Suitability for assessment

  • What is the difference between APS membership and registration as a psychologist?

    Registration as a psychologist in Australia and membership of the APS are entirely separate. The Psychology Board of Australia and the APS are distinct organisations.

    Registration

    To practise as a psychologist in Australia you must hold current registration. The Psychology Board of Australia is the body responsible for the registration of psychologists in Australia.

    For registration purposes applicants with qualifications obtained overseas are required to apply directly to the Psychology Board of Australia for an assessment of overseas qualifications for. Applicants do not need an APS assessment if they intend to apply for registration only.

    APS membership

    The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia with over 22,000 members. The mission of the APS is to advance the discipline and profession of psychology for the benefit of members and the communities they serve. Once your APS assessment has been completed, you may consider joining the APS.

  • I am a prospective student applying for entry to an accredited postgraduate psychology programme where practical training requires me to hold provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Do I need an assessment by both the APS and the Psychology Board of Australia?

    Students seeking to apply for an APAC accredited postgraduate psychology programme will only require an assessment conducted by the APS. Students applying for accredited postgraduate psychology programmes do NOT need an assessment from the Psychology Board of Australia to undertake the compulsory internship component of their postgraduate degree. The Psychology Board of Australia will grant provisional registration on the basis of your current enrolment into an APAC accredited postgraduate programme.

  • I am registered as a psychologist overseas - do I need to apply for an APS assessment for registration as a psychologist?

    Overseas qualifications must be assessed by the Psychology Board of Australia for eligibility for registration. The exception is New Zealand.

    If you hold registration in New Zealand you may obtain registration as a psychologist in Australia through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement. For further information, contact the Psychology Board of Australia. Unless you require an assessment for migration purposes, it is unlikely that you will be required to undergo an APS assessment of psychology qualifications.

  • I am currently completing psychology qualifications overseas and I want to complete my practical training in Australia. Can I complete practical training in Australia?

    To complete practical training (eg. an internship) in Australia you must hold current provisional registration. The Psychology Board of Australia sets the requirements for provisional registration, which are to have completed an APAC-accredited four year sequence of study in psychology in Australia or qualifications that are comparable to an APAC-accredited four year sequence of study in psychology. For further information about your intended internship you should contact the Psychology Board of Australia.

    For an assessment for the purpose of registration applicants with qualifications obtained overseas are required to apply directly to the Psychology Board of Australia.

  • I want to study psychology overseas - will my degree be recognised when I return to Australia?

    All non-APAC-accredited qualifications that are awarded by institutions outside Australia need to be assessed by the APS or the Psychology Board of Australia. There are no existing arrangements for mutual recognition of degrees from other countries.

  • My qualifications were completed more than 10 years ago. Can the APS assess my overseas qualifications for the purpose of entry into an APAC-accredited university course?

    The APS may assess your qualifications. However, before applying for an assessment, the APS advises that you contact the course coordinator of the program you wish to apply to. Recency of study requirements can vary by university. You are advised to confirm these requirements directly with the institution to which you intend to apply.

  • I have completed a bachelor degree with a major in psychology in Australia, do I meet the criteria to apply for skilled migration or a skilled graduate visa?

    No.

    In order to meet the requirements for skilled migration as a psychologist or a skilled graduate visa, you must have completed qualifications which have been assessed as comparable to a six year sequence of study in psychology by the APS, or hold full, current and unconditional registration as a psychologist in Australia. 

Submitting your assessment

  • Should I wait until I move to Australia before I apply to have my qualifications assessed?

    No. You may send your application for assessment from overseas. If the APS has any queries about your application, you will be contacted by email.

  • I am in my last semester of study - can the APS assess the degree before it is completed?

    No. The APS may only assess completed qualifications.

  • What documents do I need to provide to show that I have completed my course?

    You are required to provide certified true copies of an academic transcript and degree certificate (also called a diploma or testamur) for each completed qualification. If you are a recent graduate who has not yet been awarded the degree certificate for your qualification, the APS will likely require additional formal documentation from the awarding institution (in the form of a diploma supplement, or provisional degree certificate, for example). See the Guidelines and Procedures document for more information on certifying documents.

    The APS does not accept university letters as official evidence of course completion.

  • What is an originally certified document?

    This is a document that has been formally endorsed as true copies of the originals by a person or agency recognised by the law of your country and recognised by the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Immigration Office for this purpose.

    In Australia, persons who may certify documents include Justices of the Peace (JPs), Commissioners for Declarations, and legal practitioners. The APS also accepts documents which have been certified by an accountant, notary, pharmacist, physiotherapist, police officer or psychologist. The certifying officer must not be a family member or spouse.

    To have your copies certified you will need to present both the original and the copy of each document to the person certifying the copies. Each copy of the document must be certified separately and must show clearly:

    • the words ‘certified as a true copy of the original’;
    • the signature of the certifying officer; and
    • the name and address or provider/registration number (where appropriate) of the certifying officer legibly printed below the signature. It must be possible, from the details provided, for the APS to contact the certifying officer if necessary.

    Please note that it is the certified document itself which must be submitted with your application. A photocopy of a certified document is not valid.

  • What if my PhD thesis has been completed but is under examination - can I have my qualifications assessed?

    No.

