General registration

General registration allows psychologists to work in any area of psychology that is within their scope of practice and to 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.

General registration requirements

The requirements for general registration are set out in the General registration standard.

To become eligible for general registration, the minimum qualification you’ll need to complete is a six-year sequence of education and training. This typically includes a four-year Board-approved accredited sequence of study in psychology that has been completed within the last ten years, plus a two-year Board-approved supervised practice and training program undertaken while registered as a provisional psychologist. To complete the two-year supervised practice and training program, graduates can choose either:

After completing your six-year sequence of education and training, you will then need to pass the national psychology exam (unless an exemption applies to you) before applying for general registration.

Doctoral candidates can apply for general registration after completing the equivalent of a fifth and sixth year qualification (e.g. a two-year Masters), before completing the doctoral thesis. See the Policy for higher degree students applying for general registration for more information.

If you obtained your psychology qualifications overseas and you intend to practise as a psychologist in Australia, you will need to apply to the Board to have your qualification and supervised practice assessed as substantially equivalent to an Australian Board-approved pathway to general registration. You may then be required to complete a transitional program and pass the national psychology exam. For more information see overseas applicants page.

See the Registration standard: General registration on the Registration standards page for a description of the content of this flowchart for training pathways to general registration.

Flow chart accessible format: Training pathways to general registration (75.6KB,DOCX)

Please note: The exemption from sitting the exam for higher degree students has been extended from 30 June 2019 to 31 December 2019. For more information see the news item.

All registered psychologists have an obligation to ensure they are familiar with and practise in accordance with the Board’s registration standards, guidelines, the Board-endorsed Code of ethics, and the National Law. When applying for general registration, please ensure that you are familiar with and able to meet these requirements.

To apply for general registration, complete the AGEN-76 application form and lodge it by post with your local office of AHPRA.

You will find other supporting information to help with your application on the forms page, including information about proof of identity documents, certifying supporting documents and the required format for your curriculum vitae.

Application and registration fees are published in the schedule of fees.

You will need to renew your general registration annually by 30 November. You can renew your general registration online. For more information visit the registration renewals page.

Psychologists with general registration that have completed an approved postgraduate degree followed by a period of approved supervised practice in a particular area of practice can apply for an area of practice endorsement on their general registration. See the Endorsement page for further details.

More information is available in the Fact sheets and FAQ.

Page reviewed 5/06/2019