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Wyoming Psychology Licensure Requirements

Psychologists in Wyoming are overseen by the Wyoming Board of Psychology. The Wyoming Board of Psychology’s mission is to ensure the qualification of psychologists practicing in the state in order to protect the welfare of Wyoming’s citizens. The licensing process for psychologists in Wyoming begins with a thorough education in psychology and continues with the accumulation of experience leading into licensure. Common questions about the process for prospective Wyoming licensees include:

» What do I need to do to become a psychologist in Wyoming?
» What are the next steps after earning a doctoral degree in psychology?
» Do I need to be certified to earn professionally supervised experience?
» How many experience hours are required for Wyoming psychology licensure?
» What is the minimum score I need to achieve on the EPPP?

Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Wyoming

1. Earn an Undergraduate and a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology or a closely related field is the starting point for licensure as a psychologist in Wyoming. After receiving an undergraduate degree, most candidates earn a master’s degree in psychology prior to enrolling in a doctoral program. Plan your educational track with more information about psychology programs in Wyoming from Psychology Degree 411.

2. Pursue Your Doctoral Degree in Psychology.

A doctorate in psychology is required to become a fully licensed psychologist in Wyoming. However, the board may issue provisional licenses to persons not meeting the ordinary qualifications for the practice of psychology for rural practice under the employment by a state or community health center. Further information on provisional licensing can be obtained through the Wyoming Board of Psychology.

Except for provisional licensure, a qualifying doctoral degree for psychology licensure must include at least three academic years of full time study encompassing at a minimum 40 semester hours (60 quarter hours) of graduate coursework.2

3. Follow the Wyoming Psychologist Licensing Process.

After completing the undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, candidates may begin the licensing process for psychologists in Wyoming.

Wyoming Psychologist Licensing Process

1. Complete the Pre-Doctoral Internship.

Candidates for licensure in psychology must complete a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association or through a program that claims membership in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. Up to 1,500 hours or one year of pre-doctoral internship or pre-internship experience may be counted towards the total 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience required for licensure.2 Note also that practicum, clerkship, or other training obtained or completed during pursuit of the doctoral degree as an educational requirement may be eligible for inclusion in the supervised experience hours.

2. Attempt the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology.

Prior to continuing in the process to becoming a licensed psychologist, Wyoming requires candidates for licensure to attempt the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). On the first attempt, candidates are not required to meet the same passing standards as licensed psychologists; a raw score of 130 or a scaled score of 450 is sufficient to continue with the licensing process.2 The passing score on the EPPP will be required at a later date; the lower standards for scoring are a prerequisite to certification for undertaking supervised experience.

3. Apply to Become a Psychological Practitioner.

The Wyoming Board of Psychology requires individuals who are providing psychology services who are not fully licensed psychologists to practice under the supervision of a licensed psychologist as a Psychologist Practitioner. This includes doctoral students who are obtaining experience as a prerequisite for licensing. Psychological Practitioners must have completed, at a minimum, 42 hours of graduate coursework, which includes graduate work at the master’s level.2 Psychological Practitioners are classified into one of three categories:2

  • Psychological Trainee. A psychological trainee must hold an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field and be pursuing an advanced degree in psychology while obtaining practical experience under supervision by a licensed psychologist.
  • Psychological Intern. A psychological intern holds a master’s degree in psychology and is pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology while receiving practical experience under supervision by a licensed psychologist.
  • Psychological Resident. A psychological resident holds a doctoral degree in psychology and is practicing psychology as an employee under supervision to obtain experience prior to pursuing licensing.

To become a Psychological Practitioner in any of these three categories, applicants must complete the Application for Provisional Psychologist License, which must be notarized. The candidate’s score on the EPPP should be forwarded directly to the Wyoming Board of Psychology from the test administrator. Applicants must also provide official transcripts for graduate work, an internship verification form, and three professional experience reference forms completed by licensed psychologists.

4. Execute the Post-Doctoral Supervision Agreement Form.

Prior to beginning the required post-doctoral supervised professional experience, the candidate for licensure and the supervisor(s) who will oversee supervised practice must complete the Post-Doctoral Supervision Agreement Form. This identifies the commitments of the supervisor(s) of professional experience and the candidate for licensure to following the supervision process outlined by the Wyoming Board of Psychology. Prior to the commencement of supervised experience, this form must be signed and dated by the prospective licensee and the supervisor(s) and forwarded to:

Wyoming State Board of Psychology
Emerson Building RM 104
2001 Capitol Ave
Cheyenne, WY 82002

5. Complete Supervised Professional Experience.

Wyoming requires prospective psychologists to obtain at least two years of supervised professional experience.2 At least one year or 1,500 hours of this training must be completed following the award of the doctoral degree.2 Post-doctoral supervised professional experience must include two hours of supervision for each 40 hours of experience, at least one hour of which supervision is face to face with a psychologist.2 No more than 1,500 hours may be accumulated and counted towards the experience requirements per calendar year. Thus, candidates who do not have 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral internship or pre-internship completed may find it necessary to commit to post-doctoral supervised professional experience for a period longer than one year in order to reach the required 3,000 hours.2

6. Complete the Application to Become a Psychologist.

The next step for prospective licensees is to complete the Application for Psychology. In addition to this form, candidates must submit the following supporting documents, if applicable to their experience:

  • Supervised Pre-Doctoral Internship Experience Verification, to be completed by each supervisor of pre-doctoral internship;
  • Supervised Pre-Internship Experience Verification, to be completed by each supervisor of pre-internship;
  • Supervised Post-Doctoral Work Experience Verification, to be completed by supervisors of post-doctoral work experience.

Up to date application fees as well as other applicable fees in the licensing process can be found in the Board of Psychology’s Rules and Regulations, Chapter 9.

7. Obtain a Passing Score on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology.

Wyoming requires that applicants for licensure as psychologists obtain a passing score on the EPPP. The Wyoming Board of Psychology considers a passing score to be 70% or a scaled score of 500 or above.2 Applicants must receive the permission of the Wyoming Board of Psychology to take the exam for the passing attempt, and must achieve a passing score within two years of receipt of the initial permission to test.2 Should an applicant not obtain a passing score in the first two years the applicant must wait an additional two years before re-applying for a psychologist’s license and receiving permission to re-attempt the EPPP.

Additional Requirements and Information

Prospective and current licensed psychologists in Wyoming can find answers to questions about the licensing and renewal process from the Wyoming Board of Psychology, including further information about:

  • Annual renewal and continuing education requirements for licensed psychologists
  • Ethical standards for psychologists practicing in Wyoming
  • Wyoming State Statutes and Rules and Regulations for Psychologists
  • Reciprocity and temporary licensure for out-of-state psychologists
  • Certification process for Specialists in School Psychology

References:
1. The Wyoming Board of Psychology: http://psychology.wyo.gov/
2. Wyoming Secretary of State Public Access to Rules – Department of Administration & Information, Board of Psychology Current Rules and Regulations: https://rules.wyo.gov/Search.aspx?mode=1