Procedure for applying for Warranting
1: How do I become registered as a psychologist in Malta?
The title of ‘psychologist’ is protected under Maltese law. Only persons who are warranted by the Malta Psychology Profession Board (MPPB) may use the title of psychologist in Malta. If you are seeking a warrant you need to have completed a 1st Degree in Psychology. In the absence of such, the Malta Psychology Profession Board can consider a conversion Master’s degree in Psychology or a recognition of Prior Learning issued by the University of Malta. You then need to obtain at least a Master’s degree in Psychology of 90 or 120 ECTs or a Doctorate. Following completion of the master of doctorate, the psychology practitioner needs to complete three years or 5655 hours of supervised practice in the case of a 90 ECTS master degree or 3770 hours or two years of supervised practice in the case of a 120 ECTS master or 1 year or 1885 hours of supervised practice in the case of a practitioner’s doctoral degree. Please note that in the areas of Clinical, Educational and Counselling only Masters with 120 ECTS or Doctoral degrees are acceptable in the process for warranting.
Please note thatit is necessary to practice in the area of psychology in which you have obtained your qualification and hope to be warranted. This practice is to be carried out under the supervision of a psychologist who is registered with Malta Psychology Profession Board (MPPB) (unless supervision was obtained by a psychologist registered abroad). Applicants must show that they have carried out 135 hours of supervision if they completed a 90 ECTS Master’s course, 90 hours of supervision of they completed a 120 ECTS Master’s Course and 45 hours of supervision if they completed a practitioner’s doctorate. At least 50% of supervision must be from a supervisor warranted in the same area of specialisation in which one is hoping to be warranted
Following this, should all other criteria betisfied, a warrant will be issued.
For further guidance on how to apply for a warrant in Malta you are advised to regularly visit the Malta Psychology Profession Board website (https://www.mppb.gov.mt) where all information is provided in the documents available online.
2: How do I go about selecting a course that will make me eligible for warranting as a psychologist in Malta?
When selecting a course, you need to ensure that the degree you are selecting states clearly on the prospectus that the qualification would prepare you to practice as a psychologist in the country where the training is being obtained. Regardless of this however, you are to ensure that the selected course is equivalent to the Master’s courses in psychology on offer at the University of Malta. This is also in line with the Malta Psychology Act (Cap. 471.).
3: How would I know if the Master’s courses on offer abroad are equivalent to those on offer in Malta?
In order to assess equivalence, you will need to look at the course programme of the foreign universities and compare this to the programme of courses offered in psychology at the University of Malta. Equivalence is to be understood in terms of number of ECTS credits (90 ECTS – 120 ECTS as per the Bologna process), theoretical input and research component, as well as required supervised placement (ca 500 hrs of practice together with 80 hrs of supervision, half of which can be group supervision).
4: I am considering applying for a Master’s programme offered by a University in the UK that is only one year long (90 ECTS) and that prepares me for Stage 1 training in an area of psychology. Would this, together with relevant supervised work experience post qualification, make me eligible for warranting as a psychologist in Malta?
When Studying in the UK and the course you are interested in is considered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as leading to Stage 1 training, you need to carry out an additional year of full time (1885 hours) supervised practice (or its equivalent in part time), over and above the required two years of full time (or its equivalent in part time) supervised practice that is needed prior to being considered for warranting, as is required by law. This will make up for the missing Stage 2 training.
In addition you have to complete an additional 45 hours of supervision, half of which need to be carried out with a warranted Psychologist in your area of specialization. This is clearly outlined in Question 1.
5: Are there any specific guidelines that I need to follow during this initial one year of supervised practice (compensating for Stage 2 training)?
During this initial one year of supervised practice post qualification, you will be required to keep a logbook of sessions held with clients, as well as an account of what was carried out during supervision and the learning that took place. In order to facilitate this process, the Malta Psychology Profession Board has prepared a logbook, for you and your supervisor to follow . This format will still be recognized by the Malta Psychology Profession Board till end 2022.
Please note that the Malta Psychology Profession Board (MPPB) has prepared new logbooks and these will become the only recognised log books as from January 2023. The areas are as follows: Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Organisational Psychology and Sports Psychology. This logbook must be submitted together with all the required documents when you submit your application for warranting. Please note that whoever is to start work towards warranting should now do so using the new format straightaway.
6: I am a psychologist established in another EU country and would like to come and work as a psychologist in Malta. What do I need to do in order to practice in Malta?
In the case of being established as a psychologist in another EU Member State, the regulations transposing Directive 2005/36/EC apply (vide S.L. 451.03, Laws of Malta).
7: If I have received recognition as a psychologist from another country, do I still need to apply for warranting in Malta?
Recognition as a psychologist form another country, even if that country is an EU country, does not automatically mean that one is warranted in Malta. You would still need to go through the process of applying for a warrant with the Malta Psychology Profession Board (MPPB) in order to be able to practice as a psychologist in Malta.
8: If a course is rated by Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) as level 7, does that automatically imply equivalence?
Identifying the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) level rating by itself is not sufficient to establish equivalence and subsequent eligibility for warranting.
9: If I complete a three year professional / practitioner Doctorate degree in an area in psychology abroad that includes supervised practice, rather than the two year Master’s degree offered by the University of Malta, am I still obliged to do the full two years of supervised practice post qualification in order to obtain a warrant to practice in Malta?
The Board will take into account the additional year of training carried out during your professional / practitioner Doctorate degree by decreasing the number of hours of post qualification supervised practice by half. This applies to all professional / practitioner Doctorate degrees (i.e. not PhDs). This is also explained in Question 1.
10: If I were to continue my studies at the University of Malta, could you let me know when the next call for openings in Master’s Degree in Psychology (M.Psy) will be?
The Board advises you to address such queries directly with the University of Malta.
11: I am interested in following a postgraduate course in psychology abroad. Would you kindly give me a list of courses that would be accepted by the Board for the purpose of warranting in Malta?
Please refer to questions above for eligibility of courses.
Updated – June 2022