Accreditation

Since 2005, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has been the national accrediting authority responsible for the assessment and accreditation in Australia, of programs of study in psychology. The School of Psychology recognises the importance of accreditation and the process of accrediting programs of study in psychology.

All of our undergraduate, fourth year and postgraduate programs of study in psychology are fully accredited by APAC and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia as a pathway of suitable training for registration as a psychologist in Australia.

The education and training requirement for general registration as a Psychologist is a six year sequence. This comprises of a four year accredited program of study, such as an undergraduate degree + fourth year (e.g. Honours or Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology), followed by two years of supervised practice as a Provisional Psychologist.

Provisional registration enables you to complete a period of supervised practice required for General registration as a psychologist. The supervised practice component can be achieved either by completing the Supervised Practice Program as approved by the Psychology Board of Australia or by completing an accredited Masters or Doctoral program of study at university.

General registration is available to psychologists who meet the eligibility requirements under section 52 of the National Law. General registration as a psychologist enables an individual to work in any area of psychology that is within their scope of competence and use the title 'Psychologist.' All psychologists with General registration meet a minimum standard of education and training They have been assessed as a suitable person to hold General registration in the profession.

Further information on how to become registered as a Psychologist can be obtained from the Psychology Board of Australia.

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The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the peak professional association representing psychologists in Australia. The APS promotes psychology as a discipline and profession by spreading the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives by advancing scientific knowledge and community wellbeing.

The APS offers its members access to professional and practitioner resources, including specific journals, ethics resources, and events calendars, and through special interest groups it offers regular professional development activities. A large proportion of registered psychologists are APS members.

The APS has a range of membership grades to cater for the broad range of people involved in the discipline and profession of psychology. Each grade has specific requirements, which are based on the applicant’s level of tertiary education in psychology.

Full membership of the APS requires at least six years of Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited study in psychology, including two years at Masters or Doctoral level.

Associate membership of the APS can be obtained by completing an APAC accredited four-year undergraduate sequence of study (e.g., an Undergraduate Degree + Honours Year).

Affiliate membership requires the completion of a three-year sequence of study in an APAC approved course in psychology.

Undergraduate students studying any APAC accredited psychology units are eligible to become APS student subscribers. This subscription is dependent on continuing study in psychology.

The APS has nine specialist colleges representing diverse specialisations in the profession. The specialist Colleges of the APS are in the areas of neuropsychology, forensic, community, health, clinical, counselling, education and development, organisational and sports psychology. All APS College members have typically completed six or seven years of full-time university education, (including a Masters or Doctorate) and ongoing supervision in their specialist area.

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