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Alabama Psychology Licensure Requirements

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology requires that license applicants complete psychology education at the doctorate level and on-site supervised training in a psychological field prior to submitting an application. The Alabama Board enforces these prerequisites and mandates national examinations to uphold and define the title of “Psychologist,” while also regulating the practice of licensed individuals within the state. Candidates must complete specific educational and professional programs approved by the American Psychological Association prior to submitting a formal application for psychology licensure. Once these qualifications are reviewed, applicants may be approved to take the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the state Professional Standards Examination. Completed applications are then reviewed by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology and qualified applicants are granted licenses. Here are the primary steps and questions for prospective Alabama psychologists:

» How do I become a Psychologist in Alabama?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a Psychologist License in Alabama.
» What are Alabama’s Supervised Professional Experience Rules and Regulations?
» What Psychology Exams are required in Alabama?
» Where can I go to find additional information on psychologist licensing in Alabama?

Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Alabama

Regardless of your starting point, Psychology Degree 411 can provide you with the information needed to take the next step on the path to becoming a psychologist in Alabama.

1. Earn a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. A complete list of Alabama’s undergraduate and graduate psychology degree programs is included below. Both a BS in psychology and a master’s degree in Psychology are necessary before pursuing a PhD or PsyD Students should explore the variety of programs offered within the state, and select a preference based on area of specialty, location and accessibility.

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in Psychology. The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology requires that all psychologist license applicants complete a doctorate in psychology from an accredited college or university.

Refer to a complete list of PhD or PsyD programs offered in Alabama. Alabama hosts three doctorate programs that are highly ranked by the National Research Council. These include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama.

3. Get Licensed to Practice Psychology in Alabama. There are several license requirements in addition to the doctoral degree that are included to demonstrate applicants’ clinical and professional experience in the psychological field. Alabama psychology license applications require that PsyD and PhD degree holders complete a supervised internship experience. A complete guide to Alabama licensure requirements is included below:

Alabama Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete a Internship Experience.

Applicants for psychology licensure in Alabama must complete an internship experience. Alabama licensure requirements parallel the national guidelines regarding accredited internship programs approved by the American Psychological Association. The APA recognizes specialization in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and School Psychology. Specific internship requirements may be found at the American Psychological Association. Internships not accredited by the American Psychological Association or by the Canadian Psychological Association may be deemed acceptable if they adhere to stringent criteria detailed by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology. Approved internship experiences are generally the equivalent of one year of full-time training completed in no less than 11 months and no more than 24 consecutive months. Two internship experiences may be combined to fulfill the minimum requires set forth by the American Psychological Association.

For more Alabama psychology licensure details and information, visit the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology.

Verification of Required Experience:
The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology license application package is not yet available online. Applicants should send a mailing address to albdpsychology@psychology.alabama.gov and an application package will be delivered to the specified address. This application package will include the forms necessary to verify the educational and internship experience of the applicant.

Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology
660 Adams Ave Ste 360
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-4127
albdpsychology@psychology.alabama.gov

2. Pass Two Alabama Psychology Licensing Exams.

Alabama Psychology Licensing Law mandates all applicants to take and pass a national licensing exam and a state-specific Professional Standards Exam that focuses on legal and ethical practice of psychology within the state of Alabama.

EPPP – The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards offers the nationally accepted Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The exam is computer administered at testing sites across the United States and consists of 225 multiple-choice questions. A scaled score of 500 is required to pass the exam. Candidates are encouraged sign up to take the EPPP practice exam. After applying for licensure in their jurisdiction, applicants may register for the EPPP. It is owned by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and is administered continually by Prometric testing sites throughout Alabama. Please note the examination cost of $450.00 which must be payable to PES at the time the application is submitted to the board. Candidates who fail this examination are able to retake the test after waiting a minimum of six months from the date of the first attempt.

Alabama PSE – The Alabama Professional Standards Examination is a short multiple choice question exam that covers material from Alabama License Law, APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, and the APA general guidelines for providers of psychological services. The exam is composed of forty multiple choice questions and usually takes less than an hour to complete. Candidates must answer at least 80% of the questions correctly to pass. The fee for the exam is $50.00 and must be paid at the time of the examination. Applicants who receiving failing scores may retake the exam after a mandatory six-month waiting period.

Refer to the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology for information regarding payment and to request the proper examination.

3. Submit an Application for Psychologist Licensure in Alabama

Applicants should do a final check of Alabama’s psychology licensure requirements, fees, and transcript evaluation procedures prior to submitted their application.

After all requirements have been fulfilled, candidates must complete an application for licensure as a psychologist in Alabama, which can be requested by emailing albdpsychology@psychology.alabama.gov.

Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology
660 Adams Ave Ste 360
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-4127
albdpsychology@psychology.alabama.gov

Additional Requirements and Information

The Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology provides further information on qualifying and applying for psychologist licensure in the state. Visit the board website to learn more about:

  • Requirements for professional references
  • Coursework to qualify for licensure
  • EPPP Re-examination scheduling
  • Continuing education and license renewal
  • Schedules of fees

References:
1. Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology: http://www.psychology.alabama.gov