Watson Lake, Prescott
Tips About the Application Process

Tips About the Application Process

  • A doctoral degree in an applied psychology is required for licensure as an independent psychologist in Arizona. Please see the detailed education and training requirements in A.R.S. § 32-2071
  • If you need mentoring regarding the application process and are a member of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) please contact AzPA for assistance.
  • Board staff strives to provide helpful information, but due to lack of time, is unable to answer individual questions that are already answered on the Board's website. Please see the Table of Contents on the Psychologist Applications page to review resources provided by the Board relative to requirements for approval to sit for the EPPP and/or licensure. 
  • All applicants using the Exam and/or Licensure application must meet ALL the requirements in  A.R.S. § 32-2071. There is only ONE exception to these requirements. A temporary waiver of doctoral program residency requirements as a result of SB1253 was passed by the Arizona State Legislature and approved by the Arizona Governor on April 9, 2021. This temporary law allows that from January 1, 2021 to September 1, 2023, the residency requirements in subsection A(5) and (K) of A.R.S. § 32-2071 are waived. The text of this waiver may be found in SB1253, on page 30, line 16 (Sec. 15. Licensure requirements: exemption; retroactivity). 
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to assess that their doctoral program and supervised experiences meet Arizona's requirements. Board staff cannot review your transcript and advise regarding this. Please see the FAQ regarding doctoral programs to assist you in making this assessment. Don't assume that the Board will be able to make an exception for you regarding a statute or rule requirement. Licensing Boards can do only that which is authorized in law. If the exception is not prescribed in law, the Board cannot do it. Please make this assessment before sending in an application and paying the non-refundable application fee.  
  • Online applications are coming soon, but are not yet available. All applications and forms on the Board's website are PDFs created in Adobe Acrobat and are form-fillable. This means the applications have form fields for typing your answers.  Applicants and verifiers should complete them in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or other Adobe PDF app/program to see all the fields and use the digital signature blocks. Yes, digital signatures are acceptable. Typed names are not digital signatures. 
  • DO NOT open and try to fill out any of these applications or forms in an app or program that alters the formatting (including Docusign)! All other programs and apps change the functions of the document. Applications or forms that have been altered from the original formatting will be rejected, delaying the processing of your application.
  • You may print the application and complete it "by hand" as long as your printing or handwriting is completely legible. Your g's and y's, 2's and 5's, 8's and 3's, etc. must be easily distinguishable. If the application can't be read, Board staff will require a re-do, further delaying the processing of your application.
  • PLEASE READ EVERYTHING. Do NOT just scan and assume. Applicants for licensure are responsible for reviewing the statutes and rules that prescribe the various application options and for understanding the requirements of that for which they are applying. These sources of authority are available on the Board's website. 
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to complete the application materials with accuracy and thoroughness. Use the first page of the application packet as your checklist relative to the supporting documentation needed to administratively complete your application.  Any false or misleading information in, or in connection with, an application may be cause for rejection of that application. Historically, when the Board has learned that a licensee omitted information that would have impacted the Board's decision on their application, the Board has taken diciplinary action such as probation, suspension or revocation of the license. Disciplinary actions are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.  
  • Please note, if you answer "yes" to any professional conduct question, appropriate documentation is required. Please see the PDF, "Appropriate Documentation for 'Yes' Answers" for a list of documents the Board requires for each professional conduct question that may be found in the psychologist applications. Your application cannot be considered administratively complete without the appropriate documentation. 
  • Board staff cannot advise what type of application for you to make, what answers you should give, or provide an interpretation of the statutes or rules. If you need advice, please contact a colleague, mentor, supervisor, or other experienced psychologist for this type of assistance. You may also wish to contact an Arizona association dedicated to supporting and advancing the psychologist profession in Arizona. Links to several associations have been provided on the Related Links page of the Board's website. Consult an attorney for an interpretation of the statutes and rules. 
  • Before submitting your application, save a copy for your own records. 
  • Please email the application to [email protected] or mail it using a delivery service. The Board is not responsible for lost mail. 
  • See How to Pay Application Fees for fee payment information. See Application for Fee Waiver if you believe you qualify for this. Again, use Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader for best experience when filling out an application or form. To see and use the digital signature block, open the application in Acrobat or Reader.
  • Time frame from receipt of application to approval averages 3-4 months and is entirely dependent on how quickly verifications are received. For example, if you wish to be licensed in July, please send your application in February or March. 
  • Applicants may request verifications or other documentation sent to the Board in advance of their application. Verifications, transcripts, and any other documents received in the Board's office (by email, mail, fax or delivery service) are retained for 12 months and are matched to the application once the application is received.
  • Please note, National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-queries and license verifications are valid for 6 months only.  If your application is not administratively complete six months after receipt of the above, a new NPDB self-query and/or new license verifications will be needed.  At the same time, some Boards may take up to two months to send license verifications to this Board. Please consider timing your requests for these materials accordingly.
  • Verifications for supervised experience hours must be submitted by the verifier (or verifier's staff) to [email protected].  
  • License verifications and official transcripts may be emailed to [email protected]
  • Allow up to 30 days for staff to complete the initial intake of your application and email you a notice of incomplete application (or administratively complete application if it is complete).  
  • A.A.C. R4-26-201 requires that an application be placed on an agenda if it is administratively complete 18 days prior to the next scheduled board meeting. This also means that an application that is not administratively complete cannot be placed on an agenda. "Administrative completeness" means that all required verifications and documentation have been received and processed by Board staff and the application fee has been paid.  Please be aware that staff has up to 100 applications open in various stages of completeness at any given time, and applications and documentation are processed in the order they are received.  If any item has not been received, you will receive a notice of incomplete application and your application will be placed on the next available agenda AFTER the needed documentation is received. 
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to request an update after the initial notice of deficiency has been emailed to the applicant by Board staff.  For updates regarding your application, please email the licensing specialist at [email protected].  It is up to the applicant to keep track of when documentation has been sent, and request an update regarding the Board's receipt of that documentation. 

 

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