Connecticut Psychology Licensure Requirements
In the state of Connecticut, psychology licensure is regulated by the state Department of Public Health. In order to obtain a license, there are several steps that must be taken to complete the necessary educational, work experience, testing, and application requirements. While this process can be daunting, the step-by-step outline we have created will guide you through each requirement. In navigating this process there are certain questions that often arise:
» How do I become a psychologist in Connecticut?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Connecticut.
» What are Connecticut’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Connecticut?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Connecticut by reciprocity?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Connecticut?
» How much do psychologists in Connecticut make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Connecticut
There are multiple steps that must be taken before applying for licensure in the state of Connecticut. Because they can be overwhelming, we have broken them down into three high-level steps so they are clear and concise. Step 1 is how to obtain your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology. Step 2 is how to obtain your doctorate (PhD or PsyD) in psychology and Step 3 is how to obtain your license.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
Earning a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college is the first step in completing the educational requirements for your license to practice psychology. The bachelor’s degree does not have to be in the field of psychology and can be either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, depending on the school and your chosen field of study. Earning either a BA or BS in any subject typically takes four full-time years and 120 course credits to complete. Note that if your bachelor’s degree is not in the field of psychology or a similar field, you will likely have to complete certain prerequisite courses when applying to a graduate-level psychology program.
If you prefer to gain additional experience before beginning your doctoral program or if your bachelor’s degree is not in the field of psychology, a master’s degree can be your next educational step. However, keep in mind that many doctoral programs include a master’s degree as part of the course of study. Like the bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree can be either a Master of Arts (MS) or a Master of Science (MS) degree in psychology. A master’s degree normally takes two years, or 30 to 40 credits, to complete. While there are some stand-alone master’s in psychology programs, there are others that are offered along with your doctorate in psychology (PsyD or PhD) degrees (see Step 2 below).
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
Earning your doctorate in psychology is the major educational step required for becoming a licensed psychologist in Connecticut. There are two types of psychology doctoral degrees: the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology. The type of degree you choose to pursue should be based on your specific interests within the field of psychology. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) website explains more on the differences between the PsyD and PhD in psychology degrees. The state of Connecticut’s only doctoral requirement is that your program meets the full accreditation standards of the APA. While most doctoral programs take between four and seven years to complete, the total length of time to complete a doctoral degree is largely dependent on whether the program also includes a master’s degree and whether you pursue an area of specialty. For more about Connecticut’s doctoral programs, please visit our Psychology Schools in Connecticut page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Connecticut.
Once you have completed the above educational requirements, the steps to completing the actual licensing process through the Connecticut Department of Public Health still remain. The details of this process are outlined below.
Connecticut Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Submit your applicant information form to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The first step in becoming a licensed psychologist in Connecticut is to complete an online application form. The application can only be completed online and requires all new users to register with a username, password, and email address. You will be notified via email when your application form is approved and you can continue the application process. In addition to completing the form, you will also be asked to pay an application fee of $565.
2. Gain one year of supervised work experience in your area of training.
The state of Connecticut requires that applicants complete at least one year of supervised work experience (SWE) at the pre- or post-doctoral level before being licensed. Internships that may have been required in your doctoral program do NOT count towards SWE. The work experience must amount to a minimum of 35 hours per week for at least 46 weeks in a 12-month period or be at least 1,800 hours within 24 consecutive months. A maximum of 40 hours per week are able to be submitted towards this requirement.
The supervisor must have a doctorate in psychology and be licensed in the state where you complete the SWE. For each 40-hour week of SWE, supervision must consist of at least three hours, one of which must be individual, face-to-face supervision. While completing your SWE you are exempt from the final licensing requirements (please see Step 3 below). This exemption expires one year after you complete your SWE or upon failure to complete the EPPP. In planning for your SWE, if you are unsure whether your work will meet the state’s requirements, you may want to submit an SWE Pre-Approval Form for pre-approval.
3. Submit all verifying documents to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Once you have completed your SWE hours you must submit documentation that verifies your completion of a doctoral program, as well as documentation of your SWE hours and supervision. Only after this documentation is received and approved by the CDPH will you be mailed written permission to register online for the EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology) and the Connecticut Jurisprudence Examination. Documentation from your doctoral program must be in the form of an official transcript and mailed directly from the institution where you completed your studies. Documentation of your SWE hours must be mailed directly from your supervisor using this form
In order to obtain your psychology license in Connecticut, you must take the standardized national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) as well as a state examination called the Connecticut Jurisprudence Examination. The EPPP is designed to measure your understanding of the highest level psychological theories and practice situations and assesses your knowledge via 225 timed multiple choice questions.
