15 Sep 2021
Once you are registered, you can start supervised practice as a provisional psychologist anywhere in Australia.
You need to be registered as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (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. You’ll need to know which pathway you are completing before you submit your application.
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 Register of practitioners.
Check out our graduate video to help you get your application right.
You’ll find helpful advice, tips for avoiding common causes of delay and downloadable information flyers on the graduate applications page of the Ahpra website.
It's important that you provide correctly certified photo ID documents with your application - the wording is very specific.
‘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’ and take it with you to the authorised officer.
In addition to JPs, most registered health practitioners, public servants, teachers, lecturers and members of the legal profession can certify photographic ID documents. For the full list of authorised officers see the guide.
When you apply for provisional registration, your application is carefully assessed against the Board’s requirements for registration.
For 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 requirements for registration and are suitably qualified and your supervised practice arrangements are in place.
Provisional psychologists undertake the fifth and sixth years of psychology training through one of the approved pathways which lead to general registration:
You should choose your pathway for further training before applying online for provisional registration because you will need to submit information that is specific to the pathway you choose. For those in an internship pathway, this includes the appropriate internship program plan.
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.