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Licensing a physiotherapist (trained in Finland)

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

In Finland, the profession of physiotherapist is a licensed profession. Practise of the profession is restricted to licensed professionals. On application, Valvira grants licensing to practise the profession for health care professionals trained in Finland and in other countries and, once granted, enters the right to practise the profession in the nationwide register of health care professionals (Terhikki).

Do the following

An application is made to Valvira to practise the profession of a licensed health care professional. The application process varies according to the applicant's nationality and icating the content and extent of the training completed (e.g. a diploma supplement, transcript of records).

Applicants trained in Finland:

Applications are made individually or through the educational institute as a collective application.

The individual applicant completes an application form accompanied by an attested copy of their degree certificate and identification card or passport. An extract from the Population Information System will also be acceptable. An attested copy means a copy verified by a notary public. They work at register offices. Valvira will also accept a copy of a degree certificate certified by a Finnish educational institution. The copy must carry the official stamp of the institution, the signature of a representative of the institution, along with the printed name and the official title of the representative.

For collective applications, the applicant completes the application form and submits it to the educational institution. The educational institution sends the application forms to Valvira. Valvira will send the decision and an invoice to the applicant via the iPosti service to the address listed in the Population Information Register.

Valvira will send the decision and an invoice to the applicant via the iPosti service to the address listed in the Population Information Register.

You can apply for a European Professional Card.

To whom and on what terms

  • Completed physiotherapist's qualification (obtained in Finland or elsewhere)

The following preconditions only apply to persons who are not nationals of an EU/EEA country:

  • Adequate language skills; a certificate to show that the applicant has passed the State Administration Language Examination or the National Language Proficiency Test. The required level for the State Administration Language Examination is the satisfactory level, and for the National Language Proficiency Test, the intermediate level (levels 3 and 4).

An applicant without a Finnish personal identity number at the time of application must inform Valvira as soon as one is granted.

Applicants should check the websites of Valvira and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at www.valvira.fi and www.stm.fi and familiarise themselves with the guides prepared by the Ministry on the preparation and storage of patient records and on safe medication.

If an entrepreneur is established in another country within the European Economic Area and provides services in Finland on a temporary basis, the entrepreneur must clarify with the competent authority whether he or she is subject to licensing, notification or registering.

A fee is charged for the service.

a) Licensing decision made on the basis of a collective application, EUR 40 + postage.

b) Licensing decision made on the basis of an individual application, EUR 100 + postage.


Deadline

After graduation, a person may work for thirty days under student rights, provided that the studies commenced less than ten years ago.

Processing time

5–10 working days from the receipt of the application. Incomplete applications cause delays in the handling process.

Period of validity

The licence is valid until further notice.

Background information

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on Valvira services which are liable to charges

Decree on Health Care Professionals

Decree on Amending the Decree on Health Care Professionals

Basic information

Responsible for the serviceSosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontavirasto Valvira
The service is provided bySosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontavirasto Valvira
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
Updated: 1/28/2019