Psychotherapist; application for licensure

Psychotherapists can apply for an Approbation if they have completed psychotherapeutic training in Bavaria or in an EU member state, an EEA member state or in Switzerland and wish to practice the profession in Bavaria.

Description

Anyone wishing to work as a psychotherapist in Germany requires a special professional license - the license to practice. The training to become a psychotherapist is acquired in the course of a bachelor's and master's degree program at a university and concludes with a state examination, the psychotherapeutic examination.

In Bavaria, the Approbation is granted by the Government of Upper Bavaria if you have completed the psychotherapeutic training at a university in Bavaria.

Prerequisites

Licensure is subject to various requirements relating to successful completion of training as a psychotherapist and personal and health suitability for practicing the profession.

Deadlines

The application for licensure is not bound by any time limit.

Required documents

  • Birth certificate/parentage certificate or extract from the parents' family register

    (certified copy)

  • if the name used differs from that on the birth certificate: proof of a change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)

    (certified copy)

  • valid proof of identity (e.g. passport)

    (certified copy)

  • complete and personally signed curriculum vitae

    (tabular and chronological list of the training courses completed and the relevant gainful activities pursued, stating the periods (month/year) and enclosing the relevant supporting documents)

  • medical certificate (original)

    This must be issued and signed by a general practitioner or internist practicing in Germany or another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in Switzerland and bear a practice or clinic stamp. If the practice or clinic stamp is not available in German, a German translation of the stamp is required.

  • Certificate of good conduct of document type "O

    • If the applicant has already stayed in Germany for more than six months in the past or has had or still has a residence in Germany.
    • In Germany, this must be applied for at the registration office of the place of residence, stating the purpose "Approbation as a psychotherapist". The certificate of good conduct is sent directly to the competent authority by the Federal Office of Justice.

  • Proof of your completed education (certified copy)

    • In the case of training in Bavaria, this is sent directly to the Berufszulassungsstelle by the Landesprüfungsamt.
    • In the case of training in an EU member state, an EEA member state or in Switzerland: proof of training such as diploma or, if applicable, further country-specific proof in accordance with Annex 5 of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications.

  • for training abroad: if applicable, certificate of good standing (certified copy)

    Required from all countries where the health professional activity has already been practiced.

  • for training abroad: proof of required German language skills (certified copy)

    (A certificate from an ALTE-certified language institute at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) must be presented).

Forms

Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Erteilung einer Approbation oder einer Erlaubnis zur vorübergehenden Ausübung eines akademischen Heilberufs
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Ärztliches Attest
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Approbationsantrag gemäß Psychotherapeutengesetz (PsychThG) - Drittstaat - Ausbildung außerhalb dem EWR oder Schweiz
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Approbationsantrag gemäß Psychotherapeutengesetz (PsychThG) - Ausbildung in anderem EWR-Vertragsstaat oder Schweiz
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • A fee of 200 EUR for training in Germany or 250 to 500 EUR for training in another EU member state must be paid for the license to practice medicine.

Legal bases

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Status: 22.07.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege

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