    If your PhD thesis is currently under examination, the degree has not yet been formally completed. You may only apply for an assessment once you can provide either a certified copy of the degree certificate or a certified copy of the academic transcript which clearly states that the qualification has been completed or conferred.

Assessment process

  • Can the APS consider my work experience as part of the assessment?

    No.

    The APS may only consider completed qualifications as part of the assessment. Since work experience or employment history is not part of a formal university qualification, the APS may not consider them as part of its assessment of psychology qualifications.

  • Can the APS tell me what subjects I am missing to complete a major in psychology at an Australian university?

    The APS does not assess individual coursework units as part of its assessment. It is an Australian university's responsibility to determine the level of accepted credits within an APAC-accredited course. For further information about the APAC accreditation standards, please see www.psychologycouncil.org.au.

  • I want to apply to multiple universities to study, how many assessments do I need?

    You may use the same assessment to apply for entry into multiple universities. It is your responsibility to make certified copies of the Statement of Comparability for multiple purposes. Please note additional copies made by the APS may incur a fee.

  • What if I disagree with the assessment outcome?

    If you disagree with the Statement of Psychology Qualifications decision made by the APS you should contact the APS by phone, fax or email to discuss your assessment.

    If, after discussion with APS assessment staff you are still dissatisfied with the APS decision and are able to provide new material in support of a re-assessment, you should put your concerns in writing, request a re-assessment of your qualifications and attach the additional supporting documentation. Your letter should be addressed to the Coordinator, Assessments, APS, at the address listed on the back page.

    The APS will consider your application for re-assessment on the basis of your letter and the additional documentation supplied in support of your application, and respond to you in writing.

Preparing your application

  • What if I require an assessment for more than one reason such as migration and registration?

    As of 1 June 2016 the Australian Psychological Society will no longer be accepting applications for assessment of psychology qualifications for the purpose of registration. If you are seeking provisional or general registration to practise as a psychologist in Australia, you must apply directly to the Psychology Board of Australia

    An assessment for the purpose of skilled migration under the categories of psychologist is separate to the assessment for registration purposes conducted by the Psychology Board of Australia. Your assessment for skilled migration will not be accepted by the Psychology Board of Australia for the purpose of registration. Your assessment for registration purposes will not be accepted by the APS for migration purposes.

    The assessment for registration purposes does not guarantee you will receive a positive skill assessment. Similarly, a positive skill assessment will not guarantee you will receive registration.

  • I completed a degree by research - do I have to submit a transcript?

    Yes.

    The APS requires an official academic transcript that indicates the date on which the qualification was completed or conferred, and the years that you were enrolled in the course. The APS suggests that you contact the student records department of the university at which you studied for a transcript. In circumstances where the university does not routinely issue academic transcripts for research degrees, please contact the APS.

  • I don't have a bound copy of my thesis - do I need to submit certified copies of the required extracts?

    Yes.

    The APS requires that you submit a certified copy of the title page, table of contents and abstract of your thesis/major research project. If you do not have a bound copy of your thesis, you may have an electronic copy. If you have an electronic copy, you can print the required pages and have those pages certified as a true copy of the original.

    The APS also requires a list of supervisor(s) and examiner(s) indicating their profession and institutional affiliation.

English language proficiency

  • Am I eligible for exemption from providing evidence of English language proficiency?

    If you have completed all your academic training in psychology at a tertiary institution(s) in Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada or the USA where programs are conducted in English, you are exempt from sitting an English language assessment.

    The APS reserves the right to ask applicants to provide either the IELTS (Academic), PTE Academic or TOEFL iBT examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English proficiency.

  • Which tests meet the English language proficiency requirements?

    The APS will accept results from any of the following English language examinations:

    • IELTS (Academic) - the International English Language Testing System (Academic module)
    • PTE Academic - the Pearson Test of English, Academic
    • TOEFL iBT - the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test
  • Which examination do I need to take and what scores do I need?

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements you must achieve the required minimum scores in one of the above English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified:

    a) the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

    NOTE: We will only accept test results:

      • from one test sitting, or
      • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
    • you achieve a minimum overall score of 7 in each sitting, and
    • you achieve a minimum score of 7 in each component across the two sittings, and
    • no score in any component of the test is below 6.5.

    b) the PTE Academic  with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

    NOTE: We will only accept test results:

      • from one test sitting, or
      • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only if:
    • a minimum overall score of 65 is achieved in each sitting, and
    • you achieve a minimum score of 65 in each of the communicative skills across the two sittings, and
    • no score in any of the communicative skills is below 58

    c) the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total  score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:

    • 24 for listening,
    • 24 for reading,
    • 27 for writing, and
    • 23 for speaking.

    NOTE: We will only accept test results:

    • from one test sitting, or
    • a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period only   if:
    • a minimum total score of 94 is achieved in each sitting, and you achieve a minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for  reading, 27 for writing and 23 for  speaking across the two sittings, and
    • no score in any of the sections is below, 20 for listening, 19 for reading, 24 for writing, and 20 for speaking.
  • How do I provide evidence that I have completed an English language examination?

    You must provide a certified copy of a satisfactory and valid result, or arrange for the evidence to be sent directly from the testing centre to the APS.

    For PTE Academic results, you may send these results securely through the PTE web site to the APS.