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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Luxembourg – Physiotherapists

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Permanent stay

Documents [permanent stay]

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

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

  • proof of name, date of birth and nationality (e.g. certified copies of the relevant passport pages)
  • proof of any change of name
  • CV, listing education and work experience chronologically
  • certified copy or original of diploma/certificate
  • detailed transcript of study programme from the educational institution you attended, containing details of:
    • admission requirements
    • total length of programme
    • subject matter studied – including lecture hours for each course
    • clinical experience – departments (patient categories) and length of time spent in each
  • certificate – less than 3 months old – of current professional status/certificate of good standing from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence.

    The certificate must confirm that you are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist: that you have not been suspended, disqualified or otherwise prohibited from practising.

  • if the profession of physiotherapist is NOT regulated in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years out of the last 10.

    Submit employment contracts or attestations from employers stating that you have been working as a physiotherapist and for how long.

  • any additional documentation or information that might help the Luxembourgish authorities assess your qualifications

All documents must be in French, German or English. You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Luxembourg 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 the authority that issued the original document, a consulate/embassy or public notary.

You must send your application by post. We recommend you use registered post, to avoid any lost documents. Keep a copy for your records.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Ministère de l'Education nationale et de la Formation professionnelle
Ministry of National Education
29, rue Aldringen
L-1118 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 247 859 10
E-mail: danielle.duhr@men.lu
Luxembourgish National Education Ministry

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

Cost [permanent stay]

Free of charge.

Temporary stay

Documents [temporary stay]

If you have obtained your professional qualification out of the EU, you should check with responsible authority whether you can apply for the recognition of your professional qualifications.

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

  • written declaration, dated and signed, informing the relevant Luxembourgish authority that you intend to work in Luxembourg on a temporary and occasional basis, and clearly stating your occupation.

    The authorities will check your professional qualifications before you can start working. The declaration is valid for 1 year.

  • proof of nationality (for example, a copy of the relevant pages of your passport)
  • proof of any change of name - if relevant
  • certificate – less than 3 months old – of current professional status/certificate of good standing from the relevant health authorities in your most recent country of work and residence.

    The certificate must confirm that you are legally entitled to work as a physiotherapist: that you have not been suspended, disqualified or otherwise prohibited from practicing.

  • proof of professional qualifications: certified copies of your formal qualifications, attestation of competence and/or professional experience, authorisation, etc.
  • detailed transcript of study programme from the educational institution you attended, containing details of:
    • admission requirements
    • total length of programme
    • subject matter studied – including lecture hours for each course
    • clinical experience – departments (patient categories) and length of time spent in each
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years out of the last 10

    Submit employment contracts or attestations from employers stating that you have been working as a physiotherapist and for how long.

All documents must be in French, German or English. You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Luxembourg 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 the authority that issued the original document, a consulate/embassy or public notary.

Responsible authority [temporary stay]

Ministère de l'Education nationale et de la Formation professionnelle
Ministry of National Education
29, rue Aldringen
L-1118 Luxembourg
Tel.: +352 247 859 10
E-mail: danielle.duhr@men.lu
Luxembourgish National Education Ministry

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

Cost [temporary stay]

Free of charge.

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