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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.

State Board of Psychology Application
New and Old Law Summaries
Criminal Background Checks
Letter of Reference Request
Request for Transfer of EPPP Score(s)
Oral Exam Prep Manual
Universal PLUS Application
"New Law" Candidate: Training Verification Forms
"Old Law" Candidate: Training Verification Form
Teaching/Research Experience Towards Licensure
Oral Exam Prep Manual Receipt

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.