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General Information

Licenses Offered: Psychologist (doctorate degree in psychology) and Psychologist Associate (master's degree in psychology).
 
When to Apply:  As you approach graduation, but not more than six months prior, you may begin to submit documents and references to the Board.  Any documents that arrive prior to your application, including the background check, will be held for up to six months.  For those who will be completing a residency in Oregon: You must submit a proposed resident supervision contract along with your application materials and wait for written Board approval of both before rendering any psychological services or using the title “psychologist resident.”  Practicing psychology without a Board-approved contract will result in your work completed not counting towards the post-doctoral supervised work experience required for licensure, and could also subject you and your supervisor to sanction for unlicensed practice

Application Fee:  $366.25 (non-refundable).  This includes the background check fee and must accompany the application.

Working in Oregon before Licensed:  To provide psychological services in Oregon prior to being licensed, a person must be:  
  1. an approved applicant in a Board-approved residency contract; or,
  2. working in an exempt setting (see ORS 675.090); or, 
  3. if licensed in another state, must be granted a limited permit.

Statutes (Laws) and Administrative Rules:  Your legal rights and responsibilities are contained in these documents.  Please review the licensure rules and laws carefully prior to completing and submitting your application. 

Licensure Flowchart- a diagram showing the steps to licensure as a psychologist in Oregon. 

Application & Required Forms

Please note:  Be sure you have the most current version, as forms are updated periodically.  Revision dates are noted on the forms.  For your convenience, forms are fillable and allow you to save your work.
 
Application Methods & Forms

Application forms include a checklist showing all items needed to complete the application file.

  • Standard Application- for psychologist applicants who are not licensed in another jurisdiction, and for psychologist associate applicants.
  • Licensure by Endorsement- Application process for psychologist applicants who currently hold an active license as a psychologist based on a doctoral degree in another state and in good standing.  Please use the form that applies to you:
  • Endorsement applicants please note:
    • Alabama will no longer transfer files.*
    • Colorado will no longer transfer files* or complete licensure verification forms.
    • California will not transfer transcripts or EPPP scores.
    • Illinois will no longer transfer files.*
    • Virginia will no longer transfer files* or complete licensure verification forms.
      *Applicants whose original licensing state is Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, or Virginia will need to transfer a credentialing body file (ASPPB, ABPP, or National Register) or apply via the Standard Application Method.

Other Required Forms

Please refer to your application checklist to see which forms you will need.

For non-APA (or CPA) accredited programs only: 

* Additional forms, such as change of address, can be found here.

Fingerprinting 

A fingerprint-based criminal records check is required for all applicants (including reapplications). To begin the process, you will need to follow the fingerprinting instructions (below).

Education

  • Psychologist- a degree in psychology from an accredited doctoral program.  See OAR 858-010-0010.
  • Psychologist Associate- a master's degree in psychology from a regionally accredited institution.  See OAR 858-010-0015.

Examinations

Candidates for licensure are required to take and successfully pass:
  1. The Oregon Jurisprudence Exam- administered by the Board; and
  2. The Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)- administered by ASPPB (PES).  The EPPP requirement may be waived for "Endorsement >=15 years" applicants. However, if you have taken the exam, we will need verification.

More information: Examinations

Residency 

All candidates for licensure must complete (or have previously completed) at least one year (not less than 12 months) of qualifying post-doctoral supervised work experience.  This must include at least 1,500 hours of psychological services under the supervision of a psychologist who has been licensed for at least 2 years.  *The post-doc requirement does not apply to "Endorsement >=15 years" applicants.

More information: Residency

Applicant Tracking

Online applicant tracking allows applicants to monitor their application progress. This information is updated daily. New applicants will receive a status memo containing a unique login and password shortly after applying.
 

Foreign Degrees 

Psychologist applicants who were trained abroad must have their degrees evaluated by a Board recognized credentialing body.  Please use the standard application form (above).

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