By the Division of Professional Licensure

I worked 40 hours a week for 50 weeks, so why didn't I qualify for 2000 hours of supervised experience?

You must be able to document through your supervisor/collaborator forms that you received 1 hour of supervision for every 16 hours of work. To receive credit for 2000 hours, you would need to document a minimum of 2.5 hours of supervision per week for 50 weeks. This supervision must be individual, or in groups no larger than 3.

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How can I get a copy of the regulations which govern the licensing and practice of psychology in Massachusetts?

You can download the regulations (251 CMR) from our web-site, or you can purchase them from:

State Bookstore
Room 116, State House
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 727-2834
Ask for Document number 251CMR.

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What will be covered in the Jurisprudence exam?

Please read the "Notice of Examination" sheet included with your application.

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I had five individual supervisors on my internship. Do all five have to fill out Supervisor/Collaborator forms?

A: Your Training Director can fill out the form, attaching an additional sheet which lists your supervisors' names, degree and licensure information, dates of supervision and hours per week of supervision, etc. Thus, the director can show summary information on the form, and spell it out in detail on an additional sheet.

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If my post-doctoral hours will not be complete when the application is due, can my supervisor fill out the Supervisor/Collaborator form projecting my hours to the date of the exam?

No. These forms can only be completed once your Post-Doc hours are complete.

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Can the same person complete a Professional/Ethical Form as well as a Supervisor/Collaborator Form?

Yes.

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I finished my doctoral degree requirements on a date which was earlier than the date I received my degree on my transcript. Can I use the earlier date?

The date on which you completed ALL requirements for your doctoral program is the date after which you were post-doctoral. If you defended your dissertation before your internship, but your program required an internship before it granted you your degree, then you are not post-doctoral until you have completed this requirement. The date on which you defended your dissertation cannot be used.

If, however, you completed ALL requirements for your doctoral degree on a date which precedes the date on your transcript ONLY because of the university's calendar, you must submit a notarized letter from the Department Chairman or Director of Training attesting to this in order to use the earlier date. The letter must be on university letterhead, must be notarized, and must arrive here in a signed, sealed envelope. The letter should clearly state the date on which you met all requirements for your doctoral degree.

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When do I renew my license?

Every two years by June 30th of the even numbered year.

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How m any continuing education credits (CE's) do I need to renew my license?

You must have a total of twenty (20) hours from 7/1 through 6/30 of that renewal cycle.

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Do I have to submit proof of my CE's with my renewal?

NO, you must maintain your own records. The Board conducts random audits. If you are audited, you will be required to provide proof of your continuing education activities to the Board. Licensees who fail to renew their license by the renewal date are also audited.

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What kind of continuing education programs are accepted by the Board?

Only programs that are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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If I teach a continuing education program, can I get credit for it?

No, teaching is not accepted.

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Are Home Study continuing education programs accepted?

Yes, provided they are offered through APA-approved sponsors.

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If I am a newly licensed psychologist, do I need the full 20 continuing education hours?

No, CE requirements are prorated according to how long you have been licensed. For example, if you were licensed for only one year of the two year renewal cycle, you would need to document only 10 continuing education credits. Please note that credits obtained from the study course for the EPPP exam are not acceptable, as the Board accepts only continuing education credits earned after your date of initial licensure.

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Does Massachusetts have licensure reciprocity with other states?

No, there is no formal reciprocity. Massachusetts will accept a passing score on the EPPP exam. Applicants must submit a complete Massachusetts application, documenting education and supervised experience. If approved, you would need to take and pass the Jurisprudence examination.

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Does Massachusetts utilize reciprocity mechanisms such as the CPQ, the National Register, or ABPP?

Yes, BUT ONLY IF YOU ARE LICENSED FIVE OR MORE YEARS IN ANOTHER STATE.

1) Applicants who are licensed 5 or more years and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers can, in addition to having the National Register submit an official letter of Certification to the Board office, omit the Supervisor-Collaborator Forms from their application, as well as the Internship Director Form. An official score report from ASPPB is still required, as are ALL other parts of the application. However, such applicants will not be denied if their coursework fails to conform to current licensure requirements.

2) Applicants licensed 5 or more years who hold the CPQ must submit all parts of the application, in addition to having ASPPB send an official score report and an official certification of the CPQ. However, such applicants will not be denied if their coursework fails to conform to current licensure requirements.

3) Applicants licensed 5 or more years who hold an ABPP must submit all parts of the application, in addition to having ASPPB send an official score report and an official certification of the ABPP. However, such applicants will not be denied if their coursework fails to conform to current licensure requirements.

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How often is the Jurisprudence examination given?

The Jurisprudence examination is offered daily.

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What is a passing score on the Jurisprudence exam?

70%

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How can I obtain an application and exam information?

