EPPP Only - Next Steps After Passing the EPPP
Per A.A.C. R4-26-203.02, psychologist applicants who meet the requirements listed in this Rule may request approval to sit for the EPPP (pronounced Eē-Triple-Pē) before completion of the additional 1,500 hours of supervised experience required for licensure (A.R.S. § 32-2071(D)).
Applying for EPPP Only using the Psychologist Exam and/or Licensure application is a two-step approval process. The application is substantively reviewed by the Application Review Committee (ARC) and the Board two separate times:
- The first time, to obtain approval for authorization to sit for the EPPP.
- The second time occurs after the applicant has passed the EPPP and is seeking approval of the additional 1,500 hours of supervised experience for licensure as required under A.R.S. § 32-2071(D). The two Board reviews can potentially be three (3) years apart with the same application.
Verification of a minimum of 1,500 internship hours is needed for this application. There may be more than 1,500 hours, but cannot be less, and must be completed within 24 consecutive months. The internship must meet all the requirements in A.R.S. §32-2071(F). No other supervised experience verifications are required at this time.
Per A.A.C. R4-26-203.02(C), the application is administratively closed upon receipt of the applicant's passing EPPP score. Once the EPPP Only application is closed, the applicant will have 36 months (three years) to provide a written request to re-open the application for the purpose of approval of the additional 1,500 hours of supervised experience required for licensure. There are no further fees to the Board and no other application that needs to be submitted to reopen an EPPP Only application.
When the EPPP Only applicant emails the licensing specialist a written request to re-open their application, verification of the additional 1,500 supervised experience hours for licensure will be needed. In most instances, a postdoc verification is submitted. However, the additional hours may be any combination of preinternship, additional internship and/or postdoctoral hours per A.R.S. § 32-2071(D).
Potentially a new National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query and new references may also be needed if they have expired. The NPDB self-query is valid for 6 months from the date it was processed, and references are valid for 12 months. The application will need to go through the approval process again (be substantively reviewed and approved by the Application Review Committee and approved by the Board) before the applicant may qualify for licensure.
Once the Board has approved a re-opened application, the applicant’s license will be issued.