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Foreign Trained Applicants

The standards for being trained and registered as a psychologist in a foreign country and being licensed/registered as a psychologist in the United States and Canada are often very different. For example, in most United States jurisdictions, a doctorate in clinical, counseling or school psychology is the entry level degree required for licensure. In the United States, licensure is determined by each state. In Canada, registration is determined by each province. In order to become licensed as a psychologist, an applicant would apply to a jurisdiction in which he or she intends to practice. Since each jurisdiction has the ultimate authority to decide what is required in their jurisdiction, it is best to first contact the jurisdiction directly to determine what the exact requirements are for licensure.  Contact information for each jurisdiction can be found HERE.

A foreign trained applicant must demonstrate that his or her education, degree and experience is the equivalent to the requirements established in that jurisdiction. A master’s degree and/or doctorate from another country might be the equivalent to a doctoral degree in the United States. Since most licensing boards do not have the resources to compare education and degrees from a foreign country to their own requirements, most rely on a NACES program to do that for them. NACES stand for the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A NACES evaluation would be able to "translate" education and degree into a United States format or a Canadian format that jurisdictions could then evaluate. 

If a foreign trained applicant’s education and degree meet the regulations of the jurisdiction in which he or she is seeking licensure, then he or she must also demonstrate that his or her supervised experience is the equivalent to what is required by that jurisdiction. Assuming an applicant’s education, degree and experience is the equivalent and meets the requirements then an applicant would be eligible to sit for the Examination of Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). The EPPP is a multiple choice exam on the foundations of psychology. 
An applicant can only take the EPPP if he or she is a candidate for licensure in one of the jurisdictions in the United States or Canada. The applicant would not be eligible to sign up to take the EPPP until that jurisdiction approves his or her application and authorizes him or her to take the EPPP. Then, the applicant would be directed to to sign up for the EPPP.

In addition to passing the EPPP, most U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions require the applicant to pass an examination that covers local mental health laws and rules.

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