Regulatory Responsibility: Although a national exam is required, the state board, or council grants Psychologist licenses. Nine states require licensees to have a separate designation as a "health-service provider" if their practice includes the provision of health-care services - including mental health care.
Accreditation: The APA Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) is recognized as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. For information on APA-Accredited programs for psychologists see http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx » . After completing a doctoral program at an accredited program, several states require aspiring psychologists to have had an APA-accredited internship » to be licensed, and many others require them to show that they completed the equivalent of an APA-accredited internship. Students should pay attention to state differences in required supervision hours for the predoctoral and postdoctoral internship as well as requirements concerning jurisprudence exams, graduate courses and when to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
Exam: In order to sit for the EPPP, the candidate must first apply to the licensing authority in the state. The licensing authority reviews the credentials of the applicant and determines if s/he meets the requirements to take the exam. For exam information see http://www.asppb.net/?page=Signup. »
Steps to Licensure:
- Complete an accredited program
- Complete internship
- Take and pass EPPP exam through state board approval
- Apply for state licensure