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Oregon Psychology Licensure Requirements

Those wishing to become practicing psychologists within the state of Oregon will need to apply for licensure through the Oregon Board of Psychology. For approval, candidates must follow several state-specific guidelines. They will need a doctorate in psychology with an included practicum and internship, additional post-doctorate residency experience, and a completed background check and application with necessary supporting documentation. This guide is meant to help clarify this somewhat complicated process. Find answers below to some common questions individuals often have about licensure in Oregon:

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

Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Oregon

The process to become a psychologist in Oregon will be long and challenging. Candidates will need several years of high-level education and to meet many additional requirements. Find out what the three high-level steps are to get psychology licensure in Oregon state.

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

Those hoping to practice as psychologists in the state of Oregon will first need to earn their bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. They may complete either a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree, depending on the programs available at the school attended. A bachelor’s will typically take four years of full-time study and 120 credit hours to complete.

After they have finished their bachelor’s degrees, some individuals will complete a stand-alone master’s degree, which can be either a Master’s of Arts (MA) or Master’s of Science (MS) based on the options offered at an educational institution. Some master’s programs might require applicants to complete additional prerequisites to be granted admission if their undergraduate degree was not in psychology. Masters’ generally take two to three years to complete and vary in the number of required credits; some may be over 40 credit hours while others are over 50 credit hours. Masters’ can either be completed as stand-alone degrees or as part of the thesis portion of a doctorate and earned along with a PsyD or PhD in psychology. Doctoral programs will be described more in the next step.

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.

Those seeking licensure in Oregon state must have a doctoral degree in psychology, which can be either a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You can read about the differences between the two degrees in this article by the American Psychological Association (APA). To qualify for licensure in Oregon, the doctoral program you choose should have either APA or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accreditation or be regionally accredited or provincially/territorially chartered. It should require at least three full years of study with one 12-month or two back-to-back semesters of in-residence in which students are physically present at the degree-granting institution. Programs must also provide clinical psychology coursework and at least 18 semester hours in the areas of personality and intellectual assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and evaluating intervention. If programs fail to meet core or clinical coursework guidelines, applicants have the opportunity to make up any deficiencies as long as they are not over six semester or nine quarter hours.

Programs should also include practicums of at least 300 hours over a minimum of two semesters as well as 1,500 or more hours of supervised internship experience within the span of 24 months. At least 25% of internship hours must be spent in direct client contact. For every 40 hours, students must have two hours of face-to-face supervision on direct psychological services and two hours of other activities such as co-therapy sessions with staff, seminars, or case conferences.

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3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Oregon.

Beyond years of education, there are several more steps required to become a psychologist in Oregon state. These include completing a fingerprinting process, submitting an application, gaining extensive experience, and passing both national and state examinations.

Oregon Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete fingerprinting procedures.

Candidates for psychology licensure in Oregon will need to complete fingerprinting procedures. They must go to the Fieldprint Oregon website to schedule an appointment after signing up as a new user, using the Fieldprint code “FPORBdPsychExaminersDAS.” After providing contact and demographic information, an appointment can be selected at a location of your choice. After selection, print the confirmation page and bring it to the fingerprint appointment in addition to two types of identification.

4. Submit your application to the Board.

Some documents, references, and a background check may be sent to the Board before the submission of an application. Candidates can begin sending in these materials as soon as six months prior to graduation, but not before. For applications to be considered complete, the Board must have reference forms from each supervisor used during internships as well as three professional reference forms from colleagues willing to confirm professional behavior and the ability to practice in the field of psychology. A transcript with dates degrees were conferred and a university director of training reference form will also be required. In addition to this, the included social security authorization form will need to be finished. The race, ethnicity, and language skills questionnaire is optional. For individuals who completed programs lacking American Psychological Association (APA) or Canadian Psychological Association accreditation, they must also send in a university accreditation form, education record in psychology form, and internship site director reference form. Applicants must pay a non-refundable $365.00 fee with their applications, which includes the costs of a background check. Payment must arrive along with the application.

If all accompanying documentation has been sent in addition to the application and fee, the review process will begin. Those who wish to track the status of their applications may do so online. The review should take approximately two weeks, after which applicants will be notified if they have gained approval. Following approval, psychology candidates can request to take the required exams (see Step 3 below) as well as approval for a residency contract.

2. Gain one year of supervised post-doctoral professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.

Post-doctoral supervised work experience cannot be started until after a doctorate degree is conferred. A Resident Supervision Contract must be submitted and approved by the Board for those pursuing their post-doctoral supervised work experience in Oregon. Although it may be submitted before application approval, residency contracts will not be granted until afterward. It is important to note that beginning residency requirements and practicing psychology without a contract is illegal, so these hours will not count and individuals may be sanctioned by the Board. Following approval, supervised post-doctoral experience must meet several requirements in order to be valid. It must include at a minimum of 1,500 hours and last no fewer than 12 full months. It must also not exceed two years following contract approval. Those in supervisory roles must be licensed with at least two years of professional experience and meet with trainees face-to-face for one or more hours of individual supervision for each one to twenty hours in a work week. Over 20 hours during a week will require two hours of supervision, either both individually or one individually and one in a group.

Those completing their residency should maintain an up-to-date record of supervised hours form while they go and submit it following hour completion. A Final Resident Evaluation Form and Final Supervisor Evaluation Form signed by the relevant parties will also be required after the residency is over. These forms must be submitted within 30 days of the contract end date.

