Virginia Psychologist Licensing
What are Virginia’s Educational Requirements?
Candidates who are planning to be clinical psychologists will need to get a doctoral degree from a college accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). If they’re interested in a non-APA program, they may request special permission from the Virginia Board of Psychology. The Board reviews these requests on a case-by-case basis.
Students are required to take three semester hours in each of the listed psychology subjects:
- Biological bases of behavior
- Cognitive-affective bases of behavior
- Data analysis techniques
- Professional and ethical standards
- Psychological measurement
- Research methodology
- Social bases of behavior
How Do I Apply For My License in Virginia?
Prospective psychologists don’t have to wait until they’ve completed all of their requirements before applying for their license to practice in the state of Virginia. They will send in the first part of their application materials after they’ve received their graduate degree.
Initially they are asked to send their educational records and transcripts, documentation of their internship experience, and proof they have a postgraduate supervised work experience set up. This application costs $200 and another $50 to register your supervised postgraduate work.
The Virginia Board of Psychology has all of their application forms on this page.
For school psychologists, they may receive a limited license that allows them to work in a public school system. This license costs $85. While they may work in a school setting, with a limited license, school psychologists aren’t allowed to found their own practice.
Will My Out-of-State Psychology License Carry Over to Virginia?
If you’ve already received a psychology license in another state, you’ll need to give license verification to the Virginia Board. A part of this will include the state checking the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Psychologists who have possessed their license for 10 or more years will only need to send transcripts that prove their credentials.
Licensed psychologists with fewer than 10 years of licensed work will need to provide documentation that proves they were licensed under similar requirements mandated in Virginia. They may send transcripts, their EPPP score, and information about their two most recent years of post-license work.