After you’ve completed your clinical psychology graduate school and practice, you might think it’s about time that you apply for a license to practice as a psychologist. You will still need to go through a lot before you start your career as licensed psychologist and before your dreams are realized.
Getting a license for psychologist isn’t easy. You will need to submit a dissertation, complete your internship and get a post-doctorate degree before you can even think about it.
The best way to avoid any delay when applying for a license for psychologist is to plan things ahead of time. For example, you should study state licensure requirements so that you can understand the difference in required supervision hours for different states. Similarly, knowing when to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) can help speed up the process.
Planning Makes it Easy to Become a Licensed Psychologist
Generally, you will need to obtain a doctoral degree in psychology, pass EPPP exam, accrue required number of supervised hours, and meet additional state requirements to obtain a license to practice as a licensed psychologist.
If students have planned their future study, they can easily meet the specific licensing requirements for their state. They can start meeting certain requirements while they are still in grad school, making it easier to get a license later.
General Licensing Requirements
Here are the general licensing requirements that students should study while they are still at their grad school. Knowing them in time will give you a chance to put your efforts in the right direction and therefore avoid hassle when they apply for a license at the end of their studies.
Majority of states require a doctoral degree in psychology. Further requirements for the degree are as following.
- The degree must be obtained either from a government chartered institute or a regionally accredited institute.
- Few states require applicants to obtain a degree from an APA-accredited program.
Proof of Coursework and Administrative Material
There are various administrative requirements for obtaining a license for psychologists. They may have to provide certain documents during their post-doc and internship.
- Record of clients
- Record of problems treated and supervised
- Record of coursework
Required Tests to Obtain a License
All US states boards are members of ASPPB. This means applicants will need to pass EPPP test as required by ASPPB. Applicants will need to obtain at least 70% score in this test unless their state has different requirements.
Some states have additional test requirements. They can take an oral exam or a written jurisprudence exam.
Requirements Related to Clinical Hours
There are some requirements related to supervised clinical hours that students will require to meet in order to get a license for psychologist.
- 2,000 hours during internship
- 2,000 hours during post-doc
However, these requirements related to supervised clinical hours can vary from state to state. Students should check their respective state rules to figure out the number of hours they need to get a license for psychologist.
State Specific Licensing Requirements
You will need a license from your state’s licensing board in order to practice psychology. Few states don’t require a license if you are planning to work in specific areas but that is an exception. You can find your state’s licensing requirements below: