National Requirements Poland


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  • Psychology Education

There are two main options for students wishing to pursue training in psychology in Poland; a ‘long cycle’ (a five year long study including masters), and a split cycle (a three-years' bachelor's degree followed by a separate two-years' masters degree). Postgraduate education and additional qualifications are required in some specialities. In each case (5 or 3+2), one is required to gather minimum 300 ECTS and present a thesis in order to be awarded with a masters degree.

  • Programmes that meet EuroPsy requirements:

Currently, 43 higher education institutions offer a full education in psychology:

  39 institutions offer a 5-year programme (MA)
  4 institutions offer a 3 + 2-year programme (BA+MA)

  • Supervised Practice arrangements (for the EuroPsy certificate)

There are currently no formal regulations concerning mandatory traineeship under supervision. However, the Polish Psychological Association (PPA) are currently preparing the Psychological Practice Act, which requires that psychologists have one year supervised traineeship in order to obtain a licence for independent psychological practice.

  • Training of supervisors

There are currently no requirements for supervisors to engage in supervision training. However, the PPA has proposed a supervisor training system in coordination with the development of the Psychological Practice Act. This training system outlines a number of conditions necessary to qualify as a supervisor;
   The supervisor shall have at least 5 years of documented psychological experience in the given field, while actively developing one's psychological competence,
   The supervisor shall be a holder of at least the basic EuroPsy Certificate,
   The supervisor shall take an e-learning course relating to the following issues: (1) Contract-making and discussion on the traineeship curriculum, (2) feedback giving and conducting meetings, (3) understanding the competences and assessing them. The course shall end with a successfully passed exam.
   The supervisor shall also take an 8-hours workshop on psychologist’s professional ethics, organised by PPA.

  • Recognition of title

The title Psychologist is legally recognised and protected.  

  • Licence to practice

The right to work as psychologist belongs to those who have been awarded with an MA in psychology, completed a 1-year professional traineeship and are included in the record kept by the Regional Psychological Chamber

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)