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The Board of Psychology is responsible for licensing and regulating psychologists, provisional psychologists and limited license psychologists in Florida. Applicants seeking to be licensed as a psychologist in Florida may apply by Examination or Endorsement as provided in Chapter 490, Florida Statutes. Provided here is a summary of the laws pertaining to the various application methods and general information about the review process for each method. All applicants are required to successfully pass the Florida Laws and Rules Examination in addition to any other requirements for the application method selected.

  • Licensure by Examination
  • Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated
  • Licensure by Endorsement of Other State Licensure
  • Licensure by Endorsement: ABPP
  • Licensure by Endorsement: 20 Years of Experience
  • Licensure by Provisional Psychologist
  • Licensure by Limited License Psychologist
  • General Licensing Requirements
  • Fees

Licensure by Examination

Examination Methods and Requirements

Licensure by examination: This method means the EPPP examination has not been passed with a score acceptable to Florida. The Florida Laws and Rules Examination must be taken and passed. It also means the required supervised experience has been completed.

Examination with waiver of the national examination: This method means the EPPP examination has been passed with a score acceptable to Florida. The Florida Laws and Rules examination must be taken and passed. It also means the required supervised experience has been completed.

Bifurcation: This method means the educational requirements for licensure have been completed, but the supervised experience has not. This method is to be used in conjunction with the examination or examination with waiver concept, depending on whether the applicant has previously passed the EPPP examination.

Licensure Requirements

Education Requirements: A Psy.D., an Ed.D. in psychology, or a Ph.D. in psychology from:An educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had institutional accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education or was recognized as a member in good standing with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and a psychology program within that educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had programmatic accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education. (Only graduates from American Psychological Association (APA) accredited programs meet this criteria.)

Supervision Requirements: Licensure requires two years or 4,000 hours of experience in the field of psychology in association with or under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The applicant’s internship satisfies 2000 of those hours. An acceptable internship is one that is approved by the applicant’s APA-accredited program towards completion of the doctoral psychology degree. The internship, in and of itself, is not required to be accredited by the APA or any other organization.

Licensure by Examination: Foreign Educated

Licensure Methods and Requirements

  • Applicants who received their education outside of the United States or Canada and who apply using one of the examination methods are required to submit the following items. You may refer to the application instructions for a complete list of the required items for each application method.
  • Foreign educated applicants must have their educational credentials evaluated by a credentials evaluation service acceptable to the Board of Psychology in addition to the criteria of Rule 64B19-11.0035, F.A.C. A list of approved evaluation services is available in the application instructions.
  • If you were awarded your degree from an institution outside of the United States or Canada, a letter of APA comparability of your program is required. You may refer to Rule 64B19-11.0035, F.A.C. for details.

Licensure by Endorsement of Other State Licensure

You are not required to use this method if licensed in another state. However, it is an option that may be used by someone who holds an active, valid license as a psychologist in another state, provided that when such license was secured, the requirements were substantially equivalent to or more stringent than those in Florida at that time. If no Florida law existed at that time, then the requirements in the other state must have been substantially equivalent to or more stringent that those currently required by Florida Statutes. See section 490.006, F.S. for more information.
  • Florida Laws and Rules Examination

Licensure Requirements
The requirements you were licensed under must have been substantially equivalent or more stringent than Florida at the time you were licensed. The Board will make its determination based upon but not limited to the following:
  • Education
  • Supervision
  • Required exams

Licensure by Endorsement: ABPP

This method means an applicant is a diplomat in good standing with the American Board of Professional Psychology, Inc. (ABPP)<

Licensure Requirements
Is a diplomat in good standing with the American Board of Professional Psychology, Inc.

Examination Requirements
Florida Laws and Rules Examination

Licensure by Endorsement: 20 Years of Experience

Licensure Methods
This method of licensure requires that the applicant possess a doctoral degree in psychology as described in section 490.003, F.S., and has at least 20 years of experience as a licensed psychologist in any jurisdiction or territory of the United States within 25 years preceding the date of application.

Licensure Requirements
A Psy.D., an Ed.D. in psychology, or a Ph.D. in psychology from: n educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had institutional accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education or was recognized as a member in good standing with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and a psychology program within that educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had programmatic accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education.

Examination Requirements
Florida Laws and Rules Examination

Licensure by Provisional Psychologist

Licensure Requirements

Education Requirements:
A Psy.D., an Ed.D. in psychology, or a Ph.D. in psychology from: an educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had institutional accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education or was recognized as a member in good standing with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and a psychology program within that educational institution which, at the time the applicant was enrolled and graduated, had programmatic accreditation from an agency recognized and approved by the United States Department of Education. (Only graduates from American Psychological Association (APA) accredited programs meet this criteria.)

