21 Sep 2020
Are you a fourth-year psychology student in an approved program of study and excited about starting practice in an approved internship or higher degree program?
You need to be registered as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (National Board) before you can start psychology practice in an approved internship or higher degree program.
Online registration for graduate applications is open from mid-September and you can submit your application up to three months before you expect to complete your course.
Once we’ve received your graduate results from your education provider and we are satisfied that you have met all the requirements for registration, we will finalise your application.
When you are registered, we will publish your name to the online national register of practitioners, and you can start working as a provisional psychologist!
You’ll find advice on how to apply as well as tips for avoiding common causes of delay on the Graduate applications page on the Ahpra website.
Check out Ahpra’s new video and accompanying information flyers all designed to help you when applying for registration.
When you apply for registration, your application is carefully assessed against the Board’s requirements for registration.
For graduate registration as a provisional psychologist, you need to prove that you meet the following standards:
We will also ask you to disclose any criminal history and to declare any health impairments that may affect your ability to practise.
You will need to upload details of your proposed supervision arrangements or higher degree program with your application.
We cannot register you until we are satisfied that you meet the standards for registration and are suitably qualified and your supervised practice arrangements are in place.
You should determine your pathway for further training before applying online for provisional registration because you will need to submit, with your application, information that is specific to the pathway you choose. Find the appropriate form for your pathway.
Provisional psychologists undertake the fifth and sixth years of psychology training through one of the approved pathways which lead to general registration:
It’s important that you provide correctly certified photo ID documents with your application. We need to meet the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s requirements for photo ID checks.
The wording they require is very specific and may look different to wording you’ve seen before, so double check you’ve got the wording right before submitting your application. Incorrectly certified documents will cause delay.
Get your photographic identity documents signed by an authorised offer and make sure they use the correct wording:
‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
To get it right the first time download the guide Certifying Documents: Instructions for applicants and authorised officers from our website and take it with you to the authorised officer.
The guide includes a full list of professionals in addition to JPs, that are authorised to certify photographic ID documents. These include various registered health professions, public servants, teachers, lecturers and members of the legal profession.
We can’t finalise your application until we receive your graduate results from your education provider.
If you’ve submitted everything you need to prove you’ve met the requirements for registration, we aim to finalise your application within two weeks of receiving your graduate results.
We recommend that you submit your application before you graduate so that it’s ready to finalise when we receive your results.
For registration enquiries, difficulties in accessing the online application form, or if you are experiencing financial hardship: 1300 419 495 (within Australia).
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