Idaho Psychology Licensure Requirements
In the state of Idaho, psychology licensure is overseen by the Board of Psychologist Examiners. To earn a license to practice psychology in Idaho, you must complete educational requirements (including a doctoral degree in psychology), complete two years of supervised professional experience, complete an application for the Board, and pass a national psychology exam. If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry! On this page, we’ve prepared a guide to help you through each step of becoming a licensed psychologist in Idaho. Here, you will find detailed instructions for every part of the process as well as answers to commonly-asked questions about licensure in Idaho, including:
» How do I become a psychologist in Idaho?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Idaho.
» What are Idaho’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Idaho?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Idaho by endorsement?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Idaho?
» How much do psychologists in Idaho make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Idaho
Before starting the process of becoming a psychologist in Idaho, know that there are three broad steps. The first step is to complete a bachelor’s degree (and an optional master’s degree, if you choose to do one). The second step is to complete a doctoral degree in psychology. The third and final step of the process is to apply for licensure in Idaho and complete the Board’s requirements to receive your license.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
The first step to becoming a licensed psychologist is to complete a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes four years or about 120 credit hours. You can earn a bachelor’s degree in any subject (psychology is not required at this stage), and you may earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree when you are finished.
After you have completed your bachelor’s degree, you may choose to complete a stand-alone a href=”/degrees/masters/”>master’s degree in psychology. This is optional because master’s degrees are typically not required for entry into doctoral psychology programs (see Step 2); in fact, doctoral students typically earn master’s degrees during their programs. However, there can be benefits to earning a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology. For example, it can help you meet prerequisites for a doctoral program if you did not study psychology as an undergraduate, or it can give you more hands-on experience if you are if you deciding whether to attend a doctoral program. If you choose to pursue a stand-alone master’s degree program, know that they typically take about two years (35-45 credit hours) to finish, and award either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
After finishing your bachelor’s degree (and an optional master’s degree), the next step towards becoming a psychologist in Idaho is to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. There are two types of doctoral degrees in psychology: a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). Both of these degrees are accepted by the Board for licensure, but there are some differences between them that are important to understand before you apply to programs. Doctoral degrees in psychology usually take between four and seven years to finish, depending on the requirements of your specific program.
To become licensed as a psychologist in Idaho, you must earn your doctoral degree from a program that meets the Board’s educational requirements. Programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) are automatically accepted as meeting these criteria. If you do not attend one of these programs, you will need to provide documentation that the program you attended meets the Board’s requirements, which include a certain amount of in-person attendance, specific coursework requirements, and a predoctoral internship.
For more information about programs in the state, please visit our Psychology Schools in Idaho page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Idaho.
After you have completed the educational requirements described above, you will be ready to begin the process of becoming licensed as a psychologist in Idaho. For this, you will need to submit an application to the Board, complete two years of supervised experience, and pass a national exam. More details on each of these steps are included below.
Idaho Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Submit an application to the Board to become a psychologist in training.
Once you have earned your doctoral degree, the first step you should take is to apply to become a psychologist in training. To do this, you will need to complete the Board’s Application for Psychology License form and submit it along with $175 in application and exam fees. You must also request that your graduate transcripts be mailed to the Board.
Once the Board has approved your application, you can begin practicing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist to complete the supervised experience requirements (see Step 2). You will also be able to take the required psychology exam (see Step 3) that you need to become licensed.
2. Gain two years (2,000 hours) of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.
In Idaho, you must complete two years (2,000 hours) of supervised professional experience (SPE), meaning that you are providing psychological services under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Each year must consist of at least 1,000 hours of work experience, and at least one of these years must be completed after you have earned your doctoral degree. The first year of SPE will likely be earned during your required predoctoral internship. However, if you did not attend an APA-accredited program and the Board determines that your internship does not meet their educational requirements, you may need to complete an additional year of postdoctoral supervised experience to earn the required number of hours.
While you are completing the remainder of your SPE hours as a psychologist in training, you must receive at least one hour of supervision per week for every 20 hours that you work. Within 30 days of beginning this work, you and your supervisor will also need to file a plan with the Board that includes information about how often you and your supervisor will meet and how the supervisor will review your work.
3. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
After you receive approval from the Board to begin work as a psychologist in training, they will also grant you permission to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which you will need to pass to earn your license. The EPPP is a national exam that assesses broad psychology knowledge, and it consists of 225 multiple-choice questions. To pass the EPPP, you will need to earn a scaled score of at least 500, and your scores will automatically be sent to the Board after you complete the test. It costs $687.50 to register for the EPPP.
