Area of practice endorsement (AoPE) identifies psychologists who have completed an approved postgraduate qualification and supervised training in an area of practice, and who can use a protected title associated with that area of practice. AoPE is a regulatory mechanism and is represented as a notation on a psychologist’s record on the public register of practitioners.
Psychologists with general registration can be endorsed in one or more of the following approved areas of practice:
To check if a registered psychologist has an endorsement, review their registration details on the online Register of Practitioners.
To find out more about what is required to obtain an area of practice endorsement, see Pathways to endorsement. Detailed information about AoPE requirements are set out in the Area of practice endorsement registration standard and supporting information is provided in the Guidelines for area of practice endorsement.
We appreciate that understanding how regulation of AoPE works in practice can be complicated. It is important to think about it in context of health practitioner regulation more generally. To assist, we have provided responses to some of the questions the Board commonly receives in relation to AoPE.
There are no restricted interventions that only a Psychologist can provide.
Restrictions on the practice of a health profession are only imposed where a clear risk to the public has been identified that requires additional regulation. The National Law only restricts the scope of health professionals in relation to a small number of specific interventions, such as certain dental acts, prescription of optical appliances, and spinal manipulation. This restriction means that only specified professions are permitted to practice the restricted interventions.
Even though there are no services that are restricted to being provided by psychologists, this does not mean that psychologists can provide any service they wish. Psychologists should be mindful to provide evidenced-based interventions and services within their competence when working with clients.