Become a Psychologist in California - CA

1. After having completed a bachelor's degree you can immediately advance to a doctoral program, or you may choose a Master's program first. Either way, the final educational step for those interested in knowing how to become a psychologist in California is to gain a doctoral designation as either Psy. D or Ph. D.

2. Within the scope of your psychology program in California you will be required to have a minimum of 1500 hours of supervised professional experience. Another 1500 hours is required after you have completed your doctorate, before you are eligible to obtain a psychologists license in California.

3. Graduates interested in knowing how to become a psychologist in California should note that they must submit an application for licensing with the California Board of Psychology.

4. You will need to be fingerprinted to have your criminal history checked. If you cannot present a clean criminal record, the requirement does not automatically bar you from a professional psychology license in California but it is important to understand the impact a criminal record could have on your professional career. According to the California Board of Psychology, “live scan” fingerprinting services are available all over the state of California for your convenience.

5. You will then take and must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the state specific examination, the California Psychology Supplemental Examination (CPSE).

6. Finally you must submit evidence of having taken courses in human sexuality, child/substance/spousal abuse and long-term care and the elderly.


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