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Where Do I Start?

Where Do I Start?

If you wish to practice psychology in Arizona, you must be licensed by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners (Board).  You must submit an application for licensure to the Board and meet the minimum qualifications determined by Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S. or Statutes) and the Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C. or Rules).

  • The first minimum requirement for licensure is a doctorate in an applied psychology. You must have a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, educational or school psychology. (The only other doctorate that has been approved by the Board is forensic psychology that included all necessary supervised training. Regardless of all other factors (experience included), if you have not earned a doctoral degree in a health-service-delivery psychology program, you do not meet requirements to be licensed as a psychologist in Arizona per A.R.S. § 32-2071. This includes licensure by Universal Recognition, even if you hold a psychologist license in another state or territory.     
  • A license to practice psychology cannot be transferred from another state.  A license is only valid within the borders of the state that issued the license. Just because you were approved to practice in another state, does not guarantee that you meet requirements to practice in Arizona.   
  • Applications are not transferable between one state and another, either.  We cannot accept a copy of verifications you submitted to the New York, California, Kansas, etc. licensing board in lieu of Arizona's verification form.  Each state has its own regulations which will differ from one state to another, and since applications and verifications are crafted to determine if the requirements in statute and rule are met for that particular state, they are not interchangeable or transferable.  Even if your internship program was verified for your psychologist license in some other state or province, you still must submit Arizona's internship verification form to your supervisor for completion for the Arizona application for exam and/or licensure.
  • You may use some materials for Arizona's requirement for preinternship, internship and/or postdoc written training plans, such as California's documents for a Psychologist Associate license.  See the first page of Arizona's application of your choice to review the list of materials needed for that application. 
  • If you hold a license in another state and have established residence in Arizona, you may qualify to apply for licensure by Universal Recognition, which does not require verification of education and training. Please see "Three Pathways to Licensure", below, for more information. 
  • If you hold a credential recognized by this Board (listed below), and have been licensed in another state for 5 or more years, you may qualify to apply by Credential, which does not require verification of education and training. See "Three Pathways to Licensure", below, for more information.  

 

Statutes and Rules

Please go to the Statutes and Rules tab under Resources in the Navigation Menu on the right side of this page to review the statutes and rules that apply to psychologist licensure and regulation. 

Regarding the minimum requirements when applying for licensure, please see the list of related statutes and rules below. These are NOT all the statutes and rules of which applicants and licensees need to be aware.

Please note, Board staff are not qualified to interpret the statutes and rules. Please contact an attorney if you need interpretation.  You may also wish to contact an Arizona association dedicated to serving the psychology profession in Arizona. (Go to RESOURCES in the menu and click on RELATED LINKS to see a list of associations.) 

Related Arizona Revised Statutes:

Related Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C. or Rules):

 

Three Pathways to Licensure in Arizona

There are three applications (and therefore three pathways to licensure) that are available. Board staff cannot tell you what type of application to make. You must determine this for yourself. 

  • Use the Table of Contents on the Psychologist Applications (Psych Apps) page to go to each type of application.
  • Each application section on the Psychologist Applications page lists the qualifiers for using that application to apply for licensure. 
  • Depending on your professional history, you may qualify to apply by Universal Recognition or Credential.  In short, to apply for licensure by Universal Recognition, you MUST establish residence in Arizona and be able to provide evidence of this. If you have not established residence in Arizona, you DO NOT QUALIFY to apply for licensure using the Universal Recognition application. If you have a recognized credential (ABPP, CPQ or National Register/HSP) and have been licensed for 5 or more years in another state, use the Credential application.  
  • If you do not qualify for either of these pathways to licensure, use the standard application, Psychologist Application for Exam and/or Licensure.
    • On page 4 of the Exam and/or Licensure application PDF, there are four (4) basic categories, and a total of eight (8) possible selections.
    • Read the explanations for each, and make your selection based on where you are in your education, training, exam status and/or career. 
  • For each application PDF, the first page lists the documentation and verifications (application materials) needed for the Board to determine if you are qualified to be licensed in Arizona via the application pathway you choose to submit. Please use these instructions as a checklist, and read them carefully for comprehension.  
  • In each application, there are additional instructions at the beginning of various sections. To avoid delays and having to re-submit pages, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS before filling out the section. Do not assume. It just causes delays, and extra work for both you and Board staff.