National Requirements Germany



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  • Psychology Education

In Germany the psychologist education follows the format of 3 years BA followed by 2 years MA. Recognition of university education programs as meeting the EuroPsy requirements is undertaken by the NAC.

  • Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements

In Germany, 75 Bachelor's and 96 Master's programmes are EuroPsy compatible. The lists are available in a pull-down menue during the online procedure for applying for the EuroPsy. Other programmes need an evaluation by the NAC.

  • Supervised practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy Certificate)

A national arrangement only exists for the three-year psychotherapist education which includes one year of supervised practice documented in the “Approbation”. In other professional domains supervision is locally organized within the institution the EuroPsy candidate is affiliated to.

  • Arrangements for the training of supervisors

In Germany, in diverse psychological fields, opportunities are available to increase and professionalise one's competencies as a supervisor. However, most courses are not explicitly dedicated to EuroPsy. The NAC has developed a concept for combining existing trainings with issues related to EuroPsy supervision, including different levels depending on prior experience as a supervisor. Currently, the NAC is searching for cooperation partners in organising and offering such combined trainings. Meanwhile, the NAC checks the supervisors’ qualifications case by case.

  • Recognition of title

The professional title “Psychologist” is not legally recognised by law, but protected by a case decision of the Federal Court of Germany (1985). The academic title “Diplom-Psychologe” was exclusively granted through university training and protected by the general German penal code. 

  • License to practice

A license at the level of law only exists for psychotherapists (requiring a three-year post-graduate education). It is not restricted in time but requires evidence of continuing professional development. Such requirements do also exist in other fields of psychological practice.

  • Continuing professional development (CPD)

Requirements for continued professional development exist but differ among fields of psychological practice.