4+2 internship program

Detailed information on the retirement of the 4+2 internship program can be found at: Retirement of the 4+2 internship program.

After completing a four-year sequence of accredited study in psychology (i.e. Honours degree or equivalent), you can complete a two-year internship program to become eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist.

The internship is an intensive supervised training program that enables you to develop and demonstrate the eight core competencies required for general registration. During the two-year program (or equivalent part-time), you will consolidate the skills and knowledge developed during your study and apply these in a practical setting. The internship involves:

  • psychological practice carried out in an approved work role
  • supervision by a Board-approved supervisor (one principal supervisor and one or more secondary supervisors), and
  • professional development activities.

The internship requirements are designed to be completed over two years, working full-time. You may complete the internship on a part-time basis but must finish the program within five years.

At the end of the internship, you will be required to sit the National Psychology Exam before you can apply for general registration. For more information on the exam, including the curriculum, see the National Psychology Exam page.

For more information about the 4+2 internship, see the Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program and the Internship FAQ.

Starting the 4+2 internship

You need to arrange your own internship by finding a suitable work role and supervisor. We recommend using your own networks to find a role and supervisor. Alternatively, try searching for jobs for provisional psychologists, or using our list of approved supervisors to find and contact supervisors who may be available to provide principal or secondary internship supervision.

Once you’ve developed an internship program plan, you will submit this to AHPRA for approval along with your provisional registration application. You can’t start the internship until we have approved your plan and granted you provisional registration. You will find the relevant forms and templates on the Forms page.

For further guidance on arranging internships, suitable work roles, and what you can expect from your supervisor, review the Internship FAQ and the Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program.

If it’s been more than 10 years since you completed your psychology degree, you’ll need to meet refresher training requirements before you can start an internship. Refer to the Internship FAQ and Appendix C of the Guidelines for the 4+2 internship program.

For details about applying for and renewing provisional registration, see the provisional registration page.

Further information

Refer to the Board’s registration standards, guidelines and policies and relevant Fact sheets and FAQ.

Case report exemption for internship plans approved before June 2017

Provisional psychologists who had their internship program plan approved by the Board on or before 31 May 2017, under the old 4+2 guidelines, only need to complete six case reports and submit three of those to the Board. Interns who only had one or two case reports to submit after 1 June 2017, your supervisor should determine whether your outstanding reports need to be assessment or intervention focused. Interns who had not yet submitted a case report to the Board before 1 June 2017 must submit at least one assessment and one intervention case report.

For internship plans approved on or after 1 June 2017, under the current 4+2 guidelines, interns must complete eight case reports and submit four of these to the Board (two assessment focused and two intervention focused).

 

 
 
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