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Registering the protected occupational title of psychotherapist (trained in Finland)

  • Professional qualification
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

In Finland, psychotherapist is a protected occupational title. 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. Valvira will enter professionals entitled to use a protected occupational title into the central register of health care professionals (Terhikki).

Do the following

Fill in and submit the application by post and attach the following:

  1. an extract from the Population Information System, or an officially certified copy of your passport or ID card
  2. a copy of degree certificate provided by the university/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.

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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 psychotherapist.

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.


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

Asetus Sosiaali- ja terveysalan lupa- ja valvontaviraston maksullisista suoritteista

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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: 12/5/2021