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NEW ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS

Dear Applicant:

The Ohio Board of Psychology is excited to announce a new online application process.  To apply for licensure in the state of Ohio please click on the following link, https://elicense.ohio.gov.  You will be directed to the eLicense Ohio Portal.  Once in the portal please select the "I DO NOT HAVE A LICENSE" link.  After selecting the "I DO NOT HAVE A LICENSE" link, you will be directed to a new page on which you will provide your name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, and email address.  You will then be prompted to create a password.  Please add your degree/credentials as you would like them to appear on your license in the "last name" field, as there is not a suffix field available at this time.  One you have created your account, you will then be directed to a page in which you will choose "APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE."  You will then be provided with the option of selecting "Psychology Board" and then  the "Psychologist" option under "Select a License." Finally, under "Select an Application Type," select the appropriate application type:

  • General ApplicationCandidates with degrees from programs not accredited (e.g. APA) are required to demonstrate 3,600 hours of supervised training, at least 1,800 hours of which shall be post-doctoral.  Candidates with qualifying degrees and internships have a choice of applying for admission to examination under the new law, if desiring to use any qualifying pre-internship supervised experiences toward the 3,600-hour requirement. The new law provides an optional pathway to psychologist license eligibility without requiring, under certain circumstances, post-doctoral training.  Candidates applying under the new law shall have:
     
    1) an earned doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology from a program that holds accreditation, designation, or approval by the APA Commission on Accreditation, the CPA Accreditation Office, Designation by the ASPPB/NR, or approval by NASP (for school psychology doctoral degrees only); and,
     
    2) a qualifying pre-doctoral internship—no less than 1,500 hours and no greater than 2,000 hours accrued in a period of no less than nine months (school psychology doctorates) and no more than 24 months. Internship supervision/training criteria must be met for non-accredited/non-APPIC member internships.
     
    Also, certain pre-internship supervised experiences may be included as part of the required 3,600 hours, if they meet specific criteria in the Board’s regulations.  Post-internship, including post-doctoral supervised experiences, may be included as part of the required 3,600 hours if they meet specific criteria.

*Please review information below regarding requirements to apply under the new law versus old law.*


  • PLUS Application - Many early career psychologist chose to submit their materials to the ASPPB PLUS system for forwarding to the Board upon completion.  For additional information regarding the PLUS application and its benefits, please see below.
  • Reciprocity - If you hold an ABPP, CPQ or NRHSPP certification, please chose this option.
  • Senior - Board Rules are also in place serving to implement the law’s “senior psychologist” provision, which offers a pathway to Ohio licensure for those psychologists currently licensed in another jurisdiction for a minimum of 10 consecutive years.  These rules are in OAC § 4732-9-01(C) and contain all of the requirements for qualified psychologists who may not necessarily meet all of the educational, training, and examination requirements in the new law.

After selecting the appropriate application, you will then confirm your eligibility to apply through that specific application type.  Upon saving and continuing the eligibility questions, you will proceed through the application documenting your personal information, background information, conduct and legal questions, and attestation(s) before submitting your application. Upon submitting your application you will be unable to make any changes directly to your application, so please be sure to review all information prior to submitting. You will be directed to a secure payment site to process your payment for your Psychologist application.  Following payment of the fee, you will receive an email communication from the Board and a receipt.

NOTE: Please ensure that all application documentation required (and to which you will attest on the application) is forwarded to the Board, preferably via email or fax, for the completion of your application.  All documentation required can be found on this page of the Ohio Board of Psychology's website.  For admittance to the EPPP the Board requires your submitted application, fee and transcripts directly from the institution.

Should you have any questions regarding managing your account or during the setup of your account, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8808. Alternatively, you are always welcome to email the Board at info@psy.ohio.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Ohio Board of Psychology

PLUS Application Information

Dear Applicant:

 

The Ohio Board of Psychology is excited to offer you the opportunity to apply for psychologist licensure online via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) Psychology Licensure Application System (PLUS).  The PLUS program can be used by any applicant who is seeking licensure, certification, or registration in any participating state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada. In addition to the $300 Ohio application fee, the PLUS has a one-time $200 fee and should be considered by all applicants.

 

What are the benefits to applying for licensure through the ASPPB PLUS program?

