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HOW TO APPLY FOR LICENSURE AS A PSYCHOLOGIST

(Out-of-State Applicants)

A. Applicants who have never been licensed in another State, Canadian Province, or U.S. Territory

Step 1: Apply for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) examination

APPLICATION AND FEE:

Apply Online through BreEZe

OR

Apply by mail

Online Application Instructions

  • Pay the online application fee

Accepted Credit Cards:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Complete the application and sign with original signature
  • Submit a check for $40 payable to the Board of Psychology
  • Mail completed application and check to:

Board of Psychology
1625 North Market Blvd, Suite N-215
Sacramento, CA 95834


Note: You can only apply online once; supplemental documentation can only be submitted online at the time application is submitted-all future documentation cannot be submitted through BreEZe.

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:

  • Official transcript(s) for the qualifying degree must be sent to the Board of Psychology in one of the following three ways:
    • Mailed directly from the educational institution to the Board
    • Submitted in an envelope that has been sealed and signed by the educational institution from the applicant along with the application
    • Emailed by the educational institution to boplicensing@dca.ca.gov.

Note: Transcript will not be approved if it does not reflect the degree conferred and date awarded.

SUPERVISED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (SPE):

  • Requires 1500 hours of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) earned pre-/post-doctorally
  • Submit original signed Supervision Agreement and Verification of Experience form in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by your primary supervisor.

Note: Hours of SPE accrued prior to the completion of the Supervision Agreement will not be accepted.

EPPP APPROVAL:

  • The Board will contact you via email if you are approved to take the EPPP. If your application is deficient, the Board will request additional information in order to proceed with the review.
  • The Board submits eligibility to the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) on a weekly basis.
  • Once your eligibility has been submitted, ASPPB will email you instructions on how to schedule your examination.
  • Your application will be withdrawn if you do not take the examination within one year upon approval.

Note: If your application has been withdrawn and you had submitted your initial application online, you must re-apply by submitting a mailed application.

EPPP RESULTS:

  • Unofficial scores will be provided to you at the test site.
  • The Board will mail the examination results to your Address of Record (AOR) on file.
  • If you do not pass, your eligibility will remain valid as long as you retake the examination within a year.

Step 2: Apply for the California Psychology Law and Ethics Examination (CPLEE)

Once you pass the EPPP:

REQUEST FORM AND FEE:

  • Complete the CPLEE request form
  • Submit a check for $129 payable to the Board of Psychology
  • Mail completed request form and check to the Board

SUPERVISED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (SPE):

Note: Hours of SPE accrued prior to the completion of the Supervision Agreement will not be accepted.

CPLEE APPROVAL:

  • The Board will contact you via email once you have been approved to take the CPLEE examination. If your application is incomplete, the Board will request additional information from you in order to proceed with the review.
  • Within 48 hours of approval, the examination vendor, Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI), will email you with the instructions on how to schedule your examination.

CPLEE RESULTS:

  • Examination results are provided at the test site after completing the examination.
  • If you do not pass, you must submit the CPLEE request form and $129 fee to the Board to retake the examination.
  • You can only take each version of the examination once. New versions of the examinations are available on the first of January, April, July and October.
  • If you do not pass, your application will be withdrawn if you do not retake the examination within one year from your last examination date.

Note: If your application has been withdrawn, you must re-apply by submitting a paper application.

FINGERPRINTS

If you are being fingerprinted outside of California:

  • Contact the Board to request "hard cards" and instructions to be mailed to you. Please be advised that the DOJ processing time for "hard cards" takes about a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you are being fingerprinted in California:

  • Complete the Request for Live Scan Services form and take it to a Live Scan site to submit fingerprints to Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a criminal history background check.
  • After submitting your fingerprints, send a copy of the Request for Live Scan Services to the Board.

Step 3: Request for Initial Licensure

Once you pass the CPLEE:

FORM AND FEE

  • You will be provided a Request for Initial Licensure form by the examination vendor once you pass the CPLEE.
  • Mail the completed and signed form along with a $400 check payable to the Board of Psychology.

LICENSE ISSUANCE

  • Within two to four weeks of receipt of the form and fee, the Board will email your psychology license number once approved.

Step 4: Additional Licensure Requirements

The following must be completed prior to licensure and can be completed anytime throughout your application process: 

PRE-LICENSURE COURSES

Coursework

Length of Training

Business and Professions Code

California Code of Regulations

Human Sexuality

10 hours

§25

§1382

Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment

15 hours (if you began graduate training on or after September 1, 1985) *Course must be completed at an academic institution

§2914(f)

§1382.3

Child Abuse Assessment

7 hours

§28

§1382.4

Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection, and Intervention Strategies

  • 2 hours (if you began graduate training between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2003
  • 15 hours if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004

§2914(g)

§1382.5

Aging and Long-Term Care

10 hours (if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004)

§2915.5

§1382.6

For more information on the courses above, click on the code sections.


