if documents are in English)
  • Curriculum vitae in German
  • Passport
  • Police clearance certificate (issued within the last three months) (German)
  • Medical certificate (issued by a general practitioner within the last three months) confirming the applicant fulfils the health requirements for exercising the profession

If you have no proof of sufficient German language skills (Level B1), a personal conversation to review the knowledge of German is required.

Legalisation (authentication) of documents
If there is no bilateral agreement or international treaty between Austria and the country you were trained in, documents must be legalised (authenticated) before being submitted for the purpose of recognition of foreign qualifications.

The documents’ authenticity must be confirmed by the state they were issued in and by the responsible Austrian representative authority (embassy, consulate).

Most countries outside Europe do not stipulate legalisation (authentication) of documents. Moreover, Austria has bilateral agreements with many non-European countries. If you are unsure whether you need to have your documents legalised, please contact an Austrian representative authority.

Type and format of the evidence to be submitted:
You can find more information about bringing in documents at: Contact the City of Vienna (German)


You will receive a payment slip for the administrative fees (about EUR 200 to 250) with the administrative decision.

For any questions regarding payment, please contact the competent accounting department (Buchhaltungsabteilung 40) (German) of Municipal Department 6.


Online application: Recognition and admission of professional training in social care completed abroad – application (German)

Further information

The following social care professions exist in Austria:

  • Social care professions with home nursing qualifications (Pflegehilfekompetenz):
    • qualified social workers (Fach-SozialbetreuerIn) specialising in
      • working with elderly people (Fach-SozialbetreuerIn A)
      • working with people with disabilities (Fach-SozialbetreuerIn BA)
    • Certified social workers (Diplom-SozialbetreuerIn) specialising in
      • working with the elderly (Diplom-SozialbetreuerIn A)
      • working with people with disabilities (Diplom-SozialbetreuerIn BA)
      • working with families (Diplom-SozialbetreuerIn F)
  • Social care professions without home nursing qualifications:
    • Qualified social workers specialising in
      • accompanying people with disabilities (Fach-SozialbetreuerIn BB)
    • Certified social workers specialising in
      • accompanying people with disabilities (Diplom-SozialbetreuerIn BB)
  • Home care assistant (Heimhilfe)

Means of redress or appeal

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a 4 weeks term with the authority that issued the ruling of first instance (against rulings without investigation procedure within a two weeks term). The term starts with the receipt of the written copy of the ruling, in the case of oral pronouncement simultaneously with it.

The appeal shall indicate the ruling it contests, the authority that issued the ruling and contain a motion of appeal with the reasons. No more appeal is admissible if the party expressly waived the right of appeal after receipt or pronouncement of the ruling.

Each ruling contains instructions on the right to appeal and indicates the authority and the deadline for submission of such appeal.

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Last update

12. Dezember 2020

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