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Registering the protected occupational title of a disability support worker (trained in Finland)

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

Disability support worker is a protected occupational title in Finland. Professions with protected occupational titles may also be practised by those who possess the required training, experience and professional skills and knowledge. However, they are not entitled to use the protected occupational title. Upon application, Valvira grants the protected occupational title of the profession in question to both those social welfare professionals who obtained their degree in Finland as well as those who obtained it abroad, and registers the granted professional practice rights to the central register for social welfare professionals (Suosikki).

Do the following

Fill in and submit the application by post and attach the following documents in the required form. Visit Valvira’s website for occupation-specific instructions.

Application attachments:

an extract from the Population Information System, or an officially certified copy of your passport or ID card

a copy of degree certificate provided by the educational institution or a copy of degree certificate officially certified by the local register office

Valvira requests that you provide all the documents as officially certified copies in order to speed up the processing of your application. If the attached document is an ordinary photocopy, Valvira is under the obligation to confirm its authenticity by contacting the granting body, which may significantly delay the processing time.

Further information: suosikki@valvira.fi

To whom and on what terms

In order to be granted the protected occupational title, you must have a degree leading to the profession of a disability support worker.

If you do not have a Finnish personal identity code at the time of applying, you must notify Valvira as soon as you receive it.

A fee is charged for the service.


Deadline

Apply for the protected occupational title well in advance before starting to practise the profession in Finland.

Processing time

On average, we aim at processing the applications submitted by applicants trained in Finland within 30 working days from the date of receipt of the application. Should the need arise for further information to be requested in connection with the application, the processing time will usually lengthen.

Period of validity

The protected occupational title is valid for an indefinite term.

Background information

Laki sosiaalihuollon ammattihenkilöistä

Asetus sosiaalihuollon ammattihenkilöistä

Asetus Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontaviraston maksullisista suoritteista

Asetus Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontaviraston maksullisten suoritteiden muuttamisesta

Basic information

The service is provided byNational Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
Responsible for the serviceNational Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
Updated: 7/8/2020