Supervision Requirements:
Provisional psychology licensees should not practice without the appropriate supervision. All supervision must conform to the requirements outlined in Rule 64B19-11.011, F.A.C. Practicing without the appropriate supervision may result in disciplinary action being taken against the provisional psychology licensee.

Licensure by Limited License Psychologist

Licensure Methods

Non-Remunerated: Volunteer who is not paid for services.
  • Total Due: $5.00
  • Requires Fee Waiver Affidavit


Remunerated: Paid employee; total due: $30.00

Licensure Requirements
The following criteria must be met to become a limited license psychologist in Florida:
  • The applicant was licensed to practice psychology in any jurisdiction in the United States for at least 10 years.
  • The applicant is retired or will retire from the active practice of psychology within six (6) months of the date of the application.


The limited licensee can only practice in the employ of public agencies or institutions or nonprofit agencies or institutions which meet the requirements of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and which provide professional liability coverage for acts or omissions of the limited licensee. Limited licensees may provide services only to the indigent, underserved, or critical need populations within the state.

General Licensing Requirements

How to Apply for Licensure

Submit a completed application, fees and all required supporting documents to:
For Applications and Fees (Regular Mail)

Department of Health
Board of Psychology
P.O. Box 6330
Tallahassee, Florida 32314-6330

Without Fees (Regular Mail)
Department of Health
Board of Psychology
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-05
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255

The application package contains additional information regarding the application, the fees, other required documentation, and special testing accommodations due to ADA or religious conflict issues and examination information.

Application Deadlines
Section 120.60, Florida Statutes, states an agency is allowed 30 days from receipt of the application and fee to review an application and notify the applicant in writing of any deficiencies. If notification of application status has not been received within 40 days of the Department’s receipt of the application, you may contact the board's administrative office. It is recommended that all applicants submit applications and documentation as far in advance of deadlines as possible. Every application for a license shall be approved or denied within 90 days after receipt of a completed application. To ensure that your application is reviewed at the next available board meeting, it must be complete 30 days prior to that board meeting.

Fees

Exam/Bifurcation Fees
Application Fee $250.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $250.00
Florida Laws & Rules Examination Fee $85.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
Total Fee:
$590.00

Exam with Waiver/Bifurcation Fees
Application Fee $250.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $250.00
Florida Laws & Rules Examination Fee $85.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
Total Fee:
$590.00

Endorsement Fees
Application Fee $250.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $250.00
Florida Laws & Rules Examination Fee $85.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
Total Fee:
$590.00

Provisional Psychologist Fees
Application Fee $250.00 (non-refundable)
Initial Licensure Fee $250.00
Unlicensed Activity Fee $5.00
Total Fee: $505.00

Exam Fees and Information:

The national exam fee is to be paid directly to the testing service.

National Exam: The EPPP National Exam is only offered by computer-based testing (CBT). Once the Board of Psychology has approved your application, you will be directed to the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website at http://www.asppb.net/EPPPsignup, which contains current and important information for exam candidates, as well as a link to where the application for the exam online will be completed and the required examination fee will be paid.

Please note that, effective March 1, 2013, the registration fee for the EPPP is $600
. Prometric will also assess a CBT administration fee. Please see the EPPP candidate bulletin for the current CBT administration fee. Once you complete the EPPP application, an authorization to test (ATT) message will be immediately generated and forwarded to you. Upon receipt of the ATT letter, you may contact the testing vendor, Prometric, to schedule the date and location of your exam within your 60-day authorization window*. Please note that the candidate bulletin is available at http://www.asppb.net/InfoForCandidates
*Approved applicants who do not schedule within the authorization window will need to contact the Board office for assistance.

State Exam: The psychology laws and rules exam is a computer-based test administered on a continual basis by Prometric, Inc. You may schedule your examination through Prometric at any time, beginning 7-10 days from your receipt of a letter from the Board approving you for the exam. You will receive a preliminary exam score at the exam site. However, licenses cannot be issued until the board office receives official notification of your score from the Department of Health Testing Services. Approved candidates will pay $48.00 directly to the testing vendor in addition to the $85.00 paid to the Department.

You may obtain a Candidate Information Booklet (CIB) and study packet through our examination website. The CIB includes information about how to schedule your examination, examination procedures, and what you should expect after taking your examination. Study packets are only valid for the year listed on the front cover. Please verify that you are reviewing the appropriate packet for your scheduled examination.

Make checks or money orders payable to the "Department of Health." Applicants and licensees are responsible for the fees outlined in applicable board or department rule at the time an application is received.