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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Austria – Physiotherapists

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Only if you want to work abroad, not for study purposes.

If you obtained your professional qualifications outside the European Union, you must check with the relevant authority whether you can apply to have them recognised.

Permanent stay

Documents you must provide [permanent stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Austria on a permanent basis you will have to submit the following documents:

  • application to practise physiotherapy, signed by you
    You may use the standard application form Deutsch (de) or an accompanying letter
  • your curriculum vitae
  • diploma, qualification certificate, exam certificate or other proof of successful completion of physiotherapy training
  • detailed curriculum of studies / training programme
  • certificates for any relevant further training (e.g. specialist training)
  • proof of professional experience
  • proof of nationality (passport, identity card)
  • evidence of good repute: criminal record check or extract from "judicial record" from your home country (no more than 3 months old)
  • medical certificate demonstrating fitness to practise physiotherapy (no more than 3 months old)
    Certificates delivered by doctors from any EU country -or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland- are accepted
  • proof of German - language skills
  • marriage certificate - only required if you changed your name when you got married
  • registration of residence in Austria or appointment of an official representative there.

All documents – except your identity card/passport – must be in German . You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Austria -or in any other EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You may be able to find an officially recognised translator by contacting- the relevant national translation body.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by a court or public notary.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit
Federal Ministry of Health

Radetzkystraße 2
1030 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 711 00 4640
Website

Additional information [98 KB] (in German)

When can you expect an answer? [permanent stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month – from the time they receive your application – to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 4 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [permanent stay]

€350 (approximately)

The authority will inform you about the payment details during the recognition procedure.

Temporary stay

Documents you must provide [temporary stay]

If you wish to work as a physiotherapist in Austria on a temporary basis, you must submit the following documents:

  • proof of nationality (passport, identity card)
  • evidence of good repute: criminal record check or extract from "judicial record" from your home country (no more than 3 months old)
  • certificate(s) from the relevant authority in your home country or the country where you have been living, showing that you are a legally practising physiotherapist and that you are not barred from practising, permanently or temporarily
  • proof of qualification (certificate, exam certificate or other proof of successful completion of physiotherapy training).

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Provincial governments.

When can you expect an answer? [temporary stay]

Once you have sent your documents, the authorities have:

  • 1 month – from the time they receive your application – to acknowledge receipt and ask you for any other documents they require
  • 2 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [temporary stay]

€40 (approximately)

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