New Hampshire Psychology Licensure Requirements
All practicing psychologists in New Hampshire must be licensed through the New Hampshire Board of Psychologists. To earn a license to practice psychology in the state, you must earn a doctoral degree in psychology, complete two years of supervised professional experience (SPE), pass two exams, and apply for licensure through the Board. Although this may seem like a lot of work, we’ve prepared a guide to help you get through these steps as efficiently as possible, starting from the very beginning of the process. On this page, you will find step-by-step instructions for each required component of becoming a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire. We’ve also included answers to common questions such as:
» How do I become a psychologist in New Hampshire?
» I have earned a PhD or PsyD and I am ready to learn how to get a psychologist license in New Hampshire.
» What are New Hampshire’s supervised professional experience rules and regulations?
» What psychology exams are required in New Hampshire?
» I am already a licensed psychologist in another state; how do I become licensed in New Hampshire by endorsement?
» How do I renew my psychology license in New Hampshire?
» How much do psychologists in New Hampshire make?
Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in New Hampshire
If the process of becoming a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire seems overwhelming at first, it may be helpful to think of it in terms of three major steps. First, you will need to complete a bachelor’s degree and may choose to earn a stand-alone master’s degree after that. Next, you must complete a doctoral degree in psychology. The third and final step is to complete New Hampshire’s requirements for licensure, including gaining supervised experience, and submit an application to the Board. See the sections below for more detailed information about each of these three steps.
1. Earn a bachelor’s degree and (optionally) a master’s degree in psychology.
If you have decided that you would like to become a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire, the first step to take is to earn a bachelor’s degree. These degrees usually take four years (120 credits) to finish if you are attending school full-time. You can major in any subject for this degree, but it can be helpful to take at least some psychology courses to help prepare you for applying to doctoral programs (see Step 2). When you complete your bachelor’s program, you will earn either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree depending on the school you attend and the subject you major in.
Some people choose to earn stand-alone master’s degrees in psychology after they have finished their bachelor’s degrees. Because you will likely earn a master’s degree during your doctoral program, this is optional. However, a stand-alone master’s degree can be a good step if you want more experience in psychology before applying to doctoral programs. Master’s programs usually take about two years (35-45 credit hours) and award either Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees. To be admitted into a master’s degree program in psychology, you may need to meet certain coursework prerequisites and will likely have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.
The next step towards psychology licensure in New Hampshire is to complete a doctoral program in psychology. These programs usually take four to seven years to complete, depending on the requirements of the particular program. Doctoral psychology programs award either Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology degrees. Before applying to doctoral programs, it will be helpful to educate yourself on the differences between these degrees.
In New Hampshire, an applicant for licensure must have received their doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution. The doctoral program itself must also meet certain requirements, including coursework in specific areas, a minimum amount of in-person attendance, and a predoctoral internship (which will later count towards your required supervised professional experience hours for licensure). If you earn a doctoral degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), it is automatically assumed to meet the Board’s requirements for doctoral programs. Otherwise, you will need to be able to provide documentation that your program met the requirements set forth by the Board.
For more information about programs in psychology you might consider applying to, please visit our Psychology Programs in New Hampshire page.
3. Get licensed to practice psychology in New Hampshire.
Once you have earned a PsyD or PhD in psychology, you can begin the process of becoming licensed in New Hampshire. To do this, you will need to complete two years of supervised professional experience, submit an application to the Board, and pass two exams. The sections below include more information about how to complete each of these steps.
New Hampshire Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Gain two years of supervised professional experience (SPE).
Before being issued a license to practice psychology in New Hampshire, you must complete two years (3,000 hours) of supervised professional experience (SPE). During both of these years, you must receive regular supervision from a licensed psychologist with whom you do not have a dual relationship (e.g., they cannot be family or a friend). Your supervisors do not need to fill out any specific forms for the Board while you are completing your SPE, but they will need to provide documentation of your experience later as part of your application to the Board (see Step 2).
The first year (1,500 hours) of SPE will be earned during the internship that you are required to complete during your doctoral program. If you attend an internship accredited by the APA or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the SPE hours you earn will automatically be accepted by the Board. If you attend an unaccredited internship, you will need to provide documentation to the Board when you submit your application that your program met equivalent requirements, which include two hours per week of supervision, two hours per week of didactics, and 375 face-to-face hours with patients.
The second year (1,500 hours) must be completed after you have earned your doctoral degree. You must receive at least one hour of individual supervision per week during this year (and at least 50 hours over the course of the year).
2. Submit your application to the Board.
After you have completed your SPE hours, the next required step is to complete the Board’s Application for Licensure as a Psychologist. This application has many components to it, but there is a helpful checklist on the fourth page that outlines all of the materials you will need to gather for this step. Some forms in this packet will need to be completed by past supervisors to document completion of your SPE hours. You will also need to request three letters of recommendation as well as your graduate transcripts and include them with your application. The application packet includes information about completing the required criminal background check, which costs $47.
