National Requirements Germany


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  • Psychology Education

In Germany the psychologist education follows the format of 3 years BA followed by 2 years MA.
Recognition of university education programs as meeting the EuroPsy requirements is undertaken by the NAC.

  • Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements

In Germany, 87 psychology master programmes are offered. However, we refrain from explicitly listing them because whether or not they meet the EuroPsy requirements depends on their combination with the bachelor programs. Therefore, we prefer to evaluate individual applications for EuroPsy on a case by case basis rather than list-based by university.

  • Supervised practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy Certificate)

A national arrangement only exists for the three-year psychotherapist education which includes one year of supervised practice documented in the “Approbation”. In other professional domains supervision is locally organized within the institution the EuroPsy candidate is affiliated to.

  • Arrangements for the training of supervisors

Various arrangements for training of supervisors are in place and at the present time there is no organised training program in Germany. A concept for this training, including different levels depending on prior experience as a supervisor, has been developed. The NAC is searching for cooperation partners to organise this training. At the present time, the NAC checks the supervisors’ qualifications case by case.
Most supervisors (clinical psychology, psychotherapists) meet Level 3 or higher criteria, while supervisors outside these fields meet Level 5 or higher criteria.

  • Recognition of title

The professional title “Psychologist” is not legally recognised by law, but protected by a case decision of the Federal Court of Germany (1985). The academic title “Diplom-Psychologe” was exclusively granted through university training and protected by the general German penal code. 

  • License to practice

Such a license exists only for psychotherapists (requiring a three-year post-graduate education).

  • Continuing professional development (CPD)