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Arkansas Psychology Licensure Requirements

The Arkansas Psychology Board is responsible for the licensing and regulation of psychologists in the state, such that a consistent level of excellence and competency is found throughout the profession. To become a licensed psychologist in Arkansas, applicants first need to complete educational prerequisites including a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from an accredited college or university. Prospective candidates are then expected to complete a 2000-hour American Psychological Association-approved internship. Once these prerequisites are satisfied, applicants are required to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), offered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Completed applications are reviewed by the Arkansas Psychology Board and qualified applicants are granted licenses to use the title “psychologist” and practice psychology within the state. Here are the primary questions and scenarios for prospective Arkansas psychologists:

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

Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Arkansas

Psychology Degree 411 outlines the vital steps to becoming a psychologist in Arkansas and may be a valuable resource to prospective-psychologists at any point throughout the licensure process.

1. Earn a BS in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Psychology Degree 411 contains a complete list of undergraduate and graduate psychology programs hosted in Arkansas. Students must complete both a BS in Psychology and Master’s in Psychology before pursuing a PhD or PsyD.

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in Psychology. As in all US states, candidates for psychology licensure in Arkansas must complete a doctorate degree in psychology or educational psychology. Here is a compiled list of PhD and PsyD programs offered in Arkansas. In 2005, the National Research Council recognized the University of Arkansas Main Campus doctorate program in Psychology among the best in the nation. Several other institutions in the state also offer creditable doctoral programs for candidates wishing to complete their final degree in Arkansas.

3. Get Licensed to Practice Psychology in Arkansas. Once candidates have completed their doctorate degrees in Psychology, they are required to complete several additional steps before applying for a license. A step-by-step guide to Arkansas’s psychology licensure requirements is included below:

Arkansas Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete a Internship Experience.

Prospective psychologists must complete a supervised internship or training experience to become qualified to apply for a license in Arkansas. Licensure applicants are expected to complete a minimum of two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) under the direction of a licensed psychologist. Of these two years of qualified experience, one must be post-doctoral. Internship and training experience may begin after a minimum of two years of graduate study and can consist of an APA-accredited, 2000 hour internship program or a similar internship that fulfills specific criteria outlined by the Arkansas Psychology Board. Note that practicums and clerkships do not count toward these hours. Specific internship requirements listed by the American Psychological Association may be found at APA.org. Arkansas guidelines regarding an APA-approved internship programs may be found at the Arkansas Psychology Board website.

2. Complete Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) Requirements.

In addition to the required internship component, psychology license candidates are required to complete at least one year of postdoctoral supervised professional experience. The post-doctoral training experience should expose trainees to several aspects of professional practice including clinical work, research, psychological assessment, psychological therapy and consultation therapy. The postdoctoral experience must be full-time for one calendar year or a total of 2000 hours accumulated over a period not more than four years. Though this component is mandatory for full licensure, prospective psychologists may be considered for provisional licensure while completing their one-year, postdoctoral supervised experience.

You should review the complete rules and regulations, and check for changes in the law, regarding rules and requirements for licensure in Arkansas.

Verification of Required Experience:
The Arkansas Psychology Board’s application packet includes verification forms pursuant to each supervised professional experience. Supervisors of the applicant’s internship and postdoctoral supervised experience must verify the experience and send the form directly to the Psychology Board:

Arkansas Psychology Board
101 E Capitol, Ste 415
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-6167
Fax: (501) 682-6165

3. Pass the National Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).

The Arkansas Psychology Board adheres to national standards by requiring that all candidates pass the National Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) offered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. There is no additional written or oral state examination at this time.

EPPP – Candidates must undergo a credential review to ensure that all other requirements have been met before the Board will grant applicants approval to take the exam. Once the Board confirms that the applicant is qualified to take the exam, the Board will submit the applicant’s information to the Professional Examination Service. The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and consists of 225 multiple-choice questions. The exam is computer delivered and may be accessed at any authorized Prometric Testing Center. Applicants must achieve a scaled score of 500 to pass the examination. If a candidate does not pass the exam, he or she may retake the exam a minimum of 60 days after the first attempt. Applicants may sign up to take the EPPP practice exam. After applying for licensure in their jurisdiction, applicants may register for the EPPP.

4. Submit an Application for Psychologist Licensure in Arkansas

Applicants are encouraged to confirm the requirements for Arkansas psychology licensure prior to submitting their application.

After all requirements have been fulfilled and documented, the Request Form for Psychologist Licensure Application Packet needs to be filled out and mailed to:

Arkansas Psychology Board
101 E Capitol, Ste 415
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-6167
Fax: (501) 682-6165

Additional Requirements and Information

The Arkansas Board of Psychologist Examiners provides a general guide to the psychology licensure process for applicants/new licensees, including when to apply, transcripts, fees, and additional requirements.

References:
1. Arkansas Psychology Board: http://www.psychologyboard.arkansas.gov/