B. Applicants who have been licensed in another state, Canadian province, or U.S. territory for less than 5 years

Step 1: Apply for the California Psychology Law and Ethics Exam (CPLEE)

APPLICATION AND FEE:

Apply Online through BreEZe

OR

Apply by mail

Online Application Instructions

  • Pay the online application fee

Accepted Credit Cards:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Complete the application and sign with original signature
  • Submit a check for $40 payable to the Board of Psychology
  • Mail completed application and check to:

Board of Psychology
1625 North Market Blvd, Suite N-215
Sacramento, CA 95834


Note: You can only apply online once; supplemental documentation can only be submitted online at the time application is submitted-all future documentation cannot be submitted through BreEZe.

CPLEE REQUEST FORM AND FEE:

    • Complete the CPLEE request form
    • Submit a check for $129 payable to the Board of Psychology
    • Mail completed request from and check to the Board

    EPPP SCORE TRANSFER

    • Verification of Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) score from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:

  • Official transcript(s) for the qualifying degree must be sent to the Board of Psychology in one of the following three ways:
    • Mailed directly from the educational institution to the Board
    • Submitted in an envelope that has been sealed and signed by the educational institution from the applicant along with the application
    • Emailed by the educational institution to boplicensing@dca.ca.gov.

Note: Transcript will not be approved if it does not reflect the degree conferred and date awarded.

SUPERVISED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (SPE):

CPLEE APPROVAL:

  • The Board will contact you via email once you have been approved to take the CPLEE examination. If your application is incomplete, the Board will request additional information from you in order to proceed with the review.
  • Within 48 hours of approval, the examination vendor, Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI), will email you with the instructions on how to schedule your examination.

CPLEE RESULTS:

  • Examination results are provided at the test site after completing the examination.
  • If you do not pass, you must submit the CPLEE request form and $129 fee to the Board to retake the examination.
  • You can only take each version of the examination once. New versions of the examinations are available on the first of January, April, July and October.
  • If you do not pass, your application will be withdrawn if you do not retake the examination within one year from your last examination date.

Note: Hours of SPE accrued prior to the completion of the Supervision Agreement will not be accepted.

EPPP APPROVAL:

  • The Board will contact you via email if you are approved to take the EPPP. If your application is deficient, the Board will request additional information in order to proceed with the review.
  • The Board submits eligibility to the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) on a weekly basis.
  • Once your eligibility has been submitted, ASPPB will email you instructions on how to schedule your examination.
  • Your application will be withdrawn if you do not take the examination within one year upon approval.

Note: If your application has been withdrawn, you must re-apply by submitting a paper application.

FINGERPRINTS

If you are being fingerprinted outside of California:

  • Contact the Board to request "hard cards" and instructions to be mailed to you. Please be advised that the DOJ processing time for "hard cards" takes about a minimum of 4 weeks.

If you are being fingerprinted in California:

  • Complete the Request for Live Scan Services form and take it to a Live Scan site to submit fingerprints to Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a criminal history background check.
  • After submitting your fingerprints, send a copy of the Request for Live Scan Services to the Board.

Step 2: Request for Initial Licensure

Once you pass the CPLEE:

FORM AND FEE

    • You will be provided a Request for Initial Licensure form by the examination vendor once you pass the CPLEE.
    • Mail the completed and signed form along with a $400 check payable to the Board of Psychology.

LICENSE ISSUANCE

    • Within two to four weeks of receipt of the form and fee, the Board will email your psychology license number once approved.

Step 3: Additional Licensure Requirements

The following must be completed prior to licensure and can be completed anytime throughout your application process:

PRE-LICENSURE COURSES

Coursework

Length of Training

Business and Professions Code

California Code of Regulations

Human Sexuality

10 hours

§25

§1382

Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment

15 hours (if you began graduate training on or after September 1, 1985) *Course must be completed at an academic institution

§2914(f)

§1382.3

Child Abuse Assessment

7 hours

§28

§1382.4

Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection, and Intervention Strategies

  • 2 hours (if you began graduate training between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2003
  • 15 hours if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004

§2914(g)

§1382.5

Aging and Long-Term Care

10 hours (if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004)

§2915.5

§1382.6

For more information on the courses above, click on the code sections.


