Where can someone study to obtain a recognised degree in speech-language therapy?
Studies in speech-language therapy are offered both in Cyprus and abroad. It is extremely important that the programme of study is recognised by the competent academic and professional bodies in the country of study, such as to enable the graduate to exercise the profession after completing his/her studies. In Cyprus, the competent body for the recognition of degrees is the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KYSATS, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.kysats.ac.cy/)
Where can speech-language pathologists find employment after obtaining their degree in speech-language therapy?
Speech-language pathologists in Cyprus may either be employed in the public sector (Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and Culture) or work in public welfare organisations / foundations or in private practice.
What are the legal requirements in order to exercise the profession of speech- language pathologist in Cyprus?
In order to be able to legally exercise the profession of speech-language pathologist in Cyprus, interested persons must fulfill the qualifications for registration with the Cyprus Register of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists, in which case their name is automatically entered into the Register. Speech-language pathologists in private practice also need a valid annual Professional License.
What kind of documents are required for entry in the Register of Speech-Language Pathologists?
Certified copies of degrees, transcripts, certification of qualifications by the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications or a Professional License in the country where the degree/qualifications were obtained or a Professional License in another EU member state.
How long will it take for my application for entry in the Register to be approved?
Your application will be considered and may be approved at the next scheduled meeting of the Cyprus Registration Council of Speech-Language Pathologists, which meets approximately every three months.
Can applicants pay for the Registration Certificate at the time of submitting their application?
No. Payment is made after the application is considered. Once the application is approved, payment can be made and the Registration Certificate may be obtained.
Q. How can I pay for the Registration Certificate?
Once an application is approved by the Cyprus Registration Council of Speech-Language Pathologists, the applicant may pay by bank transfer to the bank account of the Registration Council. Relevant details are provided on the Registration Council’s website.
What is the Registration Certificate and how does it differ from the Professional License?
The Registration Certificate relates to the registration in the Cyprus Register of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists. All speech-language pathologists without exception must be registered, irrespective of whether they exercise the profession in the public or in the private sector. The procedure for the application, registration and issue of the Certificate by the Registration Council is carried out only once. Each registered speech-language pathologist must exercise the profession in accordance with the law and the Code of Ethics (for relevant information see the websites of the Registration Council and the Association of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists).
The Professional License is issued on a yearly basis to persons who have been approved by the Registration Council of Speech-Language Pathologists and have also paid the annual fee for the License. A valid License is a requirement imposed by the Republic of Cyprus for all speech- language pathologists without exception who exercise the profession in private practice, either full or part-time. The License must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the practice, where clients/patients can see it.
If someone pays for the Professional License in November, is it necessary to renew it again in January of the following year?
Yes. Licenses are renewed every January and are valid for that specific calendar year.
What are the advantages of maintaining an annual Professional License?
Under the law, all private speech-language pathologists without exception must hold a valid annual Professional License in order to be able to exercise the profession in the Republic of Cyprus. Private speech-language pathologists who do not have a valid annual Professional License are guilty of an offence as provided in Article 9(4). The updated list with the names of professional speech-language pathologists is posted on the websites of the Cyprus Association of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists and the Cyprus Registration Council of Speech-Language Pathologists. These lists are also communicated to various foundations, such as the Radiomarathon Foundation, which covers speech-language therapy costs when the service is provided by licensed speech-language pathologists.
On what grounds can an application for entry in the Register of Registered Speech-Language Pathologists be rejected?
The Council considers each application on its own merits and if an application is not approved, a written reply is sent to the applicant with details on the relevant grounds. Common reasons for rejection include non certified degrees, incomplete information or degrees from non recognised institutions/programmes of study.
If someone knows of a person who exercises the profession of speech-language pathologist in private practice, without having a Registration Certificate or without a renewed annual Professional License, what should they do/suggest?
They must address a written complaint to the Cyprus Registration Council of Speech-Language Pathologists or the Cyprus Association of Speech-Language Pathologists for further investigation.