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#1 Sunday 23rd of April 2017 20:27

Military Spouse; Moving to Stuttgart, Germany

Hello! I am a practicing OT of 5 years in various settings in SNF, inpatient rehabilitation and most recently home health. I have worked in Tennessee, Missouri, Virginia and Louisiana. My husband received orders for Germany and we will be arriving in June. I have searched multiple sites and have reached out to the director for employment in the Army for jobs but it appears my chances of continuing to practice as an OT are slim to none. I am looking for any leads or guidance from anyone familiar with working as an OT in Germany. I absolutely love what I do and would love to continue practicing if I can for the next three years.

Danke,
  Rachel Frederick

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#2 Tuesday 27th of February 2018 16:08

chantallandry
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Re: Military Spouse; Moving to Stuttgart, Germany

Have you received any more information with regards to working as an OT in Germany?

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#3 Friday 1st of June 2018 12:37

Re: Military Spouse; Moving to Stuttgart, Germany

Hi there,

just some short informations: You have to learn German in order to work in Germany. You also need to make sure that your degree is recognised by the Landesprüfungsamt of the state that you will live in (thats the instituation which makes sure that your degree fulfills the requirements to work as an OT in Germany). After that process is finished successfully you can apply for a German OT certificate (in German "Berufsurkunde") - without this certificate you won't be allowed to work as OT in Germany.

You can find lots of information on OT in Germany (including job offers) on this websites:
www.dve.info
www.ergotherapie.de (including an active forum with OTs all over Germany)

Currently there is a big shortage of OTs in Germany -  so after going through the approval procedure there is a fair chance in finding a job!

Kind regards,
Ina

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