Teachers at VET Schools and Colleges – Recognition
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In the course of the procedure for recognition of professional qualifications the applicant's formal qualifications obtained in the EU/in the EEA/in Switzerland are examined to determine whether they fulfill essentially the legal requirements in Austria for teaching at secondary technical and vocational schools and colleges for higher vocational education (VET schools and colleges).
Completion of a teacher training and where appropriate, the professional training that is required in addition to the post-secondary course
There are no specific time limits.
Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, in case of "höhere land- und forstwirtschaftliche Lehranstalten" or the "Forstfachschule" the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
- Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
- Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and TourismStubenring 1
The application to practise the regulated profession must be submitted either to the point of single contact or the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. However, in the case of "höhere land- und forstwirtschaftliche Lehranstalten" or the "Forstfachschule" the application must be submitted to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism. An application in connection with an application for advertised jobs can – with the exception of cases where the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism is responsible – also be submitted online via the links of the Landesschulräte (Province school boards) in the section "Form".
The Ministry of Education, Science and Research/the Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism examines the application and makes a decision within four months after the date on which the applicant's complete file was submitted. The applicant can file an appeal against this decision to the federal administrative court within four weeks after the official service of the decision.
The proceedings determine if the formal qualifications of the applicant fulfill the legal requirements to pursue the relevant teaching profession. Furthermore it is determined whether or not the applicant is allowed to gain access to and pursue that profession in the state where the professional qualifications were issued. If the training of the applicant and the training required by Austria are substantially different the applicant can be subject to complete an adaptation period or to take an aptitude test. In so doing the applicant's professional experience or the knowledge, skills and competences acquired through lifelong learning are taken into account.
In case the professional qualifications were issued by a third country (neither EU-country nor EEA member country nor Switzerland), the applicants must usually submit their requests for the recognition to a university.
- Birth certificate and certificate of nationality or passport
In the case of change of name: marriage certificate or other documents which are proof of the change of the name
Additionally in case of third-country nationals: Residence permit and proof of unlimited access to the labor market (the latter applies to Croatian citizens too)
Attestation confirming the absence of temporary or final suspensions from exercising the profession or of criminal convictions
Diploma issued within the EU or EEA or Switzerland as well as certificates that show that any required additional professional training has been successfully completed
Documents providing additional information about the training concerning the total duration of the studies, subjects studied and the balance between the theoretical and the practical part
Professional qualifications issued by a third country (neither EU nor EEA country nor Switzerland) together with a certificate of professional experience proving three years' of professional experience issued by the competent authority of the member state which recognized the third country qualification
Proof of professional experience which clearly identifies the professional activity exercised by the applicant
No additional information is available.
- section 204 of the Beamten-Dienstrechtsgesetz 1979
- sections 38, 90d of the Vertragsbedienstetengesetz 1948
No expert information is available.
For secondary technical and vocational schools and colleges for higher vocational education with the exception of the "höhere land- und forstwirtschaftliche Lehranstalten" and the "Forstfachschule":
- Burgenland – online application
- Kärnten – online application
- Niederösterreich – online application
- Oberösterreich – online application
- Salzburg – online application
- Steiermark – online application
- Tirol – online application
- Vorarlberg – online application
- Wien – online application
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