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Psychologist Licensure Procedures in West Virginia

How to become a Psychologist in West Virginia...

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Explore the information below and begin your journey toward becoming a licensed psychologist in West Virginia. The following procedures have been the same for many years; however, they are subject to change and it would be wise to contact the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists at (304) 558-3040 if you have any concerns or questions regarding requirements for earning your West Virginia psychologist license.

I'm a High School Graduate...

Unfortunately, West Virginia psychologist licensure requirements insist that all applicants must be in the possession of a doctorate in psychology or a related field. However, as a high school graduate researching licensure requirements, you are way ahead of the curve.

The steps listed below will help you take advantage of your motivation and expedite your journey into a professional career in psychology.

Step One:

Education! The most important step you can take right now is to learn how you can begin advancing your current level of education and earn a college degree.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs you are currently qualified to begin!

Step Two:

Secondly, after researching your educational options, you should learn how you can add value to your resume. A great way to do this is by volunteering. Volunteering can also help you learn more about whether you enjoy working in a psychology style work environment.

The following are organizations who host volunteer opportunities across the state of West Virginia.

Finally, regardless of whether a career as a licensed psychologist is in your future or not, a higher education is always a great investment of your time and energy. So, go ahead and get started!

I've already received my Bachelor's or Master's degree...

West Virginia psychologist licensure requires candidates to possess a doctorate in psychology or a related field. On the bright side, with a bachelor's degree, you're already halfway there. Your next step should be to research and contact schools offering graduate programs in psychology.

Step One:

Contact schools offering Master's, PhD or PsyD programs you are interested in.

Step Two:

When choosing a Master's or Doctoral program, you will be narrowing your career focus. Since there are a large variety of areas where you can go within the field of psychology, it would be wise to speak with the career services personnel at your school to learn more about various opportunities you may participate in to boost yourself higher on the list of possible applicants for school and/or for a professional position once you have completed your schooling.

Step Three:

Once you have completed your PhD or PsyD program, you may continue down to:

I have finished my PhD or PsyD...

Follow the steps to learn how to acquire your Psychologist license in West Virginia.

Step One:

If you have earned a masters degree, you will need at least 5 years of supervised work experience. If you have your doctoral degree, you will need to complete 2 years of supervised work experience. An internship can count for one of the required years of supervised work experience.

You will find more details about supervision requirements and supervisor qualifications can be found here.

Step Two:

Now, you can request a West Virginia psychologist licensure application and submit the application including all supporting documents and required fees to the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

You will need to contact the West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychologists and have them send you an application packet for WV psychologist licensure. You may contact them by phone or email: (304)-558-3040 or wvpsychologybd@mail.state.wv.us

Step Three:

Once the Board has evaluated and approved your application, you will be notified in writing of your eligibility to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). When you have passed the exam, you will then need to take the state administered oral examination. You can find more information about the EPPP on the ASPPB website. More information regarding the oral examination can be found on the following pdf document.

Good Luck!

West Virginia Psychology Schools & Colleges
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