EAP’s Next Steps: Mapping the ECP into ECTS to gain EQF-7

The ECP is essentially a “training certificate”, a recognition that a person has been trained to a level recognised by a national and/or modality professional psychotherapy organisations represented within EAP.

All the European academic and professional trainings are now being measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This document proposes a new forward strategy for the EAP to convert the current ECP into the ECTS system.

Since the ECP is a post-graduate professional training, the 4-year psychotherapy training programme would be set at a Master’s degree level – at Level 7 within the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) – EQF-7.

This ‘Next Steps’ – a briefing paper – explains the current situation; the relevant frameworks; other issues; and looks forward to this new status.


Psychotherapists are required to engage in extensive personal psychotherapy during their training which is up to seven years duration. Psychotherapists usually have a first degree followed by a professional, highly specialised, theoretical and clinical training which includes research methodology and continuous professional development. The EAP promotes the recognition of common standards of training throughout Europe, and will ensure their mobility across member states.