Note regarding the Qualifications Certificate
As everyone is aware, just a relatively short time ago no official body existed to regulate the profession of Psychology in Portugal. Therefore, the Ordem dos Psicólogos (OP) was established as the institution to which the State delegates competencies to that effect through the publication of Law 57/2008, of the 4th September.
In this context, the Ordem dos Psicólogos has stated that all professionals wishing to register with the Order must submit their original Qualifications Certificate.
After the certificate has been examined by the Admissions Committee and the Foundation Committee of the OPP and its authenticity confirmed, the original shall be returned, immediately after its examination by the competent bodies, regardless of the final decision. Prior to its return, the OP shall take a copy of the Qualifications Certificate and certify it, after which such copy shall be filed in each registered psychologist's individual file.
This measure by the OPP aims to speed up the registration process for Psychology professionals and avoid even more expenses being incurred by them by having to request the issue of original documents, which would also lead to a work overload in the administrative systems of Higher Education Institutions (with training in Psychology), as well as to promote more efficiency in the OPP in the processing and treatment of details on all registrations and applications.
This new procedure provides the OPP with the guarantee that all original Qualifications Certificates are examined and verified, which thus reduces the risk of registering psychologists who have failed to unequivocally provide evidence of possessing the required qualifications.
The goal is for Psychologists, Institutions with training in Psychology and the Ordem dos Psicólogos to work more efficiently, safely and quickly throughout the whole process.
The Foundation Committee for the Ordem dos Psicólogos