Psychologist

The Danish title “psykolog” (psychologist) is a protected title, which means that only persons who hold the degree Cand.Psych. or an equivalent degree in psychology are entitled to use the title “psykolog” in Denmark.

Therefore, if you want to work as a psychologist in Denmark on a permanent basis using the Danish title “psykolog”, you have to have your foreign professional qualifications as a psychologist recognized by the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice (Psykolognævnet).

A psychologist who has received recognition from the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological of her/his professional qualifications may apply to the Supervisory Board for authorization as a psychologist in Denmark provided that additional conditions for authorization are fulfilled. Authorisation is not mandatory for the practice of psychology in Denmark, but is requested in certain areas of work.

For more information see the section “Authorised psychologist”.

How to apply?

If you want to apply for recognition of your professional qualifications the following documentation should be sent to the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice:

Certified copies of:

  • Diploma(s)/certificate(s), in the original language for completed education in psychology,
  • Transcripts, mark sheets or similar list(s) in the original language of courses passed on the Bachelor/Master's Degree in psychology,
  • Translation into English or Danish of Diploma(s)/certificate(s) for completed education in psychology and of transcript(s), mark sheets or similar list(s) of courses passed on the Bachelor/Master's Degree in psychology, if the documents are not in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German,
  • Documentation for name, birth, nationality and citizenship (copies of relevant pages of passport),
  • Documentation for change of birth name, if any (such as marriage certificate)
  • Documentation that states that the applicant is fully qualified to work as a psychologist in the home country/country of education, and has the right to work as a psychologist in that country,
  • Documentation for work experience within the area of psychology, if any,
  • Any possible documentation for having worked as a psychologist for at least one year within the last ten years in your home country, if the profession as a psychologist is not regulated in your home country.

Further documentation which is not compulsory to start with, but would be useful for the handling of the application and which may be requested later in the process:

  • Description of courses passed as well as curriculum on the Bachelor and Master's Degree in psychology,
  • Translation into English or Danish of the descriptions, if the documents are not in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.

The Supervisory Board may request further information when handling the application.

The Supervisory Board may also have to make an inquiry to the Danish Agency for Further Education regarding the content of the qualifications in question before the board is able to make a final assessment of the qualifications.

We prefer copies of original documents.

Contact information

We also need your contact information so that we are able to contact you during the process if we need further documentation and so that you can receive our evalutation. We recommend that you use the application form that the Board has made available.

Application forms is available on the Boards webpage in both English and Danish:

https://ast.dk/naevn/psykolognaevnet/english/how-to-apply (English version)

https://ast.dk/naevn/psykolognaevnet/udenlandske-kvalifikationer/ansogning-om-anerkendelse-af-udenlandske-kvalifikationer (Danish version)

The application and documentation should be uploaded via our secure online contact form:

Temporary or occasional pursuit

A citizen of a EU/EEA Member State or a country which the EU has made an agreement with concerning the practicing of a regulated profession and who is legally established in a Member State and who is fully qualified to practice as a psychologist in a Member State may work on a temporary and occasional basis as a psychologist in Denmark by using the professional title from the Member State in which the psychologist is established.

A person is legally established in a Member State if the person meets all the conditions for practicing a profession in a Member State and is not - even temporary - prohibited from practicing such services.

Before taking up such temporary and occasional work in Denmark a declaration must be forwarded to the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice.

The declaration is valid for 12 months.

Establishing a business

There are no forms available for the declaration, but it should be in writing and should contain:

  • Name, address, telephone, e-mail
  • Date of birth
  • Documentation for citizenship (such as copies of relevant pages of passport)
  • Documentation for change of birth name, if any (such as marriage certificate)
  • Documentation for recognition of a diploma as a psychologist received in a third country or another EU/EEA Member State, if any
  • Documentation for being legally established in a Member State.

The declaration and documentation should be uploaded via the secure online contact form: https://ast.dk/om-ankestyrelsen/blanketter/kontakt-ankestyrelsen

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.

Fee

No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to recognize specific professional qualifications from abroad will be made as soon as possible and no later than four months after all necessary documents have been received.

In case of rejection

Decisions of the Secretariat of the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice may be brought to the members of the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice. The members of the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice will then decide whether or not they will access the decision of the Secretariat.

The decision of the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice cannot be appealed to another administrative authority in Denmark.

Who to contact for questions?

The Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice
Ankestyrelsen Aalborg
7998 Statsservice
Tel.: +45 33 41 12 00
E-mail: ast@ast.dk

Our secure online contact form: https://ast.dk/om-ankestyrelsen/blanketter/kontakt-ankestyrelsen   

Public registers and databases

The Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice has a list of all authorised psychologists in Denmark. You can find the list here: http://www.psykolognævnet.dk/

The Danish Association of Psychologists: www.dp.dk

Legal basis in Danish law

The act on the rigths, duties etc. of psyhcoloigsts (Lov om psykologer m.v. (psykologloven)), jf. lovbekendtgørelse nr. 52 af 24-01-2018: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=198170

Lov om anerkendelse af visse udenlandske- og erhvervsmæssige kvalifikationer: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=176805#id97f5633f-40f2-4cdd-93f4-0b6e49784742

Bekendtgørelse om EU- og EØS-statsborgeres adgang til udøvelse af virksomhed som psykolog eller autoriseret psykolog samt til anerkendelse af erhvervsmæssige kvalifikationer: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=191326

 

 

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

2005/36/EC Title III, Chapter I (General system for the recognition of evidence of training)

2013/55/EU (amending Directive 2005/36/EC)