Working in Austria

Physiotherapists planning to work in Austria have to be registered in the health professional register (Gesundheitsberuferegister).
Coming from abroad you need the recognition or nostrification of the qualification obtained abroad as well as a German language skill certificate level B2. Here you find further information concerning the registration: Gesundheit Österreich GmbH

First step for physiotherapists from abroad planning to work in Austria: They have to be recognized in Austria either by the Federal Ministry for Health (or one of the Universities of Applied Sciences offering Physiotherapy Bachelor programs).
Below you find the contact details of the responsible authorities as well as some information concerning the requirements for the application. For further information please contact the responsible authority directly.

Physiotherapists from EU/EEA/Switzerland
If you would like to work as a Physiotherapist in Austria

  • and you have finished your training as a Physiotherapist
  • and you are principally eligible to live and practice in a country of the European Union

you need to contact the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

The ministry will provide the information you need concerning the recognition as a physiotherapist in Austria. Please find contact details here.
Your Europe provides further information.

NEW: European Professional Card EPC
Physiotherapists from the EU can use this electronic procedure to have the professional qualifications recognized in Austria.
You can use the EPC procedure if

  • you want to practice your profession in another EU country on a temporary and occasional basis (temporary mobility) OR
  • you want to settle in another EU country and practice your profession there permanently (establishment).

To get more information, check needed documents and fees as well as access to the EPC procedure on Your Europe or watch this film.

Physiotherapists from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland
If you would like to work as a physiotherapist in Austria

  • and you have finished your training as a Physiotherapist in a country which is not part of the EU/EEA/Switzerland
  • and you are not yet eligible to practice in a country of the EU

you need to contact one of the Universities of Applied Sciences offering physiotherapy bachelor programs in order to submit your application for nostrification.

Further information in English

Conversion of a foreign university degree (ENIC NARIC AUSTRIA)

20.7.2021