National Requirements Estonia
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- Psychology Education
The education for psychologists in Estonia is a five year study which follows the format of 3 years BA + 2 years MA.
Recognition of university education programmes as meeting EuroPsy requirements is undertaken under the auspices of the National Awarding Committee (NAC).
- Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements:
Recognised programmes exist at 2 universities in Estonia. These two programmes meet the EuroPsy requirements and are listed below:
|Name of University||City||MA/MSc Degree Programmes|
|University of Tartu||Tartu||Master of Arts in Social Sciences (psychology)|
|Tallinn University||Tallinn||Master of Arts in Social Sciences (psychology)|
- Supervised practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy Certificate)
One year of supervised practice is included in the Estonian professional qualification system and the certification committees review the following documents presented by applicants: an official report from the employer about the placement, an overview of practice and an evaluation from the supervisor(s). Supervised practice is mainly the responsibility of applicants. Beginning psychologists can find an eligible supervisor (a certified psychologist) in the Estonian National Register of Professions, which includes all Clinical and School Psychologists; this is available on the homepage of the Estonian Qualifications Authority (Kutsekoda).
- Arrangements for training of supervisors
There is no formal training at present, although in recent years there have been some seminars/courses dedicated to supervision arranged by the national psychologists association, by Estonian Association for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or by the university.
Most supervisors meet EuroPsy level 5 criteria or above. Level 5: the supervisor satisfies the EuroPsy criteria. After having fulfilled the EuroPsy criteria, the Supervisor has at least 2 years of full-time independent practice (or its equivalent). The 2 years have been achieved within one specific field (e.g. health & clinical, education, work & organization).
- Recognition of title
The use of the title “Psychologist” is not regulated in Estonia. Although the titles “Clinical Psychologist” and “School Psychologist” are legally recognized, they are not protected: holding a professional certificate is not a precondition of working unless legislation has provided the requirement for a professional certificate in order to work in a certain post.
See the National Register at http://kutsekoda.ee/et/kutseregister/kutsetunnistused.
- Licence to practice
No licence is needed to practice psychology in Estonia unless legislation has provided the requirement for a professional certificate in order to work in a certain post.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
There are some requirements for CPD for all psychologists.
Revalidation of the professional certificate is required after 7 years.