Florida Psychologist Licensing
What’s in this guide?
- Educational Requirements
- Supervised Professional Experience Requirements
- Required Examinations
- Background Check
- Florida Psychologist License Application Process
- Continuing Education Requirements
- License Renewal
- Will My Out-of-State Psychology License Carry Over to Florida?
- What are Florida’s Board and Professional Organizations?
Supervised Professional Experience Requirements
A key component of fulfilling your licensure requirements involves accumulating a specified number of supervised internship hours. In the state of Florida, aspiring psychologists are required to complete 4,000 hours of supervised experience. They have the opportunity to earn 2,000 of these hours while pursuing their doctorate, with the remaining 2,000 hours to be completed post-graduation.
Prospective psychologists have the option to commence their post-doctoral hours prior to their graduation ceremony, provided they have documentation verifying the successful completion of their coursework.
A crucial element of accumulating your 4,000 supervised internship hours is to ensure that your work setting is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Additionally, Florida allows candidates to earn their supervised hours through organizations affiliated with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
If you are engaged in a nonexempt setting and lack a waiver from the Department of Health, it’s mandatory to hold a provisional license during the period you’re earning your 4,000 hours.
Have you already accrued hours from another state or U.S. territory? If your supervising psychologist is licensed, these work hours can count toward your grand total. And if you were completing internship hours in another country, these may roll into your Florida hours if you can prove they were of equitable quality as in-state work.