No Post-Doc States for Psychologists

The following states have no requirement for post-doctoral hours:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Utah
  • Washington State
  • Wyoming

Angela Scott

3 years ago

The challenge with getting licensed before completing a post doc is the challenge with reciprocity. California won’t license you without a post doc or board certification. Hawaii you also have a post doc in order to be licensed, with no reciprocity unless board certified. I live in Arizona- and am completing a post doc for these reasons. Wish I didn’t have to though. I am not sure of other states and their rules, I was most interested in one day practicing in Cali or Hawaii.

Chris

3 years ago

Is this list still up to date?

Bar On

3 years ago

Thanks for your note Angela. You’re right! 50+ state governments cannot agree to a common criteria. You would not have to deal with all that if you were working in the federal government and had one state license somewhere. Between CA and HI, the latter seems like an easier process/choice, especially since you are currently completing the post-doc hours. Cheers!

Trudy Bond

3 years ago

This information isn’t accurate. Ohio requires one full year post doc before sitting for the exam.

Modern Psychologist

3 years ago

You are incorrect Trudy. Checkout the NEW Lay in Ohio [OAC 4732-9-01 (I)] AND GRANDFATHER/OLD LAW [OAC 4732-9-01 (H)]

“NEW LAW” CANDIDATES”
Candidates with qualifying degrees and internships have a choice of applying for admission to examination under the new law, if desiring to use any qualifying pre-internship supervised experiences toward the 3,600 hour requirement. The new law provides an optional pathway to psychologist license eligibility without requiring, under certain circumstances, post- doctoral training.[

[http://psychology.ohio.gov/Portals/0/Licensing/2014.3.15%20PSYCH%20TRAINING%20VERIFICATION%20FORMS.pdf]

Trudy Bond

3 years ago

I will check out the new law. And you need to check out your spelling.

Trudy Bond

3 years ago

And please note that current graduates are still required to do 1800 hours of post-doc supervision, until April 16, 2017:
GRANDFATHER (“OLD LAW”) CANDIDATES
There is a “grandfather” provision in the law, which retains license eligibility for any person enrolled by June 6, 2009 in a regionally accredited academic institution and who is awarded a doctorate in psychology or school psychology from said institution before April 6, 2017. Students currently anticipating graduating from a program that is not accredited, designated, or approved should pay careful attention to this provision and the deadline to graduate. Said persons will be license eligible under the “old law”
which will include the requirement of completing two years (3,600 hours) of satisfactory experience under OAC 4732-9-01 (H), at least 1,800 hours of which must be post-doctoral.

Modern Psychologist

3 years ago

Trudy, ‘preciate that. The new OHIO law is so cool. It allows graduates to choose between the old law w/ post-doc requirement till 2017. Or they can choose to use their extensive pre-doc hours. More states should adopt its FLEXIBILITY.

Jay Robertson-Howell, PsyD, MSW

2 years ago

While moving away from postdoc requirements is awesome, Our advocacy needs to be directed in obtaining national licensure or state by state reciprocity. I was licensed in WA and although I did not need a postdoc (the first year the law went into effect), I still obtained a year of supervision my first year of employment. I was able to use this supervised experience as a postdoc year when I relocated to CA.
We need to focus on consistency across the board for licensure. There is no reason I should not be able to get a job in another state now that I have been licensed for 10 years.

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