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Florida Psychology Licensure Requirements

The Florida Board of Psychology establishes standards for licensing psychologists in the state. To obtain a psychology license in Florida, you will demonstrate competence through education, experience, and examinations before becoming eligible to work as a licensed psychologist. Becoming licensed as a psychologist in Florida is a complicated process, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you along the way. You probably have a lot of questions about the specifics of the process. Continue reading and we will give you answers and help you with the next steps to becoming a licensed psychologist in Florida.

» How do I become a psychologist in Florida?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Florida.
» What are Florida’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Florida?
» I am already licensed as a psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Florida by reciprocity?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Florida?
» How much do psychologists in Florida make?

Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Florida

There are several major steps required to become a licensed psychologist in Florida. You will need to complete specific education requirements, including a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from accredited schools or programs. Florida requires you to complete certain hours of experience before being licensed and administers a series of examinations to check your knowledge of the field. We will remove confusion from the process and show you the specifics of each step.

1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology.

The first step in your journey to become a licensed psychologist in Florida is to attain a bachelor’s degree from an approved university. You should research programs at schools you are interested in to make sure the degree offered is accepted by accredited master’s and doctorate programs in Florida. The Florida Board of Psychology will only accept education obtained from accredited universities. A list of accredited schools is available on the Florida Board of Psychology website.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology may be a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and does not have to be in the field of psychology. You should carefully consider your long-term goals when deciding on a major for your bachelor’s degree program if it is outside the field of psychology. A bachelor’s degree program usually takes between two and four years to complete, depending on the level of education with which you begin. For example, students who hold an associate’s degree will have a shorter bachelor’s program. A bachelor’s degree program will require a minimum of 120 credit hours, including up to 36 psychology-specific hours to attain a psychology major. The classes you will take will depend on your major and may vary among schools and programs. As you work toward completing your bachelor’s degree, you should attempt to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during your undergrad education, keeping in mind that acceptance policies for master’s and doctoral programs can be strict.

Next, mandy candidates will seek to get accepted into a master’s program. Each program can be unique and may offer different classes or areas of study. Some schools require standardized test scores to be accepted into a master’s program. Many universities will require passing scores for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). You will need to research the program to which you intend to apply in order to determine specific acceptance requirements.

Master’s degree programs are available in both Arts and Sciences. Your master’s degree does not have to be in the field of psychology, but should be either closely related and relevant to your career plan. A stand-alone master’s degree program will typically take two to three years of study, but others are offered as part of a PhD or PsyD degree program. Keep in mind that if you get your bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field outside of psychology, you may have to take additional courses before being accepted into a doctoral program.

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.

There are two primary doctorate-level psychology degrees, each with unique training and requirements for graduating: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology. The two degrees will both offer you excellent career opportunities, but the degree path you choose may impact your career choices later. If you are planning to be a psychology teacher or a researcher, you may wish to work toward a PhD in Psychology. If you are planning to be a clinician or licensed psychologist, you may want to work toward a PsyD, but this is not always the case. For more information about the differences between the two doctorate degrees, see this article. According to the American Psychological Association, if you enroll after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, you can expect to spend around seven to eight years to complete a graduate degree at the doctoral level.1 The state of Florida requires that your doctorate be accredited by the APA.

Florida law requires 4,000 hours of supervised experience before you can become licensed, 2,000 of which can be completed as part of your doctorate as an internship. Please refer to our Psychology Schools in Florida page for a comprehensive list of programs.

3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Florida.

Getting licensed to practice psychology in Florida is the final step you must complete before you can start working. Below are the rules you will need to follow to get your license.

Florida Psychologist Licensing Process

After you have completed the educational requirements above, you will need to complete 4,000 hours of post-doctoral experience, pass two exams, and apply for your license. We will explain these steps further and provide helpful links below.

1. Get 4,000 hours or two years of supervised experience.

Florida law requires students seeking licensure in psychology to obtain 4,000 hours of experience prior to licensure, the equivalent of two years of full-time work. The Board will accept 2,000 hours for doctorate-level psychology internships, but the remaining 2,000 hours must be post-doctoral supervised practical experience (SPE). Florida law specifies that the supervised experience must include at least 900 hours of one-on-one work with clients. You will need to have two hours of supervision each week for one to two years, including an hour of individual supervision. You will need to continue receiving supervision until you are licensed, even if you have completed the required number of hours.

2. Submit your application to the Board.

The next step to getting your license is to prepare and submit an application to the Florida Board of Psychology to register for the examinations and begin the process of verification. The Board requires you include with your application an official, sealed transcript of your doctoral degree (sent directly from your university), a Supervising Psychologist Verification Form, to document that you have completed the mandated post-doctoral SPE (included in the application), and a $305.00 filing fee.

3. Pass the Florida psychology licensing exams.

Once your application has been approved by the Board, you will be sent information about the exam portion of the licensure process. You will need to pass two exams before being licensed to demonstrate that you understand theories and concepts of psychology, in addition to knowledge of laws and ethical obligations under Florida law.

