Maine Psychology Licensure Requirements
Becoming a licensed psychologist in Maine is a multi-step process that takes many years. You will need to complete a doctoral degree in psychology, work for multiple years under supervision, and pass two exams. To earn a license, you must apply through the Board of Examiners of Psychologists, which is the state organization that regulates the practice of psychology and issues licenses.
Because the path to becoming a licensed psychologist in Maine can be long and complex, we’ve prepared a thorough guide to help you through every step. We’ve also included answers to commonly asked questions about psychology licensure in Maine, including:
» How do I become a psychologist in Maine?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in Maine.
» What are Maine’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in Maine?
» Can I become licensed in Maine with only a master’s degree?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in Maine by endorsement?
» How do I renew my psychology license in Maine?
» How much do psychologists in Maine make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Maine
Although there are many specific tasks to complete before becoming a licensed psychologist in Maine, the overall process consists of three main steps. First, you must earn a bachelor’s degree; after this, you may choose to earn an optional master’s degree in psychology. Second, you will need to complete a doctoral degree in psychology. After you have met these educational requirements, the third and final step is to meet Maine’s specific requirements for licensure and apply for a license through the Board.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
If you have decided you would like to become a licensed psychologist, the first step is to complete a bachelor’s degree. Although you can major in any subject while earning this degree, it is helpful if you take some psychology courses, as these may be required for entry into master’s or doctoral programs in psychology. After completing your bachelor’s degree (which usually takes four years if you are attending full-time), you will earn either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
If you do not study psychology while you are an undergraduate or find yourself wanting more experience before applying to a doctoral program, you may opt to earn a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology after your bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree programs in psychology award either Master of Science (MS) or Master of Arts (MA) degrees, and usually take two to three years to complete. To be admitted into a master’s program in psychology, you may need to meet educational prerequisites (such as taking specific psychology courses) and take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Earning a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology is an optional step in the process of becoming a psychologist, however, and you will likely earn a master’s degree during your doctoral program.
In Maine, the Board of Examiners of Psychologists also issues psychological examiner licenses, which allow for supervised practice as a master’s-level clinician. If you don’t want to go through all of the steps of becoming a licensed psychologist but would still like to work in psychology, this could be another compelling reason to consider earning a stand-alone master’s degree.
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
After you have completed a bachelor’s degree (and a stand-alone master’s degree in psychology, if you choose), the next step towards psychology licensure in Maine is to earn a doctoral degree in psychology. The length of these programs varies based on coursework and other training requirements, but they usually take between four and seven years to finish. Doctoral psychology programs in the United States typically award one of two degrees: a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology. Although there are many similarities between these degrees, it is recommended that you become familiar with the differences between them before applying to doctoral programs.
In Maine, you must earn your doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), or provides equivalent training. Note that to meet the Board’s criteria for equivalency, the doctoral program must include a year-long predoctoral internship, which will count towards the supervised experience requirements for licensure.
Please visit our Psychology Schools in Maine page for more information about programs that may help you meet these educational requirements.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Maine.
After earning your doctoral degree in psychology, you will be prepared to begin working on the steps to earn a psychology license. This will include completing additional supervised experience, applying for licensure through the Board, and passing two exams. Below are more details about each of these steps.
Maine Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Gain two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.
For psychology licensure in Maine, the Board requires that you complete two years (3,000 hours) of supervised professional experience (SPE). One year (1,500 hours) of this will come from the predoctoral internship that is part of your Board-approved doctoral program. While you are a predoctoral intern, you must receive at least two hours per week of individual supervision from a licensed psychologist and spend at least 50% of your time in activities related to providing services to patients (25% of that service time must be spent in face-to-face work with patients).
The remaining year (1,500 hours) of SPE must be earned after you have completed your doctoral degree). While completing these post-doctoral hours, you must receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week from a licensed psychologist and another hour of didactic activities. Between 25% and 60% of your time during this year must be spent on patient service-related activities. When you apply for licensure, your internship and postdoctoral supervisors will need to complete forms verifying your SPE.
2. Submit an application to the Board for licensure.
After you have completed the Board’s SPE requirements, the next step is to submit an application for a psychology license to the Board. Some forms in the application will need to be completed by other people and returned to you, such as the Professional Reference form and the pages verifying your predoctoral and postdoctoral SPE. You must also request a sealed transcript from your doctoral program. Once you have gathered all of the materials needed for a complete application, mail it to the Board along with $321 for application and exam fees.
If you plan to continue working under the supervision of a licensed psychologist until your full license is issued, you should also include the application for a temporary psychologist license with your application packet (as well as an additional $200 fee). Once granted, this license will allow you to work under supervision for up to a year while you prepare to take the national psychology exam.
3. Pass the Maine psychology licensing exams.
There are two exams you will need to take to become licensed as a psychologist in Maine. One of these is Maine’s jurisprudence exam, which will test your knowledge of laws and ethical standards that will guide your practice as a psychologist. Once the Board has reviewed your application for licensure, they will mail you the materials for this exam. You must complete the exam and return it to them within 20 days, and a score of 80% or higher is considered passing.
