Endorsement of a psychologist's registration is a legal mechanism under the National Law through which particular groups of registrants, who have an additional qualification and advanced supervised practice recognised by the Board can be identified to the public, employers, and anyone else accessing the public register. It is important to recognise that endorsement of a scope of practice did not exist in Australia before 1 July 2010. In Australia, all psychologists are registered on a single register. The notation of an endorsement is not a separate specialist register. Nor is it based on experience derived during the course of a professional career. It therefore differs from the way the UK operationalises its recognition of specialists. To be eligible to apply for an area of practice endorsement a psychologist must have advanced training over and above that which is required for General registration.
An endorsement on registration indicates that a psychologist has additional training in an advanced area of practice, in addition to the minimum level of psychological training required for general registration. To qualify for an area of practice endorsement a psychologist must have advanced training over and above that which is required for General registration.
The following area of practice of endorsements area available for psychologists:
- clinical neuropsychology
- clinical psychology
- community psychology
- counselling psychology
- educational and developmental psychology
- forensic psychology
- health psychology
- organisational psychology
- sport and exercise psychology
The requirements for area of practice endorsement are set out in the area of practice endorsements registration standard.
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