There are three common achievements that a psychology student must meet in order to become a practicing psychologist in the United States and Canada. These include:
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) was formed in 1961 in order to facilitate the written examination as well as to standardize the licensing and certification of all psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. Every practicing psychologist in the US and Canada must meet the standards and qualifications set forth by the Association before beginning formal practice. As part of this goal, the ASPPB has designed and currently administers the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Ultimately, the ASPPB is a voice for the responsible regulation of the practice of psychology.
The ASPPB notes that their Mission Statement is:
To enhance services and support its member jurisdictions in fulfilling their goal of advancing public protection by:
In addition to administering the EPPP, the ASPPB coordinates the cooperative efforts and communication of the individual state and province licensing boards, maintains a Disciplinary Data Bank, issues a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ), advocates for the widespread acceptance of the CPQ and the ASPPB Agreement of Reciprocity (AOR), maintains a Credentials Verification Program (CVP), and provides a Score Transfer Service.
For additional information on the ASPPB you can contact the Association as follows:
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
P.O. Box 3079
Peachtree City, GA 30269