Note that the Board also requires you respond to multiple essay questions about ethical issues related to the practice of psychology. These questions are included in the application packet and your responses must be deemed satisfactory by the Board. However, these questions are separate from the national psychology exam you will also need to pass to earn your license. Each essay question response must be at least 300 words long and include references to relevant sources such as the APA Code of Ethics.
Once you have gathered all of the materials required for your application, you can submit it to the Board along with a $300 application fee.
3. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).
To earn a psychology license in New Hampshire, you will also need to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), a national exam measuring broad knowledge of psychology. The EPPP consists of 225 multiple-choice questions and it costs $687.50 to register for the exam. To pass, you must earn a scaled score of at least 500, which is equivalent to answering about 70% of the questions correctly. After the Board has reviewed your application for licensure, they will grant you permission to take the EPPP and send you instructions for registration.
4. Receive your license from the Board.
After you complete the EPPP, your scores will automatically be transferred to the Board. When the Board receives your scores and determines that you have met all of the criteria for psychology licensure in New Hampshire, they will issue your license within five to seven days and mail you a hard copy of it. Once your license has been issued, you are eligible to begin practicing independently as a psychologist within the state.
New Hampshire Licensure by Endorsement
The New Hampshire Board of Psychologists does not have any formal reciprocity agreements with other states. However, if you hold a license in good standing in another state and your experience meets New Hampshire’s requirements for licensure (including two years of href=”#spe”>supervised professional experience), you can apply for a license through the Board. For this, you will need to complete and submit the Application for Licensure as a Psychologist packet to the Board. Be sure to include the Verification of Licensure/Certification from Another Jurisdiction form, as this will provide documentation of your current license. Note that you will need to complete the entire application packet, including the essay questions. It will cost a total of $347 for the criminal background check and the application fee.
You can also apply for licensure in New Hampshire if you hold a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), have a Health Service Psychologist credential from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, or are certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). If you meet one of these criteria, you can apply by completing and submitting the Application for Licensure as a Psychologist packet along with documentation of the credential you hold and a current curriculum vitae (CV). Total fees for this method of applying for licensure will also be $347.
Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information
Once you hold a psychology license in New Hampshire, you must renew it every two years. All licenses expire every two years on the last day of the month in which they were issued. Before renewing your license, you will need to earn 40 continuing education units (CEUs). At least 30 CEUs must come from “Category A” activities, which include continuing education opportunities that are affiliated with a Board-approved organization as well as graduate-level coursework in psychology. Up to 10 hours can be earned from “Category B” activities, which include workshops and seminars that do not fall into Category A, preparation and publication of manuscripts, and leading educational events. Additionally, at least three credits per year must be from activities related to ethics. For full details of the Board’s CEU rules, including hour limits on certain types of activities and approved organizations, see Section 402.01 of the Board’s legal statutes.
Once you have earned the required CEUs, you can apply for renewal by completing the Renewal Application form and submitting it to the Board along with a $300 renewal fee.
New Hampshire Psychology Jobs and Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary for counseling, clinical, and school psychologists is $80,220, which is only slightly below the national average of $81,330.1,3 Postsecondary psychology teachers in New Hampshire earn an average of $91,380 per year, which is higher than the national average of $85,050.1,3
The number of clinical, counseling, and school psychology positions in New Hampshire is expected to rise by 11.9% between 2016 and 2026.2 Although this is slightly lower than the 14.2% increase expected nationally for these types of jobs, it still suggests a positive outlook for anyone looking for a counseling, clinical, or school psychologist position in New Hampshire during these years.2 Postsecondary psychology teaching positions in New Hampshire are projected to increase by 9.7% during the same time period (compared to an expected national increase of 15.1%).2
|Occupation||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists||440||$80,220|
|Psychologists, All Other||N/A||N/A|
|Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary||250||$91,380|
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 New Hampshire?
From start to end, the entire process of becoming a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire takes about 10 years. However, the amount of time required varies based on factors such as how much coursework your doctoral program required or whether you earn a stand-alone master’s degree
after completing your bachelor’s degree.
What degree do I need to be a licensed psychologist in New Hampshire?
In New Hampshire, you must earn a doctoral degree in psychology, which will either be a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. You will need to complete this degree through an APA-accredited program or be able to provide documentation that you were given equivalent training.
How much do psychologists in New Hampshire make?
The average salary for practicing psychologists in New Hampshire (i.e., counseling, clinical, and school psychologists) is $80,220 per year.1 Postsecondary psychology teachers earn an average of $91,380 per year.1
- New Hampshire Board of Psychologists – State organization that regulates practice of psychology and issues licenses.
- New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) – State psychology organization with resources such as CEU opportunities .
- New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (NHASP) – Organization in support of school psychologists in New Hampshire.
- American Psychological Association (APA) – National psychology organization providing CEU opportunities, a yearly conference, and a variety of other resources.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, New Hampshire: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nh.htm
2. Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, United States: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm