General registration is available to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements under section 52 of the National Law. General registration as a psychologist enables an individual to work in any area of psychology that is within their scope of competence and use the title 'Psychologist'. All psychologists with general registration meet a minimum standard of education and training and have been assessed as a suitable person to hold general registration in the profession.
The requirements for general registration are set out in the General registration standard.
The education and training requirement for general registration is a six year sequence comprising a four year accredited sequence of study such as an honours degree followed by an accredited postgraduate degree, such as a Masters, or a period of supervised practice as a provisional psychologist.
All psychologists have an obligation to ensure they are familiar with and practise in accordance with the Board’s registration standards and guidelines and with the Board-endorsed Code of ethics; these can all be viewed by clicking on the links below.
An approved registration standard, code or guideline is admissible in proceedings under the National Law or a law of a co-regulatory jurisdiction (NSW and Queensland ) against a registered psychologist as evidence of what constitutes appropriate professional conduct or practice for the profession.
Applying for general registration
To apply for general registration as a psychologist please first ensure that you are familiar with and able to meet the requirements of the Board’s registration standards, the Code of ethics, and the obligations of registered health practitioners and mandatory notification requirements under the National Law.
You will also need to pass the national psychology examination (unless an exemption applies) before applying for general registration as a psychologist.
To apply for registration, complete the relevant application form and lodge it with your local office of AHPRA. To obtain the application form, visit the General registration section of the Board’s Forms page:
On the forms page you will also find supplementary information to assist with your application including information about proof of identity documents, certifying supporting documents and the required format for your curriculum vitae.
The current application and registration fees are published in the Board’s schedule of fees.
You will be required to renew your registration annually by 30 November and online renewal is available. For more information about renewing registration visit the Renewals page.
Endorsement of general registration for area of practice
Psychologists with general registration that have completed an accredited higher degree and advanced supervised practice in a particular area of practice can apply for an area of practice endorsement on their general registration.