Become a Psychologist in Pennsylvania - PA

Those interested in knowing how to become a psychologist in Pennsylvania should note that In order to gain a license to practice as a psychologist you must gain the designation Doctor of Psychology.

Below is a step-by-step outline of how to become a psychologist in Pennsylvania.

  1. First and foremost you should be a person that has a high moral character. You should be interested in human interactions and able to make connections between seemingly unrelated pieces of information.
  2. Job shadowing is not necessarily an available option for those pursuing a career in Psychology but you can volunteer your free time in a women's shelter or as a child advocate within your local community.
  3. Submit an application for to the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology for a license to practice as a psychologist. You will need to also submit the initial application fees for licensing of $155.
  4. A background investigation is a requirement of being eligible to sit for a licensing examination both nationally and at the state level. A history of criminal activity can keep you from practicing so it is important for you to be a law-abiding citizen.
  5. Once you have met the educational requirements, clinical requirements and completed the background screening you will then be eligible to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is the nationwide examination.
  6. After passing the EPPP you then must take the Pennsylvania Psychology Law Examination (PPLE). Both the EPPP and PPLE are computerized examinations that are offered 6 days a week, Monday through Saturday.



Pennsylvania Psychological Association is an organization whose purpose is to promote overall human welfare through the advancement of the profession of psychology. The PPA provides activities to educate and develop professionals working in the mental health field, and advocates for public access to psychological services.

Pennsylvania Psychological Association
416 Forster St.
Harrisburg, PA 17102

Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association allows for professionals in central Pennsylvania to exchange professional ideas, work together to foster awareness of mental health within the central Pennsylvania communities, and promoting the highest possible standards for psychologists in practice.


Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania advocates for the rights of children to have mental health services available to them and preserves and protects the School Psychologist professionals in Pennsylvania.


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