Psychologist Applicants

EPPP-2 Clarification: Ohio is Not an Early Adopter

The Ohio Board of Psychology is a member of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), the owner and administrator of the EPPP examination program for psychologist licensure in the U.S. and Canada.  ASPPB will be offering its member boards the option of requiring a passing score on a "skills" examination as part of a pre-licensure examination process, the EPPP-2, beginning in January 2020. 

The Ohio Board will not be an early adopter of the EPPP-2. Therefore, Ohio licensure will continue to require a passing score on the current EPPP during 2020 and until further notice. Should the Board decide to require the EPPP-2 in the future, advance notification will be given, and this page will be updated with a timeline of implementation.

Psychologist Application Instructions, Checklists, and Forms

ON MAY 2, 2019 THE BOARD ELIMINATED THE REFERENCE LETTER REQUIREMENT FOR PSYCHOLOGIST AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST APPLICANTS

The application for an Ohio psychologist license is available here: https://elicense.ohio.gov

*Please note: You must add your degree/credentials as you would like them to appear on your license in the "last name" field, as there is not a field available to display academic degrees.

Once you have created an account, you will then be directed to a page on which you will choose "APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE."  Select "Psychology Board" and then the "Psychologist" option under "Select a License."  Finally, under "Select an Application Type," select from the following: General, Reciprocity, Senior, or PLUS. Upon saving and continuing through the eligibility questions, you will proceed through the application documenting your personal information, background information, conduct and legal questions, and attestations before submitting your application. You will be directed to a secure payment site to process your payment.  Following payment of the fee, you will receive an automated email and a receipt.

Submitting Materials to the Board

In addition to the application and fee, there are several things we’ll need to determine compliance with the requirements to be admitted to examination(s). Transcripts, letters of reference, and training verification forms are all accepted from the original source only by fax 614-728-7081 or email to info@psy.ohio.gov (note that this does not apply to PLUS applications, which are submitted to the Board by ASPPB). The last step in the licensure process is the oral examination. For admission to the oral examination, please find the requirements, based on the type of application you are submitting (general, reciprocity, senior, or PLUS), and scroll down to find links to forms and instructions.

General Application

EPPP admission. Candidates can be admitted to the EPPP upon receipt of the application/fee and a transcript showing a qualifying doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology.

Degree and 3,600 hour supervised training requirements. The primary requirements are a doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology from an institution accredited by a "national or regional accrediting agency" defined as: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools); Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges. The law requires a qualifying doctoral internship as part of the degree requirements—no less than 1,500 hours and no greater than 2,000 hours accrued in a period of no less than nine months (school psychology doctorates) and no more than 24 months. Internship supervision/training criteria must be met for non-accredited/non-APPIC member internships.

Non-accredited degree programs. Candidates with degrees from doctoral programs not accredited (e.g. APA) are required to demonstrate 3,600 hours of supervised training, at least 1,800 hours of which shall be post-doctoral.   

Options for graduates of accredited degree programs.  Because the pre-doctoral internship may be between 1,500 hours and 2,000 hours, the number of internship hours completed, when subtracted from 3,600, will determine the remainder of the hours required to demonstrate completion of the sequence of training.  These non-internship hours can be completed either before the internship, after the internship (including post-doc), or in combination. For example, a candidate completing a 2,000-hour internship will need to evidence 1,600 additional qualifying hours to complete the 3,600-hour sequence, while a candidate completing a 1,500-hour internship will need to evidence 2,100 additional qualifying hours to complete the sequence. 

The 3,600-hour sequence of training may be satisfied by completing an internship and by:

  1. Showing evidence of supervised training experience(s) after the internship (which may be pre-doctoral or post-doctoral), meeting requirements found in Board rules.  
  2. Showing evidence of qualifying doctoral program (practicum) training placements which must comply with requirements found in Board rules and are qualifying only after the following prerequisites were satisfied:
    1. Graduate academic coursework of a minimum of forty-eight semester hours or seventy-two quarter hours; and
    2. Introductory practicum experience(s) in applied professional psychology of a minimum duration of 400 hours.

