One of the aims of the EFSHT is to establish common pathways of care for hand rehabilitation. It is hoped that the establishment of the European Certified Hand Therapist (ECHT) qualification will enhance this aim, by encouraging experienced therapists to continue post-graduate education and professional development in this specialised field.
The ECHT qualification was developed to recognize therapists who, in addition to achieving their own National certification, have shown an advanced level of competence and have made a significant personal contribution to the field of Hand Therapy in general.
The documents below detail the qualifications needed and process to follow to achieve the ECHT. Please always check that you have the latest version of the documents when you apply.

Quick Scan: Go to Checklist ECHT

How to become a European Certified Hand Therapist: ECHT FLYER.jpg
Detailed information: 2021 ECHT promotion pre-recorded live.pdf

Overview of European Certified Hand Therapists

Overview: ECHT register December 2022.pdf UPDATE!
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Hand Certification in Europe - an overview (update January 2019)

Within the EFSHT many national hand therapy societies have developed their own national certification programmes aimed at recognising competence and experience in this specific practice area. In this document you can find the different certification processes arranged alphabetically by country.

2020 EFSHT Hand Therapy Certification overview 012020 (6) k.pdf

The European Certified Hand Therapist is a higher certification process that builds on national qualifications. It aims to recognise highly qualified hand therapy specialists across Europe.

ECHT Coordinator

name: Teresse Algen
occupation: occupational therapist / certified hand therapist (Norway)
nationality: Norwegian
contact by mail:


Everything about ECHT
or go for your application, see for the application form below!

Application form

Initial Application for the European Certified Hand Therapist Credential
Name of Applicant
Family name
First name
Date of Birth (Day/Month/Year)
Professional information
 Occupational Therapist (OT)
 Physical Therapist (PT)
Please indicate the date you graduated as OT/PT
Number of years of experience as OT/PT
Please list the Hand Therapy Society of which you are a member, and that has certified you as Hand Therapist
Please list your society membership number (if your society does not issue membership numbers please write no number)
Please indicate the date you were certified as a Hand Therapist in your country
Number of years of Hand Therapy experience
Please list the number of hours of experience you can document in Hand Therapy
Contact information
Home address
Postal Code
Workplace address (if you have more than one current place of employment, please add a line and include all contact information for your current employment situations, including the institute or department name)
Postal Code
Telephone contact information (please include the country code)
Home phone
Work phone
Cell phone
Fax / Other
E-mail contact information
E-mail address
I (applicant) hereby confirm that I have carefully read the EFSHT ECHT Candidate Handbook and feel that I will be able to meet the criteria and therefore declare my intent to begin this process. I confirm that the information presented in this application is accurate and true.
Date and location
A copy of this information will be emailed to the supplied e-mailaddress