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Alaska Psychology Licensure Requirements

To become a licensed psychologist in Alaska, applicants must complete years of education culminating in a PhD or PsyD from an accredited college or university. The Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners and the Law Code of Alaska regulate the professional designation of “Psychologist” by enforcing licensing requirements and examinations. Educational requirements include completion of a doctorate degree in clinical psychology, counseling psychology or education in a field deemed equivalent by the board. Applicants are also required to pass an objective examination developed and approved by the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners. Here are some of the most common questions and concerns regarding the path to psychological licensure in Alaska:

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

Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Alaska

Regardless of where you are on the path to become a psychologist in Alaska, Psychology Degree 411 can help you take the next step:

1. Earn a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Psychology Degree 411 is a great resource for researching psychology degree programs in Alaska. A complete list of Alaska undergraduate and graduate psychology degree programs can be found on the site. Both degrees are necessary before pursuing the required PhD or PsyD

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in Psychology. The Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners requires that license candidates complete a PsyD or PhD program prior to taking the objective licensure exam offered by the state. Candidates may also obtain a degree in education from an accredited college or university specializing in a field considered equivalent by the Board, such as educational psychology or counseling psychology.

Refer to a complete list of PhD or PsyD programs offered in Alaska. There are several options for students wishing to pursue a PsyD or PhD within Alaska before applying for psychologist licensure.

3. Get Licensed to Practice Psychology in Alaska. In addition to the completion of a PsyD or PhD, licensing applicants must also fulfill several other prerequisites. An outline to the Alaska licensing requirements can be found below:

Alaska Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete One Year of Post-Doctorate Supervised Experience

After completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or Education, prospective psychologists must participate in one year of supervised experience approved by the board. Furthermore, the applicant’s experience must consist of at least 1,500 clock hours completed in 10-24 consecutive months and be focused on the same or similar field as was the applicant’s education and training. Professional experience programs should focus on providing applicants with experience providing direct services to patients. At least half of the supervised experience must consist of face-to-face contact with patients. At least 80% of the experience must be supervised by a licensed psychologist or person holding a doctorate degree in psychology whom the Board considers certified to supervise. The remainder of the experience may be supervised by a licensed psychiatrist, psychological associate, clinical social worker, or professional counselor. During this year of professional experience, applicants must meet with their supervisors for no less than one hour of individual, face-to-face supervision per week. Applicants may earn post-doctorate experience at any institution approved by the American Psychological Associate, or a program the Board deems equivalent to these standards. Unsupervised practicums, clerkships or externships will not fulfill this requirement.

Please review the specific post doctorate experience requirements issued by the Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners.

Verification of Required Experience:
Supervisors must submit written documentation of an applicant’s work experience, detailing the nature of the work and supervision throughout the process. Additionally, supervisors must confirm that applicants are exposed to and sufficiently understand ethical issues and concerns specifically related to the practice of psychology. The appropriate supervision forms are included in the license application packet.

Supervision statements and forms should be included as part of the final license application and may be mailed to:

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Telephone: (907) 465-5470
E-mail: license@alaska.gov
Website: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPsychologists.aspx

2. Pass the National and State Psychology Licensing Exams.

Alaska Psychology Licensing Law mandates all applicants to take and pass two examinations:

EPPP – The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology is a 225 multiple-choice national exam that is administered at testing sites across the United States. A scaled score of 500 is the pass point for computer administered examinations and 70% is the pass point for traditionally administered examinations. Candidates are encouraged sign up to take the EPPP practice exam. After applying for licensure in their jurisdiction, applicants may register for the EPPP, which was developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and is administered continually at Prometrics testing sites throughout Alaska.

CPSE – The Alaska State Law and Ethics Supplemental Examination is a two-hour examination developed by the Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners. The examination will be offered four times a year at dates and locations set by the board. A complete application including all supplemental documents, such as required transcripts and recommendations, must be received at the Board’s Juneau office at least 45 days prior to the next scheduled examination to be considered for entry into the following State Law and Ethics examination.

3. Submit an Application for Psychologist Licensure in Alaska

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

After all requirements have been fulfilled, the Application for Licensure as a Psychologist in Alaska needs to be filled out and mailed to:

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Additional Requirements and Information

For complete instructions on completing the licensing process for psychologists in Alaska, visit the Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners website. Here you can find information on topics including:

  • Registration and dates for the Alaska State Law and Ethics Examination
  • Applications for supervision extensions and alternate supervision plans
  • Experience and training program requirements
  • Guidelines for graduate coursework in psychology
  • Rules of professional conduct

References:
1. Alaska Board of Psychologist and Psychological Associate Examiners: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPsychologists.aspx