Along with your written permission from CDPH to take the EPPP, you will be provided with instructions on how to complete the online registration for the test. During registration, you will be asked to pay a total fee of $687.50. Once you have completed the online registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule the exam. Once you are registered, you have 60 days to schedule the exam at a Prometric Testing Center. You must receive a passing score of at least 500 to qualify for licensure in Connecticut. The ASPPB offers an EPPP practice test that can be very helpful in familiarizing you with the types of questions that will be asked as well as with the test setting and timed format.
The Connecticut Jurisprudence Exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions. You must score a minimum of 72.5%, answering at least 18 questions correctly, to pass the test. There is no fee to sit for this test and it is offered six times throughout the year. A study guide is available on the CDPH website.
Connecticut Licensure by Reciprocity
If you have already been licensed and working as a psychologist in another state for at least five years, you may wish to transfer your license to the state of Connecticut. To qualify for this type of licensure, you must also hold a current Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) verifying that you have completed all the necessary education, work experience, and examination regulations in your prior state of residence and that you have no outstanding disciplinary actions against your license.
To obtain a psychology license in Connecticut via reciprocity, you must complete the application information form and pay the $565 application fee. Your CPQ verification must be sent directly to the CDPH via the ASPPB. In addition, verification of all your current and prior licenses must be sent to the CDPH via the approved verification form The final step in obtaining your license via reciprocity in Connecticut is scheduling and passing the Connecticut Jurisprudence Exam.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
The state of Connecticut requires at least 10 hours of continuing education per registration period, which encompasses one calendar year from when your license was issued. While there is no deadline for CPE credits, there are certain required topics that your CPE hours must cover. You must complete at least two hours of training or education on mental health conditions that are common to veterans and their families (e.g., screening for PTSD, depression and suicide assessment and prevention) during your first licensed year as a practitioner. Following that initial year, this requirement must be met at least once every six years. In addition, no more than five hours of CPE credits per year can be obtained via the Internet or home study.
All CPE opportunities must be approved by the APPSB, a regionally-accredited graduate-level program, a nationally recognized provider of CPEs, the Department of Mental Health or a behavioral science organization that is recognized on a national level. You must obtain a certificate of completion from each CPE activity that you complete and keep those certificates for at least three years after they are completed. Licensed psychologists applying for renewal for the first time are exempt from these CPE requirements. Your state-issued license is due for renewal in the first month of your birth after it is issued and on an annual basis after that. You will receive notice of your renewal deadline 60 days prior to its expiration. An annual renewal fee of $570 is due at that time and a new license will be mailed to you during the third week of the following month from which the license was renewed.
Connecticut Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earn an annual average salary of $88,920 and postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $85,750.1 The average salary for “all other” psychologists in Connecticut is the highest, at $93,120.1 According to Projections Central, the average growth predicted for “all other” psychologists in the state of Connecticut (not including teachers) is 12.4% for the period of 2016-2026.2 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists are predicted to increase by an average growth of 7.3% over the same period of time.2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||1,680||$88,920|
|Psychologists, All Other||180||$93,120|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||430||$85,750|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.1
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become a psychologist in Connecticut?
The answer is dependent on how long it takes to complete your education. A bachelor’s degree takes typically four years to complete, a master’s program (if separate from your doctorate) takes two years, and a doctoral program takes anywhere from four to seven years. After your education is completed, you must gain at least one year of supervised work experience, though some may choose to complete this requirement in two years. Based on this information, you should expect that it will take at least 10 years to become a licensed psychologist in Connecticut, while the exact amount depends on your educational and SWE choices.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Connecticut?
According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which regulates all psychology licenses in the state, you must have a doctorate in psychology to become licensed
How much do psychologists in Connecticut make?
While the pay for psychologists depends on many factors including the type of psychologist, years of experience, and geographical area, the BLS reports that the average psychologist in Connecticut (excluding teachers) earns $91,020 per year.1
- Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA) – The Connecticut Psychological Association was formed in 1963 to promote the field of psychology in Connecticut as well as to provide psychologists and psychology students with a forum for professional growth in the form of meetings, discussion, research, and the exchanging of ideas.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health (CDPH) – The Connecticut Department of Public Health governs all state practice licenses, including psychologists. It provides valuable information on the license application process to CPE regulations, license renewals, and disciplinary action.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – The American Psychological Association serves as a national resource to all psychologists in the United States. It provides educational resources, monthly journal articles, and monthly featured web topics. It also aims to promote psychology on a national level by promoting research and education and a high set of ethical and conduct standards for the field.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational and Employment Wage Estimates, Connecticut https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ct.htm
2. Projections Central, Long Term Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm