Connecticut Psychology Licensure Requirements
The Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists, a department of the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, regulates the licensing and oversight of psychologists in the state. Those who would like to become psychologists must prepare thoroughly for the licensing process that the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists administers, which first involves years of education followed by at least one year of professional training. For successful applicants, the effort culminates in the award of a license to practice psychology in Connecticut. Here are common questions and scenarios for prospective Connecticut licensees:
» Where do I begin the licensing process to become a psychologist in Connecticut?
» What work experiences or internships does Connecticut require for prospective psychologists?
» What application form(s) and supporting documents are required for licensure?
» What are the required exams for psychologists in Connecticut?
» Where can I go to find additional information on the licensing process for Connecticut psychologists?
Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Connecticut
1. Earn Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Psychology. Earning an undergraduate degree, whether a BA or a BS, is the first step to obtaining a license to practice psychology in Connecticut. This is followed by earning a master’s degree in psychology as preparation for entering a doctoral degree program. You can plan your educational track with this list of psychology degree programs in Connecticut provided by Psychology Degree 411.
2. Pursue a Doctorate in Psychology. In all cases, psychologists in Connecticut must hold a doctoral degree to become licensed. The doctoral program completed should be accredited by the American Psychological Association, although an individual review by the Department of Public Health may establish the qualifications of a program not so accredited. The doctoral degree earned in either circumstance must encompass a minimum of three academic years or the equivalent of full-time coursework, at least one year of which must be completed in residence.2
3. Follow the Licensing Process for Connecticut Psychologists. For prepared applicants, the process for obtaining a psychologist’s license in Connecticut can be straightforward. The section below explains how to navigate the process:
Connecticut Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Obtain One Year of Internship or Practicum.
Connecticut requires prospective psychologists to complete at least one academic year of formal internship, practicum, or field training as part of the doctoral degree program.2 The experience gained through this program must be documented on the candidate’s doctoral transcript to be considered as meeting the requirement. Candidates whose doctoral programs do not offer a suitable program for meeting this prerequisite for licensure may pursue the required internship, practicum, or field training post-doctorally in a formal course framework at another institution, such as through a re-specialization program.
2. Apply for Pre-Approval of Supervised Work Experience (If Desired)
Ordinarily, the Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists does not require prospective licensees to obtain pre-approval for planned supervised work experience. However, pre-approval is an option for candidates who are not sure that the planned supervised work experience will meet the requirements. This may be done by submitting an Application for Approval of Work Experience Plan for Connecticut Psychology License, along with transcripts showing award of a doctoral degree meeting the state’s requirements for psychology licensure.
3. Complete Supervised Work Experience.
Licensure as a psychologist in the state of Connecticut requires at least one year of supervised work experience.1 This supervised work experience may be completed pre- or post-doctorally, but may not be inclusive of internships required as part of the doctoral degree program discussed above.
Work experience must either consist of a minimum of 35 hours per week for 46 weeks within a twelve month period or a cumulative 1,800 hours within a 24 month period.1 In no case may more than 40 hours in a given week be counted towards the requirements.1 Note that work experience may not begin until all requirements for the doctoral degree have been met.
All supervised work experience must be supervised by a psychologist licensed in the state in which experience is obtained. For every 40 hours of service work completed by the applicant, the supervisor must provide at least three hours of supervision or consultation directly or on a face-to-face basis.2 The supervisor’s area of practice should align with the practice areas that the candidate for licensure intends to pursue once licensure is obtained.
The supervised work experience must conclude at least eight weeks before the examinations required for licensure are taken.2
4. Submit the Psychologist License Application.
After completing the required education and work experience, prospective Connecticut psychologists are eligible to submit the application for licensure. Note that Connecticut’s psychologist application form, the Psychologist License Application, must be notarized. For licensure consideration candidates must also submit:
- A recent photo of the candidate, taped to the application form where indicated;
- Official, sealed transcripts sent directly from the institution at which the doctoral degree was granted to the Department of Public Health;
- A Verification of Doctoral Program form, only if the doctoral degree program was not accredited by the American Psychological Association;
- Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology test scores, if the test has already been attempted;
- Verification of Work Experience forms verifying work experience, completed by each supervisor and forwarded directly to the Department of Public Health.
Although candidates have the option of submitting the application packet in person at the drop box at the security desk in the first floor of the Department of Public Health offices, it is recommended that candidates submit the application packet by mail to:
State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
Psychologist Application Processing
410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12MQA
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
The status of applications can be checked by emailing the Department of Pubic Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.
The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) must be completed with a passing score, which in Connecticut is considered a score of 500 or above.1 Permission to take the EPPP is granted following review of the initial application for licensure. Following the notification of eligibility, candidates must schedule the exam within the 60-day testing window provided by the test administrator, or face potential additional fees.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), which administers the EPPP, provides practice exams on its website to assist candidates in preparing for the test. The ASPPB also provides information on exam scores by doctoral program and basic preparatory materials for taking the exam.
6. Pass the Connecticut Jurisprudence Examination.
The Connecticut Jurisprudence Examination is a multiple choice exam with 25 questions, 18 of which must be answered correctly for a minimum passing score.1 The jurisprudence exam is administered six times per year; applicants indicate preference for testing dates on the initial application for licensure. A complete exam schedule can be accessed through the Department of Public Health along with a study guide that provides the materials covered in the exam.
Additional Requirements and Information
The Connecticut Board of Examiners of Psychologists provides further information on the licensing process in the state, such as:
- Guidelines for acceptable education and supervised work experiences
- Procedures for reinstating lapsed licenses
- Licensure obtained through a Certificate of Professional Qualification
- Licensure by endorsement for psychologists licensed in other states
- Renewal requirements for licensed psychologists in Connecticut
- Licensing exemptions for closely related professions
1. Connecticut Department of Public Health, Board of Examiners of Psychologists: http://www.portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing–Investigations/Psychology/Psychologist-Licensure-Requirements
2. Connecticut Department of Public Health, Licensure of Psychologists Regulations: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/agency_regulations/sections/pdfs/title_20._professional_licensing/20-38._licensure_of_psychologists.pdf