If you are still working on completing your SPE hours after you have passed the EPPP, you may wish to apply to change your status to become a psychologist under supervision. To do this, you can submit the Application for Psychology License to the Board (checking the box indicating you are planning to practice as a psychologist under supervision) and submit it along with a $150 application fee. This is not a required step, and it may be helpful to consult with your employer or supervisor to determine if there is any reason for you to change your status with the Board.
4. Apply for a full psychology license.
When you have finished the EPPP and completed your SPE hours, your next step will be to apply for a full psychology license. To do this, complete the Board’s Application for Psychology License and submit it along with a $150 application fee. On this application, you will be asked to provide contact information for your SPE supervisors; the Board will mail these supervisors forms so that they can verify your SPE hours. Once the Board has documentation that you have completed all of the required steps for licensure, they will issue your psychology license. You cannot begin practicing independently in Idaho until you have received notification that they have issued your license.
Idaho Licensure by Endorsement
If you are licensed in another state but planning to work in Idaho, you may be interested in applying for licensure by endorsement or senior psychology status. You are eligible for licensure by endorsement if you hold a current license in another state and you:
- Have a Certificate of Professional Qualification
(CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
- Are registered with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists
- Hold a certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology(ABPP)
- Graduated from a Board-approved doctoral program in psychology and have two years (at least one postdoctoral) of supervised experience
- Graduated from a Board-approved doctoral program and have been practicing under your current license for at least five of the past seven years with no disciplinary actions
If you meet any of these criteria, you can apply for licensure by endorsement. Additionally, if you have held a license in another state for at least 20 years and have been actively practicing for at least five of the past seven years with no disciplinary actions, you are eligible to apply for licensure as a senior psychologist.
To apply for licensure by endorsement or senior psychologist status, complete the Application for Psychology License and submit it to the Board along with a $250 application fee.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
After you have received a license to practice psychology in Idaho, you will need to keep it active by renewing it each year. Before renewing it, however, you must complete 20 continuing education (CE) hours. A variety of activities can be counted towards CE requirements, including organized CE programs affiliated with universities or psychological organizations, presentations at conferences, and producing publications.
There are some additional Board rules about CE credits. Only 10 CE hours during a renewal period can come from online activities, and at least 14 hours must come from activities sponsored by educational institutions or psychological organizations. Every three years, you must complete at least four hours of CE activities pertaining to ethical and legal standards. If you earn more than the required number of CE credits during a renewal period, you can apply up to 20 hours to the next period.
Your license will expire every year on your birthday and the Board will mail you a renewal reminder about six weeks before your license expires. Once you have completed all your CE credits, you can renew your license through the online portal. You will need to pay a renewal fee of $250 each year.
Idaho Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the average salary for psychologists in Idaho (with the exception of postsecondary psychology teachers) is $74,635.1 The average annual salary for postsecondary psychology teachers is $89,740.1
Across all specialties, the number of psychologist jobs in Idaho is expected to increase by an average of 9.7% between 2016 and 2026.2 Projections suggest a particularly good outlook for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists, with an expected growth of 15.5% (in comparison, these jobs are only expected to increase by 14.2% on a national level).2 Similarly, psychology jobs in the “all other” category are expected to increase by 13.7% (as compared to 10.3% nationally).2 However, it is not predicted that there will be any job growth in Idaho in the area of industrial-organizational psychology during this time period, though this specialty is expected to expand by 5.9% nationally.2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||390||$64,020|
|Psychologists, All Other||50||$85,250|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||110||$89,740|
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 Idaho?
Becoming a psychologist in Idaho usually takes about 10 years, though there is variability in this depending on the program you attend for your doctoral degree, how long it takes you to earn your supervised hours, and whether or not you choose to earn a stand-alone master’s degree.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Idaho?
In Idaho, you need to earn a doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-approved program or one that has equivalent training. These programs offer either Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees.
How much do psychologists in Idaho make?
The average salary for a psychologist in Idaho (excluding postsecondary psychology teachers) is $74,635.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers make an average of $89,740 per year.1 A psychologist’s salary, however, will depend on many factors, including location, years of experience, and type of employer.
- Idaho Board of Psychological Examiners – State organization that issues psychology licenses.
- Idaho Psychological Association (IPA) – Organization dedicated to the advancement of the field of psychology in Idaho.
- Idaho School Psychologist Association (ISPA) – Organization advocating and providing resources for school psychologists in Idaho.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National psychology organization that provides a variety of resources, including CE opportunities and job listings.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Idaho: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_id.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm