In Denmark, guidance practitioners have many different professional backgrounds. The majority are teachers; others are social workers or have experience from the social, the educational and/or the labour market sector. With the 2007 amendments of the Act on guidance, it is now a requirement that guidance practitioners in the education system complete the diploma programme in educational and vocational guidance. This programme is offered by six university colleges. Alternatively, guidance practitioners with extensive experience in the field can apply for assessment and recognition of their competencies and prior learning.
The Danish University of Education offers a master programme in guidance and counselling. Both the diploma and the master programme are further training programmes that are offered within the framework of the Danish adult education and training system. I.e., they are aimed at and adapted to adults who already have another higher education degree and who have at least two years of relevant work experience.