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Frequently Asked Questions 2017-05-31T12:43:05+00:00
No. There are four pathways to registration with the Psychology Board of Australia:

  1. an accredited master’s degree;
  2. a five year accredited sequence of study plus a one year Board approved internship (5+1);
  3. a four year accredited sequence of study followed by a two year Board approved internship (4+2); or
  4. a qualification deemed by the Board to be substantially equivalent to pathways 1, 2 or 3.
  5. For more information about the Board’s registration requirements, visit www.psychologyboard.gov.au.

The College of Professional Psychology’s Registration Internship Programs fulfill the requirements of the 4+2 and 5+1 pathways to general registration. Our programs place an emphasis on the development of practical skills. Participation in a master’s program may be more suitable if you wish to pursue an academic or research based pathway towards registration.

PsyBA is the national organisation responsible for determining who is suitable to be registered to work as a psychologist. If you wish to be employed by an organisation or operate your own practice as a psychologist, you must be registered with the Board.

The APS is a professional body representing psychologists and is not responsible for registering psychologists. So whilst you must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia, it is up to you to choose whether or not to become a member of the APS. For more details about the APS, visit their website www.psychology.org.au.

No. PsyBA requires an accredited four or five year sequence of study with an additional two or one year internship or a masters degree in order to be registered as a psychologist. Further information about approved psychology courses may be obtained from the APS website www.psychology.org.au or registration requirements from the Psychology Board’s website www.psychologyboard.gov.au.
Our programs meet all of the Psychology Board of Australia requirements for general registration and provide a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills over and above minimum requirements to enable you to enter the workforce as a competent and confident registered psychologist.

We provide unparalleled assistance in:

  • helping you gain a paid placement (80% of our interns are in paid employment);
  • meeting all supervision requirements of PsyBA. Our supervisors are dedicated, currently practicing professionals who will provide both clinical support and guidance as well as academic support throughout your internship;
  • ensuring that all your Professional Development requirements are met by putting together a wide and varied schedule of lectures, skills practice and classroom activities;
  • providing thorough training in and access to a wide range of PsyBA required mandatory and elective psychometric assessments;
  • providing advice and support on AHPRA guidelines and preparation of all PsyBA assessment tasks;
  • training and support in the preparation of Case Studies;
  • preparing you for the National Psychology Examination by giving you unlimited access to the College’s library of Board recommended exam readings and providing a practice exam.
Our programs do not lead to endorsement as a clinical or child psychologist. Our programs are designed to meet the requirements for attaining general registration as a psychologist. However, upon receiving your general registration from the Board (after completing your internship), it is possible to work in these fields as a general psychologist, depending on the job requirements or continue to further specialist study.
Yes. Approximately 80% of our interns are engaged in full-time, paid work. Our programs are flexible and geared around the full-time employee. Workshops and group supervision are conducted in the evenings and some weekends. Supervisors are allocated based on interns’ work and other commitments. We do ask for some flexibility from interns when it comes to the allocation of supervisors in regards to times and locations.
Our interns are employed in a variety of roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Current interns are employed in rehabilitation, return to work, disability and employment services, organisational psychology, community, family and child psychology, early intervention, juvenile justice and mental health roles.
Yes. You must undergo a selection process, which consists of an assessment and a structured interview. These are used to examine the fit between the goals and structure of the College’s registration program and the needs of the individual.