What courses can I do after physiotherapy

Training points for physiotherapists

The job of physiotherapist requires a wide range of skills. Solution-oriented action, a high level of social competence, the willingness to deal with new research and treatment concepts are just a few of them.

After successfully completing professional training, the therapist is expected to be willing to learn other treatment methods. Advanced training is often used as a recruitment criterion: manual lymphatic drainage (usually a basic requirement for employment), manual therapy or advanced training in the neurophysiological field are among the frequently expected advanced training courses.

For whom is the training obligation

Professional managers and independent physiotherapists are legally obliged to undergo regular further training. 60 training points must be completed over a period of four years. One advanced training point corresponds to a teaching unit of 45 minutes.

For salaried physiotherapists, however, there is no legal obligation to continue training.

Regular attendance at further training ensures the quality of the treatment and guarantees that the therapist is entitled to perform. As the number of advanced training courses increases, not only does the professional expertise of the therapist increase, but income opportunities also increase at the same time. Even if there is an obligation to continue training only for approved and professional managers, the employed physiotherapist should have the right to constantly improve and expand his or her competence in terms of himself and his performance. This can be guaranteed above all by attending further training courses.

In order to be allowed to work according to the Therapeutic Products Ordinance, the therapist must have completed advanced training in the respective area. Only then is the treatment and billing of the therapy possible. For example, if the attending physician has prescribed 'Manual Therapy' on the prescription, only the therapist who has successfully completed the 'Manual Therapy' training may treat the patient. This ensures the quality of treatment and ensures that patients are properly cared for.

How many training points do I get for the training?

One advanced training point is awarded for each teaching unit (UE = 45min). The number of teaching units is listed in the overview of the respective training and is also noted on the certificate of completion.

Please note that the sole decision-making authority over the recognition of the advanced training points lies with the associations of the health insurance companies. Therefore, any guarantee by the Academy for Sport and Health is excluded for the definitive recognition of the advanced training points. So far, however, we are not aware of any case in which recognition has been denied.

Pilates trainer training = 32 training points

Yoga trainer training = 32 training points

Aquafitness trainer training = 16 training points

Nordic walking trainer training = 16 training points

Spinal gymnastics trainer training = 16 training points

Progressive muscle relaxation training = 32 training points

Autogenic training Training = 32 training points

Kinesiological taping training = 16 training points

Nutritionist training = 32 advanced training points

Basic criteria for the recognition of advanced training points

The training must correspond to the respective therapeutic area. The successfully completed training is counted towards the actual number of teaching units. Subject-related courses are credited, but with a maximum of 45 advanced training points over a period of four years.

Financing and promoting further training measures

As already mentioned at the beginning, therapies may only be carried out and billed if the therapist has specialist expertise in the therapeutic area. For this reason, technical managers have a high interest in the training of their therapeutic employees. For this reason, many employers finance further training for their employees. Often this is accompanied by a contractual addition that the physiotherapist will work in the company for at least a certain period of time after completing the training. Talk to your supervisor about this to find out to what extent he or she will support you in your training plan.

Another option is government funding, such as the education bonus and the education voucher. You can find out more about this at www.bildungspraemie.info and on the website of the Federal Employment Agency. We have also listed other country-specific funding programs on our "Funding" website.

In order to plan your training, it is important to know that almost every professional has a legal right to training time. This legal entitlement is particularly interesting for physiotherapists, as training days are not counted as working days, as in all other professional groups, but instead have to be drawn in the wrong way by vacation entitlement or reworked. The scope and entitlement of the educational leave varies depending on the federal state. You can read your entitlement and further information at www.iwwb.de/weiterbildung.html.


Federal Ministry of Education and Research. http://www.bildungspraemie.info/. Accessed: November 25, 2016.

IWWB. Educational leave in Germany. http://www.iwwb.de/weiterbildung.html?seite=26. Accessed: November 25, 2016

ZVK (2006). Training in the field of remedies. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy and voice, speech and speech therapy. PDF document. Accessed: November 25, 2016.