C. Applicants who have been licensed in another state, Canadian province, or U.S. territory for more than 5 years:

Step 1: Apply for the California Psychology Law and Ethics Exam (CPLEE)

APPLICATION AND FEE:

Apply Online through BreEZe

OR

Apply by mail

 

Online Application Instructions

  • Pay the online application fee

Accepted Credit Cards:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover

 

  • Complete the application and sign with original signature
  • Submit a check for $40 payable to the Board of Psychology
  • Mail completed application and check to:

Board of Psychology
1625 North Market Blvd, Suite N-215
Sacramento, CA 95834

                                                                          
Note: You can only apply online once; supplemental documentation can only be submitted online at the time application is submitted-all future documentation cannot be submitted through BreEZe.

CPLEE REQUEST FORM AND FEE:

  • Complete the CPLEE request form
  • Submit a check for $129 payable to the Board of Psychology
  • Mail completed request from and check to the Board

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:

    • Official transcript(s) for the qualifying degree must be sent to the Board of Psychology in one of the following three ways:
    • Mailed directly from the educational institution to the Board
    • Submitted in an envelope that has been sealed and signed by the educational institution from the applicant along with the application
    • Emailed by the educational institution to boplicensing@dca.ca.gov

Note: Transcript will not be approved if it does not reflect the degree conferred and date awarded.

OFFICIAL CERTIFICATION OF LICENSURE

  • Official Certification of Licensure from the applicant's licensing Board.

SUPERVISED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (SPE):

  • Requires a total of 3000 hours of SPE with at least 1500 hours earned post-doctorally.
  • If you possess one of the following, have the credential or certificate submitted by the issuing entity in lieu of submitting the VOE form(s) to the Board:
  • Credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NRHSPP);
  • Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP); or
  • Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) issued by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Board (ASPPB).
  • Otherwise, submit original signed Supervision Agreement, if any, and the 2-page Verification of Experience (VOE) Form(s) for Out-of-State SPE in a sealed envelope signed across the seal by your primary supervisor along with the application.
  • CPLEE APPROVAL:

    • The Board will contact you via email once you have been approved to take the CPLEE examination. If your application is incomplete, the Board will request additional information from you in order to proceed with the review.
    • Within 48 hours of approval, the examination vendor, Psychological Services, Inc. (PSI), will email you with the instructions on how to schedule your examination.

    CPLEE RESULTS:

    • Examination results are provided at the test site after completing the examination.
    • If you do not pass, you must submit the CPLEE request form and $129 fee to the Board to retake the examination.
    • You can only take each version of the examination once. New versions of the examinations are available on the first of January, April, July and October.
      • If you do not pass, your application will be withdrawn if you do not retake the examination within one year from your last examination date.

    Note: If your application has been withdrawn, you must re-apply by submitting a paper application.

    FINGERPRINTS

    If you are being fingerprinted outside of California:

    • Contact the Board to request "hard cards" and instructions to be mailed to you. Please be advised that the DOJ processing time for "hard cards" takes about a minimum of 4 weeks.

    If you are being fingerprinted in California:

    • Complete the Request for Live Scan Services form and take it to a Live Scan site to submit fingerprints to Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a criminal history background check.
    • After submitting your fingerprints, send a copy of the Request for Live Scan Services to the Board.

    Step 2: Request for Initial Licensure

    Once you pass the CPLEE:

    FORM AND FEE

    • You will be provided a Request for Initial Licensure form by the examination vendor once you pass the CPLEE.
    • Mail the completed and signed form along with a $400 check payable to the Board of Psychology.

    LICENSE ISSUANCE

    Within two to four weeks of receipt of the form and fee, the Board will email your psychology license number once approved.

    Step 3: Additional Licensure Requirements

    The following must be completed prior to licensure and can be completed anytime throughout your application process:

    PRE-LICENSURE COURSES

    Coursework

    Length of Training

    Business and Professions Code

    California Code of Regulations

    Human Sexuality

    10 hours

    §25

    §1382

    Alcohol/Chemical Dependency Detection and Treatment

    15 hours (if you began graduate training on or after September 1, 1985) *Course must be completed at an academic institution

    §2914(f)

    §1382.3

    Child Abuse Assessment

    7 hours

    §28

    §1382.4

    Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment, Detection, and Intervention Strategies

    • 2 hours (if you began graduate training between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2003
    • 15 hours if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004

    §2914(g)

    §1382.5

    Aging and Long-Term Care

    10 hours (if you began graduate training on or after January 1, 2004)

    §2915.5

    §1382.6

    For more information on the courses above, click on the code sections.


    Last Updated January 24, 2018