National Requirements Czech Republic
Applying for EuroPsy in Czech Republic? Visit website
- Psychology education
Psychology education in the Czech Republic follows the format of the 3 year BA followed by a 2 year MA.
Recognition of university education programmes as meeting EuroPsy requirements is carried out in co-operation with the NAC.
- Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements:
Recognised programmes exist at 3 universities in Czech Republic. All the five programmes meet the EuroPsy requirements and are listed below:
|Name of University||City||MA/MSc programme|
|Charles University Faculty of Arts||Prague||Master’s degree in psychology
|Charles University Faculty of Education||Prague||Master’s degree in psychology
|University of New York in Prague||Prague||Master’s degree in psychology
|Masaryk University Faculty of Arts||Brno||Master’s degree in psychology
|Masaryk University Faculty of Social Studies||Brno||Master’s degree in psychology
|Palacky University Philosophical Faculty||Olomouc||Master’s degree in psychology
- Supervised practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy Certificate)
The system of supervised practice is well-developed in health care, social services, education, and security forces – from the practice under supervision to the training of supervisors. The standard is at least 40 hours of work per year under supervision (including external supervision). The NAC considers each application individually in order to evaluate the year of supervised practice.
- Arrangements for training of supervisors
Training of supervisors is arranged by the NAC, and also by the national psychologist association. There is also the Institute for supervision for the helping professions in the Czech Republic (a member of EASC) which provides training in supervision skills.
- Recognition of title
There are only several types of psychological specialisations, which are legally recognized and protected:
1. The title 'Psychologist' in health care is a legally recognized and protected title for the health sector (former 'Clinical psychologist').
2. The specialisation of traffic and transport psychologists is a regulated profession
(Psychologist carrying out an examination of mental fitness for driving).
3. The psychologists working in the private practice area have legally recognized licenses for the
private practice area (Psychological consulting and diagnostics).
4. The psychologists in the education sector have legally recognized title for psychologists in education and educational-psychological counseling; psychologists at schools.
5. The psychologists in the forensic area have legally recognised title as forensic experts in psychology according to Act No. 254/2019 on Forensic Experts and
Interpreters (since 1. 1. 2021, there are new requirements).
- License to practice
In order to practice in the health sector (clinical psychology, clinical child psychology, psychotherapy) the psychologists need to have a license issued by the Ministry of Health.
Then, there is a license for psychologists who practice in the transport sector (psychology of drivers), which is issued by the Transport Ministry. Lastly, there is a license for
private practice in the applied psychology area (Psychological consulting and diagnostics) issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The national requirements set by various official bodies areas follows:
Continuous professional development ineducational psychology is implemented through accredited courses organised by Ministry of Education. In this context, the National Pedagogical Institute of Czech Republic (npi.cz) offers courses focusing on specific topics (i.e.,these courses are offered for fall 2022). Further more, asystematic framework for further education of pedagogical professionals (DVPP) coordinates the career-longeducational process of educational professionals, more info here. Such career-long education is considered a key pillar of continuous professional development of educational professionals (link here) and includes courses accredited by Ministry of Education and funded by the EU. Clinical psychologists are expected by the Association of clinical psychologists to participate incontinuous professional development, which is certified by a diploma of continuous education. To obtain the diploma, the clinical psychologists need to acquire 40 credits by attending courses, seminars and other activities offered within their specialization. The diploma is valid for 5 years. The list of professional activities accredited by the Association of Clinical Psychologists can be found here. Psychologists in the area of work and organisational psychology are encouraged by the The Czech Work and Organizational Psychologists Association to work continually on their professional development. The association offers a variety of lectures, seminars and conferences to facilitate the continuous professional development of its members (more info here.