The licensing and regulation of psychologists in Vermont is overseen by the Board of Psychological Examiners, which ensures that applicants for licensure as psychologists are appropriately qualified and follow professional standards. Prospective psychologists in Vermont must complete years of education and follow the procedures set out by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to become licensed to practice psychology in the state. Common questions about this process that this page can help answer include:
Three Steps to Become a Psychologist in Vermont
Wherever you are on the route to becoming a psychologist in Vermont, Psychology Degree 411 has the information you need to take the next step:
1. Earn a BS or BA and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. A bachelor’s degree in psychology or a closely related subject is the first step to becoming a licensed psychologist in Vermont. All levels of psychology licensure in the state require a post-graduate degree at the master’s level or above, so candidates should also plan to pursue at least a master’s degree in psychology following earning their baccalaureate degree. Refer to the following list of schools offering psychology degrees in Vermont for further information on available programs.
2. Earn a Doctorate in Psychology. Although it is possible in Vermont to become licensed as a Psychologist-Master without completing a doctoral degree, it is necessary to obtain a doctorate in order to become licensed as a Psychologist-Doctorate. Refer to a list of programs offering advanced degrees in psychology in Vermont to find the program that suits your needs.
3. Follow the Licensing Process for Psychologists in Vermont.
The state of Vermont licenses and allows psychologists to practice at two levels: Psychologist-Master and Psychologist-Doctorate. Though in many areas the requirements are the same, such as required examinations and hours of supervision, applicants should be careful to follow the instructions outlined by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners for the category for which licensing is sought. Note that in Vermont school psychologists are licensed by the Vermont Department of Education and follow a different route to licensure.
1. Take the Vermont Jurisprudence Exam.
Candidates for licensure as a psychologist must first take the Vermont Jurisprudence Exam. The Vermont Jurisprudence Exam is accessed online and is open book. An answer sheet is included with the application for licensure and should be completed and included with the application.
2. Complete Supervised Experience Hours.
All candidates for licensure as a psychologist in Vermont must complete 4, 000 hours of supervised experience. The required hours are the same for both Psychologist-Master and Psychologist-Doctorate candidates. No more than forty hours in a given week will be credited towards the experience requirements.1 All experience hours must be completed within five years from the initial date of the application for licensure.1
The required hours for supervised experience can be accumulated both prior to and following the award of the doctoral degree. However, at least 2, 000 hours of supervised experience must be earned following award of the post-graduate degree.1 Additionally, the post-graduate hours must be supervised by at least two different supervisors for at least 500 hours per supervisor.1
Psychologist-Master candidates who later pursue a doctorate with the aim of obtaining licensure as a Psychologist-Doctorate must complete an additional 2, 000 hours of post-doctoral supervision following award of a doctorate to qualify for the next level of licensure.1
Candidates should ensure that the supervisors completing verification forms as part of the application for licensure include up-to-date copies of their psychologist’s license. Supervisors must be licensed as psychologists in Vermont; the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners has determined that psychologists only licensed in other states are not eligible to supervise hours for prospective Vermont licensees.
3. Submit the State of Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners Psychologist Application.
A copy of the applicant’s vita or resume clearly detailing all relevant work experience should be included with the application. Applicants must also request that the schools at which graduate work was completed forward official transcripts directly to the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners.
Candidates for licensure whose graduate degrees were not granted by a program accredited by the Joint Accreditation Program of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the American Psychological Association, or the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology must also include detailed program information with the application for licensure.
Vermont Secretary of State
Office of Professional Regulation
Board of Psychological Examiners
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Note that at least one of the reference letters must be from a supervising psychologist, and all must attest to the candidate’s competence and fitness to practice psychology.
4. Achieve a Passing Score on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology.
As with most other states, Vermont requires psychologist candidates to pass the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). Candidates may only sit for the exam following approval of the application for licensure. In Vermont, a passing score on the EPPP is considered a score of 500 or above.
The exam may be taken in English or bilingual French. All tests are administered by Prometric in a computer delivered format. Candidates will be given instructions on registering for the exam upon receipt of the authorization to test.