Professional recognition of sports and gymnastics teachers outside the national public school system in the private sector

Our tasks

For Baden-Württemberg, we check the professional qualifications acquired abroad for equivalence to the professional training as a sports and gymnastics teacher outside the national public school system in Baden-Württemberg.


If you have obtained a qualification in the field of sport at a college or university abroad and would like to work as a sports and gymnastics teacher in the private sector in Baden-Württemberg, we can recognise your professional qualifications.

Please note that your academic training is thus categorised as a school-based vocational training course to become a sports and gymnastics teacher outside the national public school system.

For a comparative recognition of your university degree, you can contact the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, Graurheindorfer Str. 157, 53117 Bonn oder Postfach 2240, 53012 Bonn (anabin: Anabin - Informationssystem zur Anerkennung ausländischer Bildungsabschlüsse (

The Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst (MWK), Königstr. 46, 70173 Stuttgart (Tel. 0711 279-0 oder is responsible for questions regarding the use of foreign academic titles and comparable state designations.

If you wish to work in the field of sport without having your qualification in the field of sport recognised, please contact the relevant sports club or sports self-administration (sports association) directly.

Any assessment of your professional training in the field of specialist medical professi- ons (e.g. masseur, medical bath attendant, physiotherapist, etc.) can be carried out at the Stuttgart Regional Council in Department 95: Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Referat 95 / Landesprüfungsamt und Anerkennungsstelle für Gesundheitsberufe, Ruppmannstr. 21,70565 Stuttgart.

The assessment of foreign professional qualifications with regard to equivalence with a qualification as a teacher at national public schools in Baden-Württemberg can be checked on written application by the Regierungspräsidium Tübingen, Abteilung 7 Schule und Bildung, Anerkennungsstelle, Postfach 2666, 72016 Tübingen, Tel.: 07071 757-0. Information and documents can be found on the homepage of the Tübingen Regional Council.

The IGEL Programme (Integration of Refugees in Teacher Training) at the University of Education in Weingarten gives refugees who have studied a teaching degree at Ba- chelor's level with one subject (e.g. sport) in their home country the opportunity to fully qualify with a second school subject. Information on this can be found at





Please send us the following documents by post or by e-mail as a PDF attachment:

  1. Fully completed and signed application form. A complete list of school and university education as well as all professional activities is important for processing. Therefore, please complete the form below in full, sign it and return it to us.
    Alternatively, a written CV with detailed information on your educational and professional background and all previous jobs in the field of sport must be submitted.
  2. Copy of the currently valid residence permit/fictional certificate/tolerated stay, copy of foreign passport, or in the case of German citizenship, copy of the cur­rent identity card
  3. If applicable, proof of name changes (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce certifi­cate) as a copy of the original with a copy of the translation
  4. If the exemption from the processing fee of €100 is to be checked due to low family income, current proof of income of all household members, e.g. copies of current payslips, copy of current notification of citizen's allowance, housing benefit, etc. Proof of the number of family members living in the household is also required.
  5. If third parties are to receive Information about the current application or if cor- respondence is to be conducted with third parties, a corresponding power of attorney is required.
  6. Degree certificate/Bachelor's/Master's/Diploma from the college/university as copies of the Originals with copies of the official translations. English and French-Ianguage documents do not require a translation.
  7. Mandatory: Official transcript for the degree certificate/Bachelor's/Master's/Diploma as copies of the Originals with copies of the official translations. English and French-Ianguage documents do not require  translation.
  8. Proof of the type and duration of the relevant practical activities as copies of the Originals with copies of the translations. English and French-Ianguage documents do not require translation.

ln some cases, further documents are required, which we will then request separately.

Important: The submitted documents will not be returned! Therefore, please do not send us any Originals!

Please do not send cash! If fees are due, you will receive the information required for the bank transfer with the notice of recognition.

Note: Processing times of several weeks must be expected in some cases. Please refrain from enquiries about the processing status.

Delivery of the documents
You can send your documents to our postal address at the Stuttgart Regional Coun­cil:
Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Referat 71 - Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
Ruppmannstraße 21
70565 Stuttgart

Digital application via Service-BW
You can submit all the necessary documents to us digitally via the Service-BW website.



A fee of 100 euros will be charged for recognition at the end of the procedure. You will receive a letter with the payment information together with the certificate of recognition. The fee can only be paid by bank transfer, cash payment is not possible.

If you have sent us current proof of income for the purpose of checking the exemption from the fee due to low family income, we will check this against the seizure exemption limits applicable at the time in accordance with the German Code of Civil Procedure.


Currently, the prerequisite for recognition as a sports and gymnastics teacher outside the national pubic school system is at least a

  • three years or 6 Semesters of academic training or study time with proof of
  • 180 ECTS points/credits (if ECTS points/credits are awarded at the relevant educational Institution) at a higher education institution/university abroad recognised in Germany (recognised higher education institutions/universities can be found at

The official academic transcript from your studies gives proof of the following contents:

  • Medicine (e.g. anatomy, physiology, health science, nutrition, etc.),
  • Social science (e.g. sports history, sports sociology, sports psychology, etc.),
  • Pedagogy (e.g. sports methodology, sports didactics, sports pedagogy, etc.),
  • Science (e.g. statistics, research, etc.)
  • Theory (e.g. training theory, movement theory, etc.) and
  • Practice (e.g. classic sports such as swimming, athletics, ball sports, gymnastics and dancing as well as other movement fields / trend sports such as skiing, tennis, acrobatics, etc.).
  • Experience in the application of theoretically acquired knowledge can be proven in the form


  • Certificates from school or club internships or
  • Employment references from the period of professional activity in the sports sector.


If you have any further questions, you can reach us via this contact form, by telephone on 0711 904-17170, or by e-mail at

The postal address is:
Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart
Referat 71 -Zeugnisanerkennungsstelle
Frau Schindler
Ruppmannstraße 21
70565 Stuttgart



Job profile of a sports and gymnastics teacher outside the national public school system:
Freelance sports and gymnastics instructors work primarily in extracurricular sports. They are employed by sports clubs, sports associations, larger companies, municipal facilities, commercial leisure and fitness centres, prevention and rehabilitation facilities, the tourism industry, public schools, private sports providers and the like. Freelance sports and gymnastics instructors can also work as self-employed entrepreneurs in the above-mentioned professional fields.

Recognition as a sports and gymnastics teacher does not normally allow for career-long employment in the national public school service in Baden-Württemberg, although temporary teaching contracts may be possible. However, a claim to employment in the public school service of the state of Baden-Würt­temberg cannot be derived from these individual cases either.

However, when submitted to the employment agency, to training centres in the field of sport (e.g. when training to become a physiotherapist or similar), to sports clubs or associa- tions and sometimes also to public schools, recognition as a sports and gymnastics tea­cher can lead to an appropriate classification and sometimes also to employment.