Anaesthesia technical assistant (ATA)

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What are my activities in this job?
Anaesthesia technical assistants are responsible for the preparation, monitoring and follow-up care before, during and after the administration of anaesthesia. They are also an important contact person for patient questions regarding anaesthesia. They are involved in the complete process, from the introduction of anaesthesia to the recovery of the patient in the recovery room. During anaesthesia, they monitor breathing and circulation. ATAs are also responsible for the repair and replacement of anaesthetic supplies and medical equipment.
Where can I work?
The field is diverse and there are jobs in hospitals or medical facilities, e.g. in abdominal surgery, traumatology or orthopaedics, gynaecology/labour/urology, vascular surgery, eye surgery, throat-nose-ear, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, outpatient operations, outpatient/emergency admission, pain therapy, endoscopy, and operating assistants.
What requirements must I meet?
  • Secondary school certificate; first general education school leaving certificate and a completed two-year course of training/education; successful completion of ten years of schooling that extends the first general education school leaving certificate; other general schooling.
  • General medical fitness
How much will the training cost?
Subject to certain costs, such as school fees or admission/examination fees.


More information on training


Information on training & education programmes

Location of the training provider


Type of training/education

Dual training: Academic and practical


3 years


Anaesthesia technical assistant (ATA)


1,600 training/education hours as well as 3,000 practical hours with the training organisation.

Student stipend/allowance

Training allowances are often paid.

State recognition