In addition to the jurisprudence exam, you will also need to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is a national exam that tests broad knowledge of psychology. It will cost an additional $687.50 to take the EPPP, and the Board will send you instructions for registration after they process your initial application. There are 225 multiple-choice questions on the EPPP, and you must earn a score of 70% (equivalent to a scaled score of 500) or higher to pass. Scores from the exam will be automatically sent to the Board. You have up to a year to complete the EPPP after you receive permission from the Board to register for it.
4. Receive your license from the Board.
Once you have completed all of the requirements above—congratulations! You should receive your psychology license shortly. You can check the status of your license online at any time through the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Once your license has been issued, your status will be updated to “active” and you can begin practicing independently. You will also receive a paper copy of your license in the mail, though it may take several weeks for this to arrive after your license has been issued.
Maine Licensure by Endorsement
If you are licensed in another state, you may be eligible for a psychology license in Maine. The Board does not have any reciprocity agreements with other states to allow for transfer of licenses; however, you can apply for a Maine psychology license if you meet the Board’s criteria for licensure that are described above on this page (Board-approved doctoral degree, two years of SPE, and completion of EPPP). If you meet these criteria, you can apply for a license by submitting a completed application for a psychology license to the Board along with $271 in fees.
You can also apply for licensure in Maine if you hold a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) or belong to the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. If you meet one of these criteria, you can apply for a psychology license in Maine by completing the Board’s application for psychologists who hold these credentials and paying an application fee of $271.
Before receiving a license through either one of these methods, you will need to take Maine’s jurisprudence exam and receive a score of at least 80%. If you want to begin practicing before you complete this exam and your full license is issued, you can include the application for a conditional license with your application packet (as well as an additional $200 fee). Once your conditional license is issued, this will allow you to practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist until you receive your full license to practice psychology in Maine.
Maine is one of the states that also issues licenses to master’s-level clinicians. To be eligible for a psychological examiner license in Maine, you must hold a master’s degree in psychology. This degree must be awarded from a NASP-approved program or one that meets the Board’s criteria for training, which includes supervised practicum experience, two full years of training (at least 48 credit hours), and coursework in specific areas. You will also need to complete 1,500 hours of SPE (with at least three hours of supervision per week) before applying for licensure. The SPE hours can be completed at any time after you have finished at least one year of training in your master’s program.
To apply for licensure as a psychological examiner in Maine, complete the psychological examiner application and return it to the Board along with $321 for application and exam fees. You can include the application for a temporary psychologist examiner license (and an additional $200) if you would like to work under supervision until you have completed the required exams (see below) and your permanent license is issued.
To earn your license, you will also need to take EPPP and the jurisprudence exam. To pass these, you must earn at least a 65% on the EPPP and an 80% on the jurisprudence exam. Once issued, a psychological examiner license will allow you to administer and interpret psychological testing under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. You can also apply to extend your services to include some types of intervention by submitting the application for intervention privileges to the Board.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
After you have earned a license to practice psychology in Maine, you must renew it by April 30 each year to keep it active. Licenses can be renewed online through Maine’s Regulatory Licensing and Permitting website, and you must pay a fee of $125 each time you renew.
In addition to renewing your license online, you must complete 40 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every two years. Activities that can be used for CPE include attending seminars and workshops, organized distance learning programs, graduate-level coursework, and working on academic materials to be published. If a CPE activity is not sponsored by a Board-approved organization, you must request approval from the Board. Of the 40 CPE hours that are required biennially, at least three hours must be in the topic of ethics and 20 must be in your specific area of practice or ones you plan to expand to in the future. If you supervise any clinicians, you must also complete three hours of CPE education in supervision. You will need to attest to having completed the Board’s CPE requirements on your renewal forms on even-numbered years.
Maine Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for practicing psychologists in Maine (excluding postsecondary psychology teachers) is $77,475.1 The average salary for postsecondary psychology teachers is $72,110.1
Projections for the number of psychology jobs in Maine suggest that there will be only modest growth in the number of positions available between 2016 and 2026, particularly in comparison to national averages. The average amount of growth expected across fields of practicing psychology in Maine is 2.4%, while the national average is 12.25%.2 The number of clinical, counseling, and school psychology jobs in Maine is projected to increase by 4.8% during this time period (national projected growth: 14.2%), and there is not expected to be an increase in psychology jobs in the “all other” category (national projected growth: 10.3%).2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||250||$73,660|
|Psychologists, All Other||50||$81,290|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||190||$72,110|
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 Maine?
The entire process of becoming a licensed psychologist in Maine usually takes about 10 years. You will need to complete a doctoral degree in psychology, earn an additional year of supervised experience after your doctoral degree, and pass multiple exams. However, the amount of time this process takes can vary based on variables such as the graduate program you attend and how long you take to complete the national psychology exam.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in Maine?
To earn a license to practice psychology in Maine, you must earn a doctoral degree in psychology, which will be either a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). In Maine, however, you can also apply for a license to become a psychological examiner with a master’s degree in psychology.
How much do psychologists in Maine make?
Across fields of practicing psychology in Maine, the average salary is $77,475.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $72,110 per year.1
- Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists – Organization regulating the practice of psychology in Maine.
- Maine Psychological Association (MEPA) – Organization that works to advance the field of psychology in Maine.
- Maine Association of School Psychologists (MASP) – State association with resources for school psychologists.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National organization to promote and advance psychology practice and research.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Maine: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_me.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm