Utah Psychology Licensure Requirements
The practice and licensing of psychologists in Utah is regulated by the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Psychology, which holds as its mission the dual purposes of public protection and the encouragement of commerce. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing functions as the primary point of contact for prospective psychologists throughout the licensing process and throughout professional practice. Following are a few questions candidates regularly have about the licensing process for psychologists in Utah:
» What do I need to do to become a psychologist in Utah?
» Which doctoral programs are acceptable for licensure as a psychologist in Utah?
» How many hours of supervised professional experience are required to become licensed?
» Are there any required tests beyond the EPPP for prospective Utah psychologists?
» Where do I go for further information on the psychologist licensing process in Utah?
Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Utah
Let Psychology Degree 411 help you find out the next steps in your journey to becoming a licensed psychologist in Utah:
1. Earn an Undergraduate and a Master’s Level Degree in Psychology. To become licensed as a psychologist in Utah, it is necessary to obtain a doctoral degree. Since doctoral programs typically require candidates to have an undergraduate and a master’s degree in psychology for admission, earning these certifications is the first step towards becoming a fully licensed psychologist. You can see a list of schools in Utah offering undergraduate and advanced degrees.
2. Obtain a Doctoral Degree in Psychology. In Utah, doctoral degrees in psychology must be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association to qualify the candidate for licensure. There are several institutions offering doctoral degrees in psychology in Utah that can qualify candidates to take the next step in their psychology careers. You can check with the American Psychological Association for an up to date listing on accredited doctoral programs in multiple areas of practice.
3. Complete the Licensing Process for Psychologists in Utah. All psychologists must be licensed by Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Psychology to practice in the state of Utah. The next section on this page will walk you through the steps in the application and licensing process.
Utah Psychologist Licensing Process
1. Apply for Licensure as a Certified Psychology Resident.
In order to enroll in a post-doctoral residency program in psychology in Utah, a candidate must be licensed as a Certified Psychology Resident. Along with the Application for Licensure, Psychologist or Certified Psychology Resident, candidates for licensure as a certified psychology resident should request official transcripts from the school at which the doctoral degree in psychology was earned. These transcripts must be sent to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing directly from the school.
Although transcripts will be sent from the school to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, note that the Educational Course Listing section of the application for licensure must still be thoroughly completed or the approval of the application may be delayed.
2. Complete Supervised Training Under a Licensed Psychologist.
To qualify for a psychologist’s license in Utah, applicants must complete at least 4,000 hours of psychology training under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.2 The hours must be completed in not less than two years2, and must be completed in under four years after the award of a doctoral degree in psychology.4 The hours counted towards the requirement may not exceed forty hours per week for work classified as full-time and twenty hours per week for work classified as part-time.4
For the training to be considered adequate for a psychologist’s license, prospective psychologists must ensure that the psychologist supervisor is approved by the board prior to beginning training. Hours under the supervision of an individual who is not an approved psychology training supervisor will not be counted towards the 4,000-hour requirement. All supervised training must occur either while enrolled in an accepted doctoral program or while the candidate holds a valid license for certified psychology resident practice.4
3. Complete Mental Health Therapy Training (Mental Health Endorsement Only).
Psychologists who wish to practice mental health therapy must obtain at least 1,000 hours of mental health training to obtain the appropriate endorsement to the psychologist’s license for this practice area.2 The 1,000 hours may contribute towards the 4,000 hours of supervised training required for a psychologist’s license.2
4. Apply for Licensure as a Psychologist.
Candidates who are already licensed as Certified Psychology Residents in Utah are not required to resubmit doctoral transcripts or to complete the Educational Course Listing section of the application. However, all other sections must be completed, including the Verification of Supervised Experience form found in the licensure application. Note that all supervised training hours must be documented.
5. Take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.
Utah requires candidates for licensure as psychologists to achieve a passing score on the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Candidates must submit the initial application for licensure as a psychologist and receive permission from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to register for and take the EPPP. Upon approval, candidates will receive written confirmation of approval along with a registration form for the exam.
Candidates who took the EPPP in another state and achieved a satisfactory score are not required to retake the exam in Utah. These candidates can complete the Request for Score Transfer on the EPPP Form and send it to the EPPP Score Transfer Service to have exam results sent to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. This form should be faxed to (678) 216-1176 or mailed to:
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPBB)
PO Box 3097
Peachtree City, GA 30269
6. Take the Utah Psychology Law Examination.
After receiving a passing score on the EPPP, candidates become eligible to sit for the Utah Psychology Law Examination. As with the EPPP, candidates must first receive approval to be eligible to sit for the exam.
The Psychology Law Examination is given in multiple choice format, with test content centered on the licensing laws and rules of Utah, along with questions concerning the code of ethics for psychologists. To achieve a passing score, candidates must score 75% or above.3 Select reference materials are allowed in the testing center while the exam is being administered. For a full list of allowed materials as well as study recommendations, examine the registration packet provided by PSI, the test administrator.
Candidates have several options for registering to take the exam, including by phone, by fax, over the internet, and by mail. Exams are administered at PSI locations in Hurricane, North Orem, North Salt Lake City, and Sunset. It is also possible to take the test at PSI testing sites in other states.
Additional Requirements and Information
The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Psychology provides thorough instructions for license applications and guidelines for professional practice on its website, including:
- Work hour requirements for specialty area endorsements
- Licensure by endorsement for holders of psychologist’s licenses in other states
- License renewal periods and instructions
- Continuing education requirements and qualifications
1. State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Psychology: https://dopl.utah.gov/licensing/psychology.html
2. State of Utah Code, Title 58, Chapter 61: Psychologist Licensing Act: http://www.le.utah.gov/xcode/Title58/Chapter61/C58-61_1800010118000101.pdf
3. State of Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Psychology Law Examination Candidate Information Bulletin: https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=286&bulletinurl=.pdf
4. Utah Administrative Code R156-61 – Psychologist Licensing Act Rule: https://dopl.utah.gov/laws/R156-61.pdf
5. American Psychological Association Accredited Programs: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/