Psychologist Licensure by Examination


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Licensure Methods and Requirements

Examination

This method means the educational and supervised experience requirements for licensure are complete at the time of application. The national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Florida Laws and Rules examination must be taken and passed prior to licensure.

Examination with Waiver

This method means the educational, supervised experience and EPPP examination requirements for licensure are complete at the time of application. The EPPP must have been passed with a score acceptable to Florida. The Florida Laws and Rules examination must be taken and passed prior to licensure.

Bifurcation/Examination

This method means the educational requirement for licensure has been completed, but the post-doctoral supervised experience will not be complete at the time of application. Applicants under this method are able to proceed with sitting for the required examinations while completing the experience requirement. Verification of the post-doctoral supervised experience and passage of the EPPP and Florida Laws and Rules examinations will be required prior to licensure.

Bifurcation/Examination with Waiver

This method means the educational and EPPP examination requirements have been completed, but the post-doctoral supervised experience will not be completed at the time of application. The EPPP must have been passed with a score acceptable to Florida. Applicants under this method are able to proceed with sitting for the Florida Laws and Rules examination while completing the experience requirement.

Verification of the post-doctoral supervised experience and passage of the Florida Laws and Rules examination will be required prior to licensure.

 

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Application for licensure by examination requires the following:

EDUCATION

U.S. Trained Applicants: Submission of your official doctoral level (Ph.D., Psy.D. or Ed.D) transcript in psychology as proof of graduation from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). A list of accredited programs is available on the APA’s website at www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs. Please reference Sections 490.003 and 490.005, Florida Statutes, for further information.  Currently, the APA is the only “programmatic” accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education for doctoral level psychology programs.

EXPERIENCE

A total of 4000 hours of supervised experience. The Board accepts the doctoral level psychology internship in satisfaction of the first 2000 hours of the required experience. Applicants must complete the remaining 2000 hours as post-doctoral supervised experience according to the requirements of Rule 64B19-11.005, Florida Administrative Code. Bifurcation/Examination applicants may sit for the required examinations while completing any outstanding hours of the required post-doctoral supervised experience.

EXAMINATIONS

A passing score on the State of Florida’s psychology laws and rules examination is required along with passage of the EPPP administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). Please reference Rule 64B19-11.001, Florida Administrative Code, for further information. Applicants who have previously passed the EPPP with a score acceptable to Florida may apply under the Examination with Waiver application method. The waiver concept may also be applied to Bifurcation/Examination applicants who meet these criteria.

Applicants with Discipline History

Disciplinary History documentation must include: Board orders, disciplinary reports, court documents, arrest records, sentencing information, final disposition(s), restitution records, completion of probation, employment records and/or employment verifications, employer and/or colleague recommendation letters, etc.

Applicants with Personal History

Personal History documentation must include: date(s), location(s), specific circumstances, practitioners, facilities and treatment involved, etc. Your “yes” answers must be substantiated by official documents sent directly to us from treating physicians/practitioners/facilities.  Documentation from health care facilities and/or health care practitioners may indicate whether, based on the organization or individual’s professional opinion regarding services provided to you, it has been determined that you are able to safely render services to the public.

Applicants with Criminal History

Criminal History documentation must include for each offense: court and arrest records, sentencing information, final disposition(s), restitution records, proof of completion of probation and all other sanctions. If the records are no longer available, must have certification of their unavailability from the applicable clerk of courts office.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

  1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
    • For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
    • For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
  3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
  4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
  5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’€™s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities. The section above does not apply to candidates or applicants for initial licensure or certification who were enrolled in an educational or training program on or before July 1, 2009, which was recognized by a board or, if there is no board, recognized by the department, and who applied for licensure after July 1, 2012.

How to Apply for Licensure

Submit a completed application, fees and all required supporting documents to:
For Applications and Fees (Regular Mail)

Department of Health
Board of Psychology
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330

Without Fees (Regular Mail)
Department of Health
Board of Psychology
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-05
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255

The application package contains additional information regarding the application, the fees, other required documentation, and special testing accommodations due to ADA or religious conflict issues and examination information.

Application Deadlines
Section 120.60, Florida Statutes, states an agency is allowed 30 days from receipt of the application and fee to review an application and notify the applicant in writing of any deficiencies. If notification of application status has not been received within 40 days of the Department’s receipt of the application, you may contact the board’s administrative office. It is recommended that all applicants submit applications and documentation as far in advance of deadlines as possible. Every application for a license shall be approved or denied within 90 days after receipt of a completed application. To ensure that your application is reviewed at the next available board meeting, it must be complete 30 days prior to that board meeting.

Make cashier’s check or money order payable to the DOH/Board of Psychology

Application Fee $200.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $100.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
TOTAL FEE: $305.00

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Florida Statutes

Chapter 490: Psychology
Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act

Florida Administrative Codes

Rules: Chapter 64B19, Florida Administrative Code