Therefore, accredited doctoral program candidates earning the doctoral degree with less than 3,600 qualifying hours will be required to complete post-doctoral training in compliance with the new rules until the minimum 3,600-hour sequence is completed.

A note on license mobility and post-doc training. Most states and Canadian provinces continue to require post-doctoral training prior to granting a psychologist license, potentially leading to mobility problems for Ohio psychologists who apply for and receive the license without completing a post-doctoral year of training.  A possible unintended consequence when candidates seek the psychology license without completing a post-doctoral year is the risk of not currently meeting licensure requirements in approximately 80% of the states and provinces. The Board encourages applicants for licensure to consider potential licensure mobility barriers. 

General Application Checklist:

  1. Qualifying degree transcript: Doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology from an institution accredited by one of the six regional entities under the American Council on Education.
  2. EPPP score report from ASPPB
  3. Download the oral examination preparation manual, and return to the Board the signed acknowledgement: Oral Exam Manual Acknowledgment
  4. Verification of 3,600 hours qualifying supervised training:

Doctoral Internship (1,500—2,000 hours)

1. APA-accredited or APICC member internship: FORM​ A

-OR-

2. Non-accredited internship: FORM B (graduate program DCT) -AND- FORM C (internship site)

Post-Internship

1. APA-accredited or APICC member post-doc: FORM D

-OR-

2. Non-accredited post-internship training: FORM E

Pre-internship/practicum training (program must be APA-accredited)

1. Program (DCT) verification of approved pre-internship placements: FORM F

-AND-

2. Site supervisor verification(s) of pre-internship training: FORM G’s

6. Background check. Results are valid for one year. They may follow the oral exam and must be received/approved prior to issuance of license. This needs to be completed in Ohio at a Web Check location. There is a link below for sites and instructions.

Reciprocity/Endorsement Application Checklist:

If you hold an ABPP, CPQ or NR Heath Service Psychologist designation, please choose this option.

  1. Direct verification of active ABPP, CPQ or National Register Health Service Psychologist: Via US mail or email to info@psy.ohio.gov
  2. Download the oral examination preparation manual, and return to the Board the signed acknowledgement: Oral Exam Manual Acknowledgment
  3. Background check. Results are valid for one year. They may follow the oral exam and must be received/approved prior to issuance of license. This needs to be completed in Ohio at a Web Check location. There is a link below for sites and instructions.

Senior Psychologist Application Checklist:

The “senior psychologist” provision offers a pathway to Ohio licensure for those psychologists currently licensed in another jurisdiction for a minimum of 10 consecutive years without interruption.  Board rules contain all the requirements for qualified psychologists who may not necessarily be able to demonstrate meeting all the educational, training, and examination requirements:

  1. Transcript of degree on which active license is based via email to info@psy.ohio.gov or US Mail
  2. Verification of active psychologist license for a minimum of ten consecutive years. Board staff will verify online or request certified verification from the applicant
  3. Download the oral examination preparation manual, and return to the Board the signed acknowledgement/receipt: Oral Exam Manual Acknowledgment
  4. Background check. Results are valid for one year. They may follow the oral exam and must be received/approved prior to issuance of license. This needs to be completed in Ohio at a Web Check location. There is a link below for sites and instructions.

ASPPB PLUS Application:

The Ohio Board of Psychology participates in the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS).  The PLUS program can be used by any applicant who is seeking licensure, certification, or registration in any participating state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada. In addition to the $300 Ohio application fee, the PLUS has a one-time $200 fee and should be considered by all applicants. Your application information is stored for future licensure needs with participating licensing boards. All information collected as part of the application is saved in your secure Credentials Bank. “Banking” your transcript, training verification forms, and other application materials is like an insurance policy. It’s “one and done” for the Ohio application and for the rest of your professional career.  

After submitting the Ohio application and fee online, we will connect you with a PLUS Licensure Specialist at ASPPB to coordinate the submission of your materials from you and our references and supervisors. When your PLUS application is complete, it is forwarded to the Board for review and a determination that Ohio’s requirements are satisfied.

