Stichting Chiropractie Nederland

Stichting Chiropractie Nederland

Anyone interested in working in The Netherlands as a chiropractor should contact the Chiropractic Registration Board for the Netherlands (CRBN). The following Registration Guidelines for Chiropractors in The Netherlands should give an idea of how our system of registration works.

In order to work in The Netherlands as a chiropractor recognised by the Registration Board (SCN), applicants must fulfil certain requirements, including having graduated from an accredited college, speaking the Dutch language, following our Graduate Education Programme if one has less than two years professional experience, and passing our entrance exam.

One must show proof of graduation from a college accredited by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE), and before starting work, one must speak the Dutch language at the accepted level, according to the Common European Framework, level B1 for “speaking", "listening" and ”reading", and A2 for “writing”. On completion of the course, a certificate is issued, which can be used as verification of the achieved level.

If the applicant has less than two years of professional experience, he must enter our European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) recognised Graduate Education Programme. This programme of a year’s duration has been developed to allow the new graduate to polish and extend the skills learned at college, under supervision of a qualified and experienced practitioner. Outside of the direct chiropractic skills, one is exposed to practice procedures in the clinic, whilst the rest of the GEP is concerned with an orientation to the Dutch medical system, other medical professions, laws in this area, communicating with patients and other practitioners, etc.

For those who have more than two years experience, they can start work immediately after completing the language requirements. The GEP can certainly be useful for this group as well, and is encouraged.

On completion of the GEP, the GEP exam may be taken. This exam is also for those who are not required to do the GEP, and is given at least twice a year.

On completion of this exam, one is accepted as a recognised chiropractor, and is listed in the register of the SCN.

For the yearly registration, one must also partake in a minimum number of hours of postgraduate education (continuing professional development).