  • Your application information is stored for future licensure needs with participating licensing boards. All information collected as part of the application is deposited and saved in your secure Credentials Bank. “Banking” your transcript, training verification forms, and other application materials is like an insurance policy. It’s “one and done” for the Ohio application and for the rest of your professional career.   
  • PLUS Licensure Specialists at ASPPB are just a phone call or email away and are there to help guide you through the application process.
  • Using the easy online application program will help in streamlining future licensing processes.
  • ASPPB has agreed to waive any charges normally associated with the Credentials Bank application.
  • Your application information can be accessed electronically by you 24/7 and forwarded to any other licensing board, organization, entity, or individual, upon request at any time in the future.

 

You may still apply using the traditional Ohio forms, although you are encouraged to consider applying through the PLUS. Please see application instructions below for both the PLUS and traditional options. Please call the Ohio Board office with questions (877) 779-7446.
"Institutional Accreditation” Retained as Basis for Doctoral Degree Eligibility

Ohio Psychologist Licensing Law Amended in HB64:

“Institutional Accreditation” Retained as Basis for Doctoral Degree Eligibility

August 2015

 

Effective September 29, 2015 amendments to ORC § 4732.10 in HB64 will result in the retention of license eligibility for individuals with doctoral degrees in psychology or school psychology from institutions accredited or recognized by a national or regional accrediting agency without a requirement for academic program accreditation. Enrollment and graduation deadlines in the previous "grandfather" provision have been eliminated. Regardless of the dates of enrollment or graduation, doctoral degrees in psychology or school psychology from institutions accredited or recognized by a national or regional accrediting agency will continue to satisfy the educational requirements for license eligibility under the "old law."

The definition of "national or regional accrediting agency" remains unchanged and means one of the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Higher Learning Commission (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools); Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges.

The definition of "academic program accreditation" remains unchanged and means that the doctoral degree granting program holds accreditation, designation, or approval by one or more of the following entities: (i) The American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation; (ii) The Accreditation Office of the Canadian Psychological Association; (iii) The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register Designation Committee; or (iv) The National Association of School Psychologists.

Graduates of programs that do not hold academic program accreditation are still required to complete a minimum of 3,600 hours of qualifying supervised training, including no fewer than 1,800 hours of supervised post-doctoral experience [see OAC § 4732-9-01(A)]. The legislative changes do not affect the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training options available to graduates of programs with academic program accreditation applying under the "new law" [see OAC § 4732-9-01(B)] or the license eligibility requirements for "senior psychologists" [see OAC § 4732-9-01(C)]. 

All candidates (even those from APA-accredited programs) may apply using the "old law" training forms if a post-doc year is completed.

Please email ronald.ross@psy.ohio.gov with questions.

New and Old Law Summaries
Criminal Background Checks
Letter of Reference Request
Request for Transfer of EPPP Score(s)
Oral Exam Prep Manual
"New Law" Candidate: Training Verification Forms
"Old Law" Candidate: Training Verification Form
Teaching/Research Experience Towards Licensure
Oral Exam Prep Manual Receipt
LICENSE APPLICANTS WITH NON-U.S./NON-CANADIAN DOCTORAL DEGREES

State law, administrative rules, and Board policy guide the application review process for applicants with a doctoral degree from an educational institution outside of the U.S.

 

Applicants must be aware of the following and should be prepared for a potentially lengthy process whereby the Board determines whether a non-U.S. degree is equivalent to a doctoral degree in psychology or school psychology from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S.:

1) The institution shall be listed in either the International Handbook of Universities or the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook.

2) The applicant must have the education reviewed for equivalence by an academic review company that is a member of “NACES,” as described at http://www.naces.org/. this review is done at the applicant’s expense.

3) If the education is determined by a NACES-member company to be equivalent to a doctoral degree from a U.S. institution, then the applicant shall request from the Board a review of the transcript and education for a determination as to whether the Board’s rules for equivalence are satisfied. If not found to be equivalent by a member of NACES, then the application shall be denied.

4) A determination of doctoral degree equivalence by a member of NACES is generally sufficient for admission to the EPPP. In addition to passing the EPPP, supervised experience requirements for licensure are governed under OAC § 4732-9-01(A)(2), which requires two years of documented supervised experience under a psychologist licensed by U.S. jurisdiction or Canadian province.

Application Questions

For additional questions regarding the application and/or additional forms, please contact the Board at (614) 466-8809 or psy.ce@psy.ohio.gov.