Application materials can be downloaded from the Board's web-site.

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How often is the National Exam (EPPP) given?

It is given daily.

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What is the cut off score on the EPPP exam in Massachusetts?

For the computerized version, the passing score is 500.

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What is Health Service Provider certification?

A comprehensive description of this is available at our web-site. Please go to the Psychology page and choose "Applications and Forms". Then scroll down until you see the choice of "Health Service Provider Certification: what you should know".

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What does the 10 month requirement mean for pre- and post-doctoral supervised experience?

A: It means that you must work a minimum of 10 calendar months without vacation time. 10 calendar months are the equivalent of 43 weeks of work.

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If I don't pass the EPPP or the Jurisprudence examination, how quickly can I re-take each exam?

There is a mandatory 90 day waiting period between exam administrations.

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How long does it take for me to become licensed after I have taken and passed both exams?

Exam scores for the EPPP are transmitted to us on a twice monthly basis, with the scores for the 1 st through 15 th of a month on the first report, and the 16 th to the end of the month on the second. We receive these score reports within 5 business days after the close of the reporting period. These scores must be entered into the system, and a letter generated to the applicant. It takes about 7-10 days for the applicant to receive this letter once the scores are in the system. Exam scores for the Jurisprudence examination are transmitted more frequently. Once entered into the system, a letter must be generated and sent to the applicant, usually within 7-10 days. If the applicant has obtained passing scores for both exams, the letter directs the applicant to call a toll free number to pay for the license with a credit card. The payment date becomes the issue date for the license. The new licensee will appear on our web-site under "check a license" within 7-10 days of payment. The actual wallet size license takes up to 5 weeks to arrive by mail.

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Do I need to have a “formal” post-doctoral training program to qualify for Health Service Provider certification?

No.  The Health Service Training Program requirements outlined in 251 CMR 3.08 apply only to the internship year.

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Can you explain the post-doctoral requirements? I am having trouble understanding the regulations.

The following is a summary of the regulations regarding post-doctoral hours:

1. You must work in a health service setting (HSS: see board policy regarding definition of a HSS)

2. You must work a minimum of 16 hours per week

3. You must work a minimum of 4 months in any training experience

4. You must be providing direct clinical service for the benefit of the patient (e.g. services are tailored to the needs of the patient, not constrained by a research protocol)

5. If in a salaried position, you must have at least 25% direct client contact (face-to-face)

6. If in a fee-for-service position, you can count no more than one hour of indirect service for each hour of direct service

7. You must receive supervision of at least one hour per 16 hours of work.

8. Supervision (referred to as collaboration in the regulations), which must be face-to-face, must be provided by a licensed psychologist (with health service provider certification if in Massachusetts) for at least half of your supervision. The other half can be a licensed psychologist HSP, a board-certified psychiatrist, or a LICSW.

9. There must be a licensed person in one of the above categories on-site at all times services are rendered.

10. Supervision must occur at least once weekly

11. The supervisor must assess and constructively criticize the work of the trainee

12. The supervisor cannot be paid by the trainee

13. The supervisor must have a formal relationship with the Health Service Setting (staff members or consultants to the organization).

14. The supervisor or the organization for which the supervisor works and in which the post-doctoral trainee is training must assume legal, professional, and ethical responsibility for all services provided by the post-doctoral trainee.

15 .If group supervision is provided, the group can be no larger than 3 people discussing their cases.

16. You must complete 1600 qualifying hours in no less than 10 months/43 weeks of work. Vacation time does not count towards this requirement.

17. Your job title must clearly indicate your training status, e.g. psychology fellow, psychology post-doctoral trainee, post-doctoral resident)

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Can I do my continuing education on-line?

The Board requires that any continuing education program must be offered through an APA-approved sponsor.  The Board does not independently approve any CE programs and makes no exceptions.  The Board does not limit the number of CE credits you can obtain through on-line CE programs/courses, as long as it is offered through an APA-approved sponsor.

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How do I count publications for CE credit?

The Board’s regulations permit a licensee to obtain up to 10 credits per renewal cycle from a qualifying publication.  The publication must be either accepted for publication (properly documented) or published during the dates of the renewal cycle (July 1 of an even-numbered year to June 30 of the next even-numbered year).  Even if you have many qualifying publications, you cannot get more than 10 credits per renewal cycle for publications, and credits cannot be applied forward to the next cycle if you have “extra”. A qualifying publication is one in which you are first or second author, is clearly psychological in nature, published in a peer-reviewed journal, or a book from a reputable publisher (not self-published), or a chapter in such a book, which is substantial (not a brief commentary).  If it meets these requirements, you have 10 credits.   

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Can I get continuing education credit for offering a continuing education program or teaching a course?

No, that is not a qualifying category in the Board’s regulations.

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