Application for licence to practise as a psychologist

  • Profession: Psychologist

The information on this page applies if you are a psychologist who received your training outside Sweden in an EU Member State or in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

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Basic conditions

In Sweden, psychologist is a protected professional title that may be used only by those who hold a licence to practise or is undergoing prescribed practical service. The Swedish training to become a psychologist consists of five years of higher education followed by one year of practical service.

If you have received your training in another EEA Member State* and want to work as a psychologist in Sweden, you need a formal recognition of your professional qualifications. This recognition is based on EC Directive (2005/36/EC).

Psychologist is one of the professions where the licence to practise is issued after an assessment based on the Directive’s general system for the mutual recognition of evidence of formal qualifications. In the assessment, the professional activities and the level, length and content of the training are compared to those in Sweden.

Apply by following points 1 to 6a below. Supplement your application according to point 6b, if your profession is not regulated in your country of training, or if the competent authority does not keep a register of current professional status for your profession.

The issuing of a licence to practice requires evidence that you are of good character or repute and that your permission to pursue your profession has not been revoked as a result of serious professional misconduct or a criminal offence. You can prove this yourself with a “Certificate of Current Professional Status” or a “Certificate of Good Standing”. Such a certificate must be issued by the competent authority, be sent in its original form, and must not be older than three months. It should also show your name and date of birth.

*EEA Member State refers to a European Union Member State and to Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. What is stated here about EEA countries also applies to Switzerland.

Send the following documents to Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare):

1. Completed application form

2. Extract from the Swedish population register

  • The extract must not be older than three months.
  • If you are not registered in Sweden for population purposes, enclose a certified copy of a valid passport instead. The passport does not need to be translated.
  • If you have changed your name, enclose a certified copy of certificate showing the name change.
  • The same certification rules apply as for diplomas, please see below.

3. Certified copy of the diploma

  • Attachments stating the content and length of the training should be enclosed with the diploma.
  • Complete transcript of each course you have taken during your education should be enclosed with the application.
  • The copies of the originals must be certified by an organisation, institution or public authority. Copies certified by individuals are not accepted. Nota Bene: There must be an official stamp showing what institution certified the copies.
  • The documents have to be translated into Swedish or English by an authorized translator. Documents issued in Denmark or Norway do not need to be translated.

4. Certified copy of the evidence of licence to practise/access to the profession (applies to applicants from countries that issue such evidence)

  • The evidence of licence to practise/access to the profession should be issued by the competent authority.
  • You also have to send in a translation of the evidence. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

5. Certified copy of certificate of service (does not apply to applicants from other Nordic countries)

  • You also have to send in a translation of the certificate. The same translation and certification rules apply as for diplomas.

If the psychologist profession is regulated in your country of training:

(Definition of the term regulated profession.)

6a. Certificate showing the level of qualification of your training, in accordance with the current EC Directive (does not apply to applicants from other Nordic countries)

  • The certificate must contain a description of your basic professional training and its level of qualification in accordance with Article 11 of Directive 2005/36/EC.
  • The certificate should also contain your name, date of birth and date of diploma.
  • It must be issued by the competent authority and be sent in its original form.
  • You also have to send in a translation of the certificate. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

If the profession is NOT regulated in your country of training, or if the competent authority does not keep a register of current professional status:

6b. Extract from the criminal register

  • The extract should not be older than three months and be submitted in its original form.
  • You also have to send in a translation of the extract. The same translation rules apply as for diplomas.

Additional information

Applying for a licence to practise is free of charge.

The licence to practise can only be issued after Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare) has received the complete application.

Anyone granted a licence to practise without being registered in Sweden for population purposes should send in their complete personal identity number as soon as they receive one.