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 Application - Candidates 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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