Applying For EuroPsy
1. How does one obtain EuroPsy?
Psychologists have to fill an application form (downloadable from the website of the National Awarding Committee or the national psychological association in their country) and submit it with required documents to the National Awarding Committee.
2. How long does EuroPsy remain valid?
Seven years. Before the end of this period the psychologist has to reply for revalidation and an extension.
3. How does EuroPsy promote mobility?
EuroPsy makes cross-border mobility easier by providing a European qualification benchmark and providing information on the qualification of the individual psychologist. It is, in fact, a Professional Card as intended in the European Directive 2005/36/EC.
4. How long is the “grandparenting” (transitional) period?
The so-called “grandparenting period”, during which fully qualified psychologists with considerable work experience can obtain EuroPsy, has a fixed term. It ends on July 31, 2013
5. Can students apply for EuroPsy?
No. The application requires a completed academic study of at least 5 years and at least one year of supervised practice.
6. Does EuroPsy acknowledge the Bachelor degree in psychology?
No. The Bachelor degree in psychology has no separate status in the context of EuroPsy. The Bachelor’s degree is included in the requirement of a completed academic study of at least 5 years.
7. Does EuroPsy require a master’s degree?
Yes. But the master’s degree should be based on a 5 year curriculum. When a degree has been awarded on the basis of a shorter curriculum, additional education has to take place. In countries that have not implemented the Bologna system another 5 year degree is acceptable.
8. Can academics in psychology also obtain EuroPsy?
Yes, they can if they satisfy the requirements but supervised practice must be that of a professional psychologist. This type of practice is seen as different from that of a teacher and/or researcher.
9. Are teachers of psychology also eligible for EuroPsy?
No, unless they also work as professional psychologists and meet the regular EuroPsy requirements.
10. Does one have to live in an EU country to get EuroPsy?
No, the requirement is that the EFPA member association of the country has agreed to implement EuroPsy and that there is a National Awarding Committee.
11. What is the added value of EuroPsy compared to a master’s degree from a European university?
Not all master degrees satisfy the EuroPsy requirements because they may differ in duration and/or content. EuroPsy certifies that a psychologist has completed at least one year of supervised practice in excess of the master degree, and that the holder has promised to practice in accordance with ethical standards.
12. Can psychologists from outside Europe obtain EuroPsy?
Perhaps. EuroPsy was designed for European psychologists who have received their education and professional training in Europe. However, immigrants from other countries may apply for EuroPsy if they can provide evidence that their education and professional training meets the EuroPsy standards.
13. How many psychologists are covered by EuroPsy?
The estimate is that some 200.000 European psychologists might qualify for EuroPsy. A more definitive answer cannot be given yet.
14. Are services by EuroPsy psychologists covered by insurance companies?
Several countries cover the services of psychologists in the health care area. This is based on national health plans and agreements. EuroPsy does not automatically mean that a psychologist is entitled to having his/her services covered.