PLUS Checklist:

  1. For admission to the EPPP while the PLUS application is being assembled, your qualifying doctoral degree transcript must be directed to the Board from ASPPB or from the university
  2. Download the oral examination preparation manual, and return to the Board the signed acknowledgement/receipt: Oral Exam Acknowledgment
  3. Background check. Results are valid for one year. They may follow the oral exam and must be received/approved prior to issuance of license. This needs to be completed in Ohio at a Web Check location. There is a link below for sites and instructions.
  4. Completed PLUS application received by Board from ASPPB PLUS licensure specialist.

LINKS TO FORMS:

Doctoral Internship Training Verification Forms

FORM A: Verification of accredited or APPIC-member doctoral internship.

FORM B: DCT verification of pre-approval of non-accredited doctoral internship.

FORM C: Verification of completion of non-accredited doctoral internship by site supervisor.

Post-Internship (including post-doc) Training Verification forms

FORM D: Verification of APA-accredited or APPIC-member post-doc.

FORM E: Verification of post-internship including non-accredited post-doc.

Pre-Internship (qualifying practicum) Training Verification Forms

FORM F: DCT verification of all program-approved practicum placements.

FORM G: Supervisor verification of a pre-internship/practicum placement.

Oral Examination Materials and Acknowledgment

Oral exam preparation manual: Click here to download and print

Oral exam manual acknowledgment: Click here to download, print, and sign

Background check instructions and locations: Click here

We prefer that all documentation be submitted by the original source via:

Email: info@psy.ohio.gov or Fax: (614-728-7081)

If using US mail, please have materials sent to:

Ohio Board of Psychology

77 S. High St 18th floor

Columbus, OH 43215-6108

PLUS Application Information

Dear Applicant:

 

The Ohio Board of Psychology is excited to offer you the opportunity to apply for psychologist licensure online via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Psychology Licensure Application System (PLUS).  The PLUS program can be used by any applicant who is seeking licensure, certification, or registration in any participating state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada. In addition to the $300 Ohio application fee, the PLUS has a one-time $200 fee and should be considered by all applicants.

 

What are the benefits to applying for licensure through the ASPPB PLUS program?

  • Your application information is stored for future licensure needs with participating licensing boards. All information collected as part of the application is deposited and saved in your secure Credentials Bank. “Banking” your transcript, training verification forms, and other application materials is like an insurance policy. It’s “one and done” for the Ohio application and for the rest of your professional career.   
  • PLUS Licensure Specialists at ASPPB are just a phone call or email away and are there to help guide you through the application process.
  • Using the easy online application program will help in streamlining future licensing processes.
  • ASPPB has agreed to waive any charges normally associated with the Credentials Bank application.
  • Your application information can be accessed electronically by you 24/7 and forwarded to any other licensing board, organization, entity, or individual, upon request at any time in the future.

LICENSE APPLICANTS WITH NON-U.S./NON-CANADIAN DOCTORAL DEGREES

State law, administrative rules, and Board policy guide the application review process for applicants with a doctoral degree from an educational institution outside of the U.S.

 

Applicants must be aware of the following and should be prepared for a potentially lengthy process whereby the Board determines whether a non-U.S. degree is equivalent to a doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.:

1) The institution shall be listed in either the International Handbook of Universities or the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook.

2) The applicant must have the education reviewed for equivalence by an academic review company that is a member of “NACES,” as described at http://www.naces.org/. this review is done at the applicant’s expense.

3) If the education is determined by a NACES-member company to be equivalent to a doctoral degree from a U.S. institution, then the applicant shall request from the Board a review of the transcript and education for a determination as to whether the Board’s rules for equivalence are satisfied. If not found to be equivalent by a member of NACES, then the application shall be denied.

4) A determination of doctoral degree equivalence by a member of NACES is generally sufficient for admission to the EPPP. In addition to passing the EPPP, supervised experience requirements for licensure are governed under OAC § 4732-9-01(A)(2), which requires two years of documented supervised experience under a psychologist licensed by U.S. jurisdiction or Canadian province.

Request for Transfer of EPPP Score(s)

Teaching/Research Experience Towards Licensure

Application Questions

For additional questions regarding the application and/or additional forms, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8809 or psy.ce@psy.ohio.gov.