Extension of the higher degree exemption from sitting the national psychology exam

10 Aug 2018

The Guidelines for the national psychology exam (the guidelines) currently state that graduates who apply for general registration with a Board-approved postgraduate qualification accredited as a fifth and sixth year of study in psychology before 1 July 2019 are exempt from passing the national psychology exam (the exam).

The Psychology Board of Australia (the Board) has extended the exemption from completing the exam for graduates who complete the higher degree pathway and apply for general registration until 31 December 2019.

Over the next year, the Board will undertake a scheduled review of the guidelines.  As part of the review and consultation process, the Board will complete a thorough evaluation of the higher degree exemption.

Psychology Board of Australia Chair Professor Brin Grenyer said, ‘It is important to provide clarity and fairness during the upcoming review and consultation process’.

Extending the exemption until 31 December 2019 will allow the Board to consult widely with the profession and the community while alleviating uncertainty for mid-year graduates about the Board’s requirements.  

More information about the exam is available on the Board’s National Psychology Exam web page.

Page reviewed 10/08/2018