You’ll need provisional registration to complete one of these supervised practice pathways to general registration as a psychologist:
Provisional registration is also required for those completing a transitional program (for overseas-qualified applicants seeking psychology registration in Australia) or a return-to-practice program (for those who have taken a long break from psychological practice).
The requirements for provisional registration are set out in the Provisional registration standard.
Before applying for provisional registration, ensure you are familiar with the obligations and responsibilities of provisional psychologists, including our registration standards, the code of ethics, and applicable guidelines and policies. You must meet the requirements set out in the following registration standards when you apply for provisional registration:
You can apply online for provisional registration when you have completed an accredited four-year sequence of study in psychology and wish to start the your fifth year in either the 5+1 internship or higher degree pathway.
You will need to choose your pathway for further training before submitting your online application because you will need to select the fifth-year program and education provider you will be training at.
Easy steps to apply online
Once we are satisfied that you have met all the requirements for provisional registration, we will finalise your application.
When you are registered, we will publish your name to the Register of practitioners.
Fees for provisional registration can be found on the schedule of fees.
Provisional registration is granted for one year from the date your application is approved. You will need to renew each year while undertaking your supervised practice program (e.g. a higher degree or an internship). We will send you an email reminder when it is time to renew. To ensure you get these reminders, add Ahpra to your safe senders list in your email account.
It is your responsibility to ensure you renew on time. If you do not renew and your provisional registration expires, you will have to reapply for provisional registration and you will not be able to undertake your internship or any placements within your degree until your provisional registration is in place.
Provisional registration cannot be renewed more than twice. If you don’t finish your degree or internship within three years, you’ll need to make a new application for provisional registration. To ensure a streamlined application process, use the special form ARPP-76. We recommend lodging your application at least two months before your expiry date to ensure your study or internship is not disrupted. You won’t incur any application fees, you’ll just pay the annual provisional registration fee (so it’s the same cost as renewing).
Refer to the Board’s registration standards, guidelines and policies and relevant Fact sheets and FAQ.
The Board and Ahpra made a payment plan available for provisional psychologists applying to renew their provisional registration or applying for general registration who were experiencing genuine financial hardship due to COVID-19. Applications closed on 30 April 2021.
We will send you these details separately within three months of your successful application. Please ensure your contact details are up to date using the online practitioner services.