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Updated : 02/10/2014

Professional qualifications – Slovenia – Physiotherapists

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

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

Permanent stay

Documents [permanent stay]

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

  • proof of nationality — copy of identification card or passport
  • proof of any change of name
  • copy of your qualification
  • detailed transcript of your study programme from the educational institution you attended, with details of:
      a. admission requirements
      b. total length of programme
      c. theory studied — subjects and lecture hours for each
      d. clinical experience — departments (patient categories) and
          number of weeks in each
  • proof of your professional qualifications and experience
  • 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 work as a physiotherapist
    — have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practising
  • if physiotherapy is NOT a regulated profession in your home country, proof that you have worked as a physiotherapist for at least 2 years in the last 10
    Submit work contracts or attestations from employers stating that you've been working as physiotherapist and for how long.

All documents must be in Slovenian. You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Slovenia or 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.

Responsible authority [permanent stay]

Ministrstvo za zdravje
Ministry of Health
Štefanova ul. 5
1000 Ljubljana

Tel.: +386 (01) 478 6001
Slovenian Ministry of Health

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
  • 2 months to take a decision, once they've received all the necessary documents.

Cost [permanent stay]

€50 — to be paid when submitting documents.

The authority will give you the payment details during the recognition procedure.

Temporary stay

Documents [temporary stay]

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

  • proof of your nationality
  • copy of your qualification
  • detailed transcript of the study programme from the educational institution you attended, containing details of:
      a. admission requirements
      b. total length of programme
      c. theory studied — subjects and lecture hours for each
      d. clinical experience — departments (patient categories) and
          number of weeks in each
  • proof of your professional qualifications and experience
  • proof of insurance cover (or other personal / collective protection) with regard to professional liability
  • 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 work as a physiotherapist
    — have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from practicing
  • if physiotherapy is subject to VAT in your home country, your VAT number
  • if you are in a commercial register or similar: name of the register and your registration number or equivalent
  • name of any professional association or similar with which you are registered
  • your professional title or formal qualification and the EU country in which it was awarded.

All documents must be in Slovenian. You can submit documents in other languages, but each must be accompanied by a certified translation, provided by an officially recognised translator in Slovenia or 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]

Ministrstvo za zdravje
Ministry of Health
Štefanova ul. 5
1000 Ljubljana

Tel.: +386 (01) 478 6001
Slovenian Ministry of Health

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, after receiving all the necessary documents.

Cost [temporary stay]

€50 — to be paid when submitting documents.

The authority will give you the payment details during the recognition procedure.

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