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Become a Psychologist in Colorado - CO

Worthy of noting for anybody interested in knowing how to become a psychologist in Colorado is that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Colorado may not have one of the highest concentrations of social science occupations; however, they are one of the top paying states. Psychologists, alone, make up approximately .091% of all individuals employed in the state of Colorado.

Colorado is the second top paying state in the U.S. for social science occupations. The average hourly rate for these occupations is about $40.67. Colorado is also the highest paying state for industrial-organizational psychology, averaging around $50.03 per hour.

How to Become a Psychologist in Colorado:

The Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners has slated the following criteria for becoming a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado:

Completing the Application Process for Licensure:

Each applicant must submit a completed application for licensure, including a $160 non-refundable fee, along with official sealed academic transcripts, and other fundamental documentation needed for licensure to be reviewed by the Board of Examiners.

Fees may be paid by check or money order, payable to the state of Colorado, and sent to the Colorado Division of Registrations or submitted online

Colorado Division of Registrations
Office of Licensing-Mental Health Professions
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

All applicants who wish to know how to become a psychologist in Colorado must pass all of the required examinations, have acquired the necessary experience requirements, and become licensed within 5 years of their initial application submission. If the individual fails to become licensed in this allotted time, they must submit a new application and re-pay the fee of $160.

Examination Criteria for Licensure:

The Board of Examiners requires the following criteria for the licensing exam to assess the applicant’s knowledge in the field of psychology

  1. Jurisprudence Exam- applicants must pass this Board established test with an 80% or higher
  2. National Examination- This exam covers general areas of knowledge every psychologist should possess. The national exam is distributed by the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and costs $450

In a case where an applicant does not pass any portion of the national examination, he/she may apply to the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) for an opportunity to re-take the exam

All applications must be set up with the ASPPB or another testing board within the jurisdiction of the Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners

Colorado State Government Department of Regulatory Agencies:
Board of Psychologist Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite #1300
Denver, CO 80202
www.dora.state.co.us

Licensure Renewal/Reinstatement in Colorado:

  • All licenses expire on June 30th in odd-numbered years
  • The cost for renewal is $180, and if for any reason this payment is received later than the due date, a $15 late fee will be administered
  • Applicants are allotted a 60-day grace period to renew their current license

Process of the Reinstatement of a License:

  • One must submit the reinstatement application and a $238 fee must be paid in order to even be considered for reinstatement
  • Any licensure possessed by the individual applying must be in good standing with the state
  • The applicant is in no known or pending disciplinary problems
  • The applicant has no malpractice discrepancies against them
  • The applicant knows of no complaints or investigations pending against them

If a license is expired for more than two years:

The applicant must re-take and pass the jurisprudence examination and display their continued professional adequacy by one or all of the following:

  • Written allegation proving a continued work experience in the field of psychology
  • Documentation demonstrating that the applicant has successfully accomplished at least 10 hours of continuing education from an approved program
  • Re-taking and passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)

The reinstatement application and fee can be submitted to the Colorado Division of Registrations
Office of Licensing-Mental Health Professions
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 894-7800
Fax: (303) 894-7693
www.dora.state.co.us

Colorado Psychology Organizations:

Colorado Psychological Association (CPA)

This state-wide organization works to advance the overall field of psychology in Colorado. Members of the association work to promote the profession, as well as, trying to optimize education opportunities, not only for students, but also to educate the communities on current psychological issues. The CPA advocates the importance of a healthy lifestyle and psychological well-being for the mentally ill in all different populations.

The Colorado Psychological Association can be contacted by: Colorado Psychological Association
7795 East Prentice Ave., Suite 100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Fax: (303) 770-1614
www.coloradopsych.org

 

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