3. Pass the Oregon psychology licensing exams.

Exams required for those seeking psychology licensure in Oregon state include the Board-administered jurisprudence exam and the ASPPB (PES) Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). A written request to take the EPPP must be sent to the Board by either mail, email, or fax and an email with registration information will be sent following confirmation of eligibility. A scaled score of 500 is passing, and results will be available on the Thursday of the week following that of your exam. The jurisprudence examination is given twice yearly, and written requests to take the test must be mailed at least 30 days prior to the exam date along with a $155.00 check or money order. Passing scores vary based on score distribution and results will be posted the Wednesday after a Friday exam. The jurisprudence and the EPPP exam may be taken before post-doctoral supervised work experience is finished and in any order. Candidates must complete both tests and all experience to become licensed within two years of receiving application approval.

4. Receive your psychology license from the Board.

Licenses will be granted a few days to a week after the last remaining requirement is met and the Board will send out both a scanned copy via email and a hard copy by regular mail.

Oregon Licensure by Endorsement

Those applying for licensure by endorsement will fill out one of two forms depending on the extent of their experience. Those who have had an active psychologists license for fewer than 15 years will fill out this endorsement application while those with active license for 15 or more will complete an alternate endorsement application. Both require a $365 fee.

Additional materials required include endorsement reference forms, license verification requests, license documentation sent from the granting Board or credentialing organization, and a background check. For those who completed programs without APA or CPA accreditation, in-residence requirement details, university accreditation form, educational record in psychology form, and internship site director reference forms will be required. EPPP score verification will be necessary for those with fewer than 15 years of experience and these individuals will also be required to meet the same post-doctoral supervised work experience as regular licensure candidates. Those with 15 or more years of practice will not be required to send EPPP score verification and are also exempt from post-doc hour requirements.

Once the office has the application and any additional paperwork the review process will begin. This should take two weeks or fewer, after which a notification of approval will be sent. Applicants can then take the jurisprudence exam before their license is confirmed.

Associate Psychologist

Those who wish to practice psychology without a doctoral degree can work as associate psychologists to test mental abilities, assess personalities, and counsel others while under periods of direct supervision by a licensed psychologist. Some individuals who petition the Board may be granted exemption from supervision requirements. Associate psychologists in Oregon state must have a master’s in psychology from a regionally accredited or provincially or territorially chartered educational institution. Programs should require at least a one-year residency.

Associate psychologists also need three years of required post-master’s supervised work experience gained while under a resident supervision contract approved by the Board. Candidates for associate psychologist licensure will need to fill out an application, accompanying materials, and a $365 fee made payable to the Oregon Board of Psychology.

Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information

Psychologists with an even-numbered license will need to renew it in odd years, and those with an odd-numbered license will renew it in even years. Renewal deadlines are the last day of a licensee’s birth month and notices for renewal will be sent out a minimum of six weeks beforehand. Those who cannot find their renewal notices may fill out a Replacement Renewal Notice and Affidavit online. Renewal fees are $784 and psychologists must provide a healthcare workforce data survey and associated fee as well.

In the Renewal Notice and Affidavit, psychologists will confirm they have met all continuing education requirements and disclose any felony, criminal, or discipline history. 40 credits of continuing education (CE) should be completed within the two years before license renewal, including four hours in ethics and/or laws and regulations concerning psychology in the state of Oregon. There is a continuous requirement of four hours of cultural competency and a one-time requirement of seven hours in pain management as well. Extra CE hours cannot be applied towards the next period. Further information on CE is outlined in the Oregon Board of Psychologist Examiners Continuing Education Overview.

Oklahoma Psychology Jobs and Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Oregon make an average yearly salary of $93,070 (the fifth-highest in the nation), while psychology postsecondary teachers make an annual mean wage of $73,930.1,2 All other psychologists earn the highest average salaries of psychologists in the state, $96,150 per year.1 The long-term data from Projections Central predicts that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists will experience the largest growth with an increase of 15.9% in Oregon by the year 2026.3 All other psychologists (not including teachers) have a predicted decline of -0.5% in the state by 2026.3

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists1,130$93,070
Industrial-Organizational PsychologistsN/AN/A
Psychologists, All Other180$96,150
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary510$73,930

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 Oregon?

An undergraduate degree in Oregon typically takes four years, and master’s degrees can take two to three years. State requirements mandate that doctoral programs last a minimum of three years of full-time study, but those that combine master’s degrees will be longer. In addition to this, there is a required one year of post-doctoral residency for licensure. It will likely take over 10 years for most individuals to gain their psychology licensure in the state of Oregon.

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

To be a licensed psychologist in Oregon, you will need a doctorate degree in psychology. The program must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), or have regional accreditation and an open application for APA or CPA approval. Programs with only regional accreditation may be approved as well as long as they meet a long list of Board-mandated standards.

How much do psychologists in Oregon make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Oregon generally earn an average salary of $93,070 a year, psychology postsecondary teachers earn a mean annual wage of $73,930, and all other psychologists make an average yearly salary of $96,150.1

Additional Resources

  • American Psychological Association (APA) – An organization comprised of clinicians, educators, researchers, and others who work together to advance the practice, understanding, and application of psychology and thereby improve lives.
  • Central Oregon Association of Psychologists (COAP) – This association helps psychologists meet their continued professional development requirements. It provides a combination of research, academic, and other types of activities for this purpose.
  • Oregon Psychological Association (OPA) – A non-profit devoted to promoting the science and application of psychology for the benefit of both its members and the general public. Works to advocate for those in the profession on a local, state, and national level.

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Oregon: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_or.htm
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017, 19-3031 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes193031.htm
3. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm