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Wyoming Psychology Licensure Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a psychologist in Wyoming, you must become licensed through the Wyoming Board of Psychology. Licensed psychologist applicants must complete certain educational requirements, fulfill supervised professional experience hours, pass a national examination, and submit an application to the Board. We’ve put together the following guide to help you navigate the years-long process, step by step. Some common questions about psychology licensure include:

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

Three Steps to Becoming a Psychologist in Wyoming

Becoming a licensed psychologist in Wyoming may be a long process, but the requirements of the Board of Psychology are clear. Before starting the application process and professional experience training, you will need to complete an educational foundation in psychology that includes undergraduate and advanced degrees. Find details about how to become a licensed psychologist in the state of Wyoming below.

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

To become a psychologist in Wyoming, you first need to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related subject. Students can choose a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA); both bachelor’s degrees require around 120 credit hours to complete. Most students complete their undergraduate degree in four years on a full-time schedule or longer on a part-time basis.

After completing an undergraduate degree, you may choose to enroll in a master’s psychology degree program. Full-time Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS) degrees in psychology can typically be finished in two years, and most programs range from 36 to 54 semester hours. If you have an undergraduate major other than psychology, you may need to complete additional foundational psychology courses before moving on to an advanced psychology degree. Note that many advanced psychology degree programs combine a master’s and doctoral degree (see Step 2), which allows you to combine your master’s-level graduate work with your doctoral psychology program. If you are interested in entering the field without becoming a licensed psychologist, Wyoming has two psychology certifications available to individuals with a master’s degree in psychology: psychological practitioner and specialist in school psychology. If one of these options interests you, a stand-alone master’s in psychology may be a path to consider.

2. Earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology.

Before becoming a licensed psychologist in Wyoming, you must first earn your Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology. While the two degrees can both qualify you for licensure in Wyoming, there are some key differences between the qualifications. You can read about the differences between PsyD and PhD on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) website. To qualify you for a license in Wyoming, a doctoral program must be accredited both regionally and by the American Psychological Association (APA). The doctoral program must include at least three academic years of full-time study with a minimum of 40 semester hours (60 quarter hours) of graduate coursework. Most doctoral psychology degrees take between four and seven years to complete, depending on the school’s specialties and whether master’s degree coursework is included in the program.

Your doctoral degree must include a pre-doctoral internship that is accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation or is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Pre-internship training is an organized, sequential series in association with a doctoral degree program, and the experience and the training goals are documented by the student and the program. It can include up to 1,500 hours, or one year, of training activities.

For more information about the doctoral programs offered in Wyoming, see our Psychology Schools in Wyoming page.

3. Get licensed to practice psychology in Wyoming.

After fulfilling all of the educational requirements, there are still a few more steps to complete before obtaining your psychology license. These include gaining professional experience in psychology, taking a national exam, and submitting your application materials. Read on below to learn about this process and additional requirements from the Wyoming Board of Psychology.

Wyoming Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Gain at least two years of supervised professional experience (SPE) in your area of training.

To apply for psychology licensure in Wyoming, applicants must complete a total of 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience related to the practice of psychology over the course of no less than two years.

In addition to 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral experience (see Step 2 of the previous section), your supervised professional experience hours must include 1,500 hours of post-doctoral experience. You can choose to complete post-doctoral experience through a training program accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers, or through supervised professional experience that is verified and documented by a supervisor who has practiced psychology for at least two years. Individuals have the option of completing post-doctoral experience hours with a provisional license, granted by the state to those who work in rural community mental health centers where there are no other psychologists.

2. Submit your application to the Board.

Next, applicants must submit multiple forms to the Wyoming Board of Psychology, including a Psychologist License application, official transcripts, and verification forms of supervised pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internships and professional experience. The application will need to be notarized, and the application fee is $275. The Board will notify you if your application is sufficient for you to move on to the next step.

3. Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP).

Every state requires psychology licensure applicants to pass a national exam that tests your ability to understand and implement complex psychological ideas, theories, and practices. In order to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), you must earn a scaled score of 500 or better. The EPPP test fee is $687.50. The examination must be passed within two years of the Board granting you permission to take the examination.

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) offers an EPPP practice exam to all applicants. The practice test will help you understand the scope of questions on the exam and allow you to practice answering the questions in a timed manner.

4. Receive your license from the Board.

Once you have received passing exam scores, your application will be presented to the Application Review Committee of the Board for a decision regarding licensure. When the Board issues you a license, you will receive a wall document with your full name, discipline designation, and license serial number.

Wyoming Licensure by Endorsement

Psychologists who have been licensed in a state other than Wyoming must complete many of the same steps as first-time applicants. You must submit a license and certification verification form to the Board to prove your out-of-state licensure. You must still satisfy all other requirements for an initial Wyoming psychologist license and submit pages one, four, five, and six of the application form, as well as submit official transcripts, verification of EPPP scores, a history of professional experience, and an application fee of $275. Application information can be found on the Wyoming Board of Psychology’s website.

The Board also offers a temporary license to individuals certified by a board of psychology in another jurisdiction, if the standards are deemed to equal or exceed the licensure requirements in Wyoming. This temporary license allows individuals to offer psychology services for no more than 30 days in a given year while they wait for their out-of-state licensure credentials to be transferred. Applicants can fill out a Temporary Licensure Application and submit a $150 application fee.

Other Psychology Licenses in Wyoming

Provisional License

The Wyoming Board of Psychology offers provisional licenses that allow mental health centers in rural Wyoming to employ candidates who have finished their doctoral degree and have completed an internship, but who have yet to complete their supervised professional experience and/or EPPP examination. These applicants can be employed by community mental health centers where there are no other psychologists. The provisional license is valid for one year with an optional renewal for one additional year. Provisional candidates must fill out a standard Wyoming psychologist license application and submit the $275 application fee.

Psychological Practitioner Certificate

Psychological practitioners must have a minimum of a master’s degree in psychology from an accredited institution and have completed a minimum of 42 graduate hours in psychology. You must also complete 450 hours of supervised and documented practicum or internship experience in one or two placements. Finally, you must take the same EPPP examination as licensed psychologists, but the threshold is a scaled score of 450. The Psychological Practitioner Application can be found on the Board’s website. Psychological practitioners in Wyoming can practice psychology with only a master’s degree, but they must be supervised by a licensed psychologist.

Specialist in School Psychology Certificate

The Wyoming Board of Psychology requires that specialists in school psychology applicants complete a master’s degree in school psychology plus at least 30 additionally graduate semester hours. Before submitting an application, you must fulfill the 1,200 hour supervised internship requirement. The applicant must also pass the National School Psychology Examination (NSPE) with a score that is equal to or greater than the benchmark score determined by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Specialists in school psychology cannot independently practice psychology and must work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Licensing Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Information

Psychologists in Wyoming must renew their license by June 30 of every year. A renewal notice is sent by mail no later than 30 days prior to the expiration date, and you must postmark or electronically return the renewal application by June 30. The annual license renewal fee is $200.

Psychology license holders also must prove that they have completed 30 hours of continuing education (CE) in the 48 months preceding their renewal date. You can complete these hours through designated activities. Up to 20 hours may be earned through activities approved by the Wyoming Psychology Association (WPA) and Wyoming School Psychology Association (WSPA), and at least 10 hours must be earned through activities approved by the American Psychology Association (APA) or National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). These hours must be documented and able to be submitted to the Board upon request.

Wyoming Psychology Jobs and Salary Information

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Wyoming earn an average salary of $71,300 and postsecondary psychology teachers earn $69,370.1 Projections Central predicts that psychologist positions in Wyoming will grow by an average of 8.3% to 8.8% through 2026.2 Postsecondary psychology teacher positions in Wyoming are expected to grow at a slightly faster rate, increasing by 10.6% between 2016 and 2026.2

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists230$71,300
Industrial-Organizational PsychologistsN/AN/A
Psychologists, All Other30N/A
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary50$69,370

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 Wyoming?

The amount of time usually depends on how quickly you complete the educational requirements for psychology licensure. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years, stand-alone master’s degrees usually take two years, and doctoral programs can take anywhere from four to seven years. Wyoming requires an additional two years of verified professional experience, although one year is typically completed during your doctoral program. In total, most individuals spend around a decade to become a psychologist, although the process may take shorter or longer depending on your choices.

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

The Wyoming Board of Psychology requires that you earn a doctoral degree, whether a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in psychology to apply for licensure.

How much do psychologists in Wyoming make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary information for Wyoming clinical, counseling, and school psychologists at an average of $71,300 annually, while “all other” psychologist and industrial-organizational psychologist salaries are not reported.1 However, postsecondary psychology teachers in the state earn an average of $69,370.1

Additional Resources

References:
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Wyoming: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wy.htm
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026): http://www.projectionscentral.com/projections/longterm