The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is administered by the the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). The EPPP exam is intended to test your knowledge of psychology and will require that you demonstrate an understanding of the psychology topics you studied while working on your doctoral degree. You must have a score of 500 or better (or 70%) to pass. The exam costs $687.50 and must be taken within 90 days of paying your fees. A handbook, including practice test, is available on the ASPPB website and provide an opportunity for applicants to gain testing experience in a real-life, timed scenario.

The Florida Laws and Rules Examination consists of 40 multiple-choice questions testing your knowledge of the laws of the state. You are allotted an hour to complete the exam and you must receive a score of 70% correct or better to pass. You will get a preliminary result immediately which will be certified later. The exam costs $48 and is administered by Pearson VUE. After taking the two required exams, the Board will receive your scores and notify you of your licensure status. If you wish to work while waiting for your license, you can apply for provisional licensure and work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist until you are notified of your licensure.

4. Receive your license from the Board.

Once you have satisfied all requirements listed above, the Board will approve your application and you will be granted your Florida psychologist license.

Florida Licensure by Endorsement

If you already have your license to practice psychology in another state, you can still apply for licensure in Florida through the Florida Board of Psychology. You will need to submit a form through a process called Licensure by Endorsement of Other State Licensure. After receiving your application, the Board will look at the laws in the state you are licensed in and determine if they are equivalent to the laws of Florida. Fees to become licensed through reciprocity total $305, which includes a $200 non-refundable application fee, an initial licensure fee of $100 and a $5 processing fee. Visit the Florida Board’s website to apply online. If you have been licensed to practice psychology in another jurisdiction for a time period of at least 10 years and you have retired (or intend to retire) from psychology, you can apply for a psychology limited license that allows you to work in a public or non-profit institution only, providing psychological services to the underserved and “critical need populations” of Florida.

Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information

Renewing your license in Florida is easy. Simply complete 35 hours of continuing education units (CEUs), submit your application, and pay the renewal fee of $300 online or through the mail before May 31. Licenses are valid for two years. Visit https://floridaspsychology.gov/licensing/psychologist-licensure-by-endorsement-of-other-state-licensure/ for the fee schedule, process, and requirements for renewal. Florida requires two hours of medical errors training and three hours of ethics and Florida Psychology Law. Florida does not accept hours earned outside of the 24-month licensure cycle. Every six years, Florida requires two hours of domestic violence training. The Board has information about accepted methods for obtaining your CEUs available on its website. The APA also advertises opportunities to gain CEUs.

Florida Psychology Jobs and Salary Information

Florida is home to the second-highest number (1,310) of “all other” psychologists in the nation as of May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).2 The average salary for “all other” psychologists in Florida is $97,210 annually, higher than the national average for that profession, of $93,440.3,2 Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Florida average $75,870 per year.3 Industrial-organizational psychologists in Florida earn an average annual salary of $79,010.3 The average salary for postsecondary psychology teachers in Florida is $80,020.3 The field of psychology continues to grow nationally and in Florida; Projections Central estimates an average growth of 21% in all psychology fields in Florida between the years 2016 and 2026.4

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists2,970$75,870
Industrial-Organizational PsychologistsN/A$79,010
Psychologists, All Other1,310$97,210
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary1,200$80,020

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2017.2

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to become a psychologist in Florida?

The length of time it can take to become a licensed psychologist in Florida depends on how long it takes to complete your education and training, which can vary based on whether you go full- or part-time, take breaks in between degrees, etc. A bachelor’s degree usually takes about four years of full-time study to complete, and a combined master’s and doctoral degree can take four to seven years. In addition to education, you will also need to complete one year (2,000 hours) of supervised professional experience after you graduate from your doctoral program, and prepare for and take the required exams before completing the licensure process. You should expect to spend around a decade from commencing your bachelor’s degree before you become a full-fledged psychologist in Florida.

What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Florida?

The Florida Board of Psychology requires you to have a PsyD or a PhD in psychology before applying for licensure in the state.

How much do psychologists in Florida make?

According to the BLS, the average salary for Florida psychologists of all kinds is $83,027.3 “All other” psychologists tend to earn the most in Florida, while clinical, counseling, and school psychologists tend to earn the least.3

Additional Resources

  • Florida Psychology Association (FPA) – A professional association for psychologists in Florida providing resources for students and practicing psychologists.
  • National Register of Psychological Associations (NRPA) – A national registry of professional psychology associations that helps students and licensed psychologists find and contact psychology associations all over the United States.
  • Florida Board of Psychology (FBP) – The licensing and regulating board of psychologists in Florida, offering a wealth of information, forms and contacts for every aspect of psychologist training and licensing in Florida.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) – Offers information about APA-accredited programs, CEU opportunities, training and news about the psychology field. You can find and articles about trends in psychology, verify licenses, and even find job opportunities on this website.

References:
1. American Psychological Association (APA): https://www.apa.org/support/graduate.aspx
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017, 19-3039 Psychologists, All Other: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193039.htm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Florida: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm
4. Projections Central: http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm