Working as a Physical Education Teacher
To work as a physical education teacher in the Republic of Cyprus, teachers must be registered in the ‘Registered Physical Education Teachers Register’ and obtain a professional licence from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth.
The term ‘physical education teacher’ means a person who offers training in physical education.
The term ‘physical education’ means the science and art of physical exercise and physical education.
Who is Eligible
Any natural person may register in the Registered Physical Education Teachers Register if the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth is satisfied that he or she:
(a) is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or of an EU member state or, at the time of the application, is the spouse of a citizen of an EU member state and has his or her habitual residence in Cyprus;
(b) holds a university degree or diploma or other qualification equivalent to the Bachelor of Science degree of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (TEFAΑ) of Greece.
Where to Apply
The application for registration in the Registered Physical Education Teachers Register may be submitted, on-line, from February 2022, directly to the appropriate authority through the following address https://mitroo-gymnaston.moec.gov.cy/:
Office of Physical Education
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth
Corner of Kimonos and Thoukididou Streets, 1434 Nicosia
Tel.: +357 22800764/5
Fax: +357 22809582
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The electronic application must be accompanied by the following certificates:
(a) a copy of the applicant’s identification card or passport of an EU member state or an Alien Registration Certificate (ARC);
(b) a certified copy of the degree of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (TEFAA) of the School of Physical Education and Sport Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece or of a university degree or diploma or other qualification equivalent to the aforementioned degree, accompanied by a certificate of equivalence and correspondence issued by the Cyprus Council of Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KYSATS);
(c) an original clean criminal record certificate issued by the relevant police bureau within the last two months before the submission date of the application for registration;
(d) original certificate by the Police in accordance with article 22 (6) of the “Prevention and Combating of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Pornography Law, N. 91 (i)/2014” issued within the last two months before the submission date of the application for registration;
(e) two identical and recent passport-size photographs;
(f) the application fee of €17,09 for the issue of a certificate of registration and professional licence. The payment can be done electronically.
Copies of the certificates in other languages should be translated and authenticated (stamped) by a registered sworn translator.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
The application fee for the issue of the certificate of registration and professional licence is €17,09.
The applicant shall be notified of the licensing decision within three months of the date on which the application and its supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The registration certificate is valid for an unlimited period.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action Against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative Court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated for. However, such revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
According to Article 6(1) of the 1995 Law on the Registration of Physical Education Teachers, no one may act as a physical education teacher or promote him or herself as a physical education teacher, unless he or she is a registered physical education teacher by virtue of this Law.
Anyone who infringes the provisions of Article 6(1) shall be guilty of an offence and, if convicted of this, shall be subject to one year’s imprisonment or a fine of €854,30, or both.