EPPP and the Arizona Board
- The EPPP (pronounced Eē-Triple-Pē) is the national exam certain applicants for psychologist licensure must pass in order to be licensed in Arizona. EPPP stands for Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. The exam is developed and administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).
- Since 1963, this standardized exam has assessed the core knowledge required to competently practice psychology independently.
- In 2020, after years of research and development, ASPPB launched a second part to the EPPP that assesses the core skills required for competent health service delivery. (Please see the EPPP Candidate Handbook for more information.)
- At this time, if a qualified individual wishes to take the EPPP, they must apply for approval to take the exam from a state or provincial psychologist licensing Board.
- Each Board has its own statutes, rules and policies regarding qualifications and requirements applicants must meet. Each Board has its own methods, processes, procedures and forms that are based on statute and rule requirements. A Board can only do what the state or province's laws authorize. If a waiver of a requirement is not provided for in law, the Board cannot waive a requirement.
- The Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners (Board) became an early adopter of Part 2. As of November 1, 2020, new applicants who are not licensed are required to pass both parts of the EPPP in order to qualify for licensure. Applicants must pass Part 1 before they can take Part 2.
- If an applicant holds an unrestricted license for independent practice in another state or province, having already passed Part 1-Knowledge, the applicant is "grandfathered in" and the requirement for a passing score on Part 2 is waived. There is no set amount of time an individual must be licensed in another state to qualify for this waiver.
- Apply for approval to sit for the EPPP by submitting the application, "Psychologist Application for Exam and/or Licensure". The application can be downloaded from the Psychologist Applications page of the Board's website. Use the first page of the application as your checklist for materials you need to submit and materials you need to cause to be submitted to administratively complete your application.
- If you have an ADA disability, please see How to Request Testing Accommodations for the EPPP.
- When the Board approves an applicant to sit for the EPPP, the approval is for BOTH PARTS of the EPPP, and is specific to the application submitted. It does not extend to any potential future applications or reapplications the individual might make to the Board.
- Upon approval by the Board, staff enters a workflow for approved applicants (now EPPP candidates) in Certemy, ASPPB's online platform, for BOTH parts of the exam at the same time. This allows a candidate to register for Part 2 ASAP after passing Part 1.
- After providing authorization to ASPPB and assigning workflows for Part 1 and/or Part 2, the Arizona Board is not involved in any aspect of the exam scheduling process.
- Remember, per ASPPB's EPPP Candidate Handbook, registration fees are nonrefundable. If you need to reschedule your exam, your fees to ASPPB and Pearson Vue may not be refundable. Please see ASPPB's handbook for instructions regarding rescheduling of your exam. At this time, the instructions begin on pg 13, but may change without notice.
- If your one-year deadline is approaching and you don't feel confident about passing the exam for whatever reason, you may email the Board and request an extension of time to take the EPPP. Please see the FAQ regarding extensions for more information relative to extensions.