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Working abroad – Physiotherapists – Finland

Updated : 10/03/2014

Professional qualifications

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

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

Documents [permanent stay]

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

  • completed and signed application form
  • certified photocopy of passport or extract from the population register
  • CV, listing education and work experience chronologically
  • copy of diploma, certificate or other evidence of a formal qualification
  • detailed transcript of study programme from the educational institution you attended, containing details of:
    • admission requirements
    • total length of programme
    • subjects studied and lecture hours for each
    • clinical experience – departments (patient categories) and number of weeks in each.
    • If you attended more than one higher education establishment, you must submit a diploma (or confirmation thereof) plus transcript for all of them

  • certificate – less than 3 months old – of current professional status/good standing, from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence, confirming that you:
    • are legally entitled to practice as a physiotherapist
    • have not been suspended, disqualified or otherwise prohibited from practicing.
  • if the profession is not regulated in your home-country, a certificate, issued by the relevant authority in the country where you obtained your qualifications, confirming that they comply with article 3, par. 1(e) of Directive EC/2005/36 (for qualifications obtained in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and that you are therefore able to practise as physiotherapist in your home country.
  • if neither the profession of physiotherapist nor the respective education is regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years out of the last 10 – submit copies of social security documents, working contracts or attestations from employers stating that you've been working as physiotherapist and for how long.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or in Finland.

All documents must be translated into Finnish or Swedish. Translations must be certified, and provided by an officially recognised translator in Finland 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.

You must send your application by post. We recommend you use registered post, to avoid any lost documents.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

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]

€400

If your qualifications are not recognised, this amount will NOT be refunded

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Documents [temporary stay]

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

  • completed and signed application form
  • certified photocopy of passport or extract from the population register
  • CV, listing education and work experience chronologically
  • copy of diploma, certificate or other evidence of a formal qualification
  • detailed transcript of study programme from the educational institution you attended, containing details of:
    • admission requirements
    • total length of programme
    • subjects studied and lecture hours for each
    • clinical experience – departments (patient categories) and number of weeks in each.
    • If you attended more than one higher education establishment, you must submit a diploma (or confirmation thereof) plus transcript for all of them

  • certificate – less than 3 months old – of current professional status/good standing, from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence, confirming that you:
    • are legally entitled to practice as a physiotherapist
    • have not been suspended, disqualified or otherwise prohibited from practicing.
  • if the profession is not regulated in your home-country, a certificate, issued by the relevant authority in the country where you obtained your qualifications, confirming that they comply with article 3, par. 1(e) of Directive EC/2005/36 (for qualifications obtained in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and that you are therefore able to practise as physiotherapist in your home country.
  • if neither the profession of physiotherapist nor the respective education is regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years out of the last 10 – submit copies of social security documents, working contracts or attestations from employers stating that you've been working as physiotherapist and for how long.

If the documents you submit are copies, they must be certified – by the relevant authorities in your home country or in Finland.

All documents must be translated into Finnish or Swedish. Translations must be certified, and provided by an officially recognised translator in Finland 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.

You must send your application by post. We recommend you use registered post, to avoid any lost documents.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

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
  • 4 months to take a decision – from the time they have a complete application in their possession.

Cost [temporary stay]

€400

If your qualifications are not recognised, this amount will NOT be refunded

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