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Important Mobility Deadlines: Ever Want to be Licensed in Another State? 

Barbara A. Van Horne
ASPPB Board of Directors

Receiving a psychology license in another state or province is getting easier. Meeting the qualifications for licensing in another jurisdiction has often been a hassle, particularly for psychologists whove been practicing for some time. Not only have licensing requirements changed over time but supervisors may no longer be available to verify supervised experience. Psychology licensing boards have been aware of this problem and along with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) have created a way to address potential problems. The Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) provides qualified psychologists with a credential that is already recognized by 12 jurisdictions and 14 more have voted to accept it and are taking the necessary step to implement their decision. An increasing number of psychology boards are also considering the CPQ as a means of easing the licensure process.

In addition to the standard requirements for qualifying for the CPQ, an easier route is currently available to members of both the National Register and the Canadian Register but only until 12/31/2001. All applicants for the CPQ must have been licensed and practicing independently for a minimum of 5 years on the basis of a doctoral degree in psychology. There also cannot be a history of disciplinary action (more serious than a reprimand) by a licensing board.

Psychologists who dont take advantage of the time-limited National Register/Canadian Register option must either be able to document 2 years of supervised experience, successful completion of both the national exam (EPPP) and an oral examination, or have been awarded an ABPP. (Some requirements are remediable.)

The CPQ was designed to promote mobility for doctoral-level licensed psychologists. ASPPB also offers a credentials bank that is available to any doctoral-level psychologist or graduate student, regardless of whether he or she is eligible for the CPQ. With the credentials bank, important data can be archived (e.g. education, documentation of supervision, exam scores) for easy reporting to a licensing board or other entity.

For more information on the CPQ or the credentials bank, access the ASPPB Web site at www.asppb.org and look for the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ), or call (334) 832-4580 or send an e-mail inquiry to cpq@asppb.org.

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