South Carolina Code of Regulations
Chapter 100 - DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION-- STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
100-1 - Application for License to Practice Psychology.

Universal Citation: SC Code Regs 100-1

100-1. Application for License to Practice Psychology.

A. A candidate for licensure shall furnish the Board with satisfactory evidence that he or she:

(1) (a) has had four years of combined academic training in psychology and qualifying experience including a doctoral degree in psychology from an educational institution which is accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency of colleges and universities, and whose program is accredited by a recognized national accrediting agency. In lieu of such degree, a candidate may meet criteria established by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) (See Appendix A).

(b) holds a doctoral degree in a closely allied field from an educational institution which is accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency of colleges and universities, provided that the Board finds the training obtained therein is substantially equivalent to that obtained in programs leading to the doctor's degree in psychology that meets ASPPB guidelines;

(2) has not within the preceding six months failed an examination given by the Board;

(3) is competent in psychology as shown by passing such written and oral examinations as the Board deems necessary;

(4) is not engaged in unethical practices; and

(5) has had two years of supervised professional experience, one year of which may be pre-doctoral. The supervisor shall be a psychologist in good standing who is licensed in the State or who holds an equivalent license in good standing from another state. Supervision shall be within the area of the supervisor's competency. There shall be a minimum of one hour per week of face to face supervision as set out in a supervision contractual agreement between the supervisor and supervisee. The Board shall be notified in writing by the supervisor of the details of the supervisory agreement, when applicable, prior to its initiation and at its conclusion. When the Board deems appropriate, the supervised experience may be waived.

B. (1) An educational institution which is accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency of colleges and universities is defined as an educational institution which satisfies the standards of the following accrediting association in one of the six regions throughout the United States:

(a) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;

(b) Western Association of Colleges and Schools;

(c) Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges;

(d) North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;

(e) New England Association of Schools and Colleges; or

(f) Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

(2) A program which is accredited by a recognized national accrediting agency is defined as a program which is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

C. (1) Each candidate for licensure must file with the Board written application materials on forms which will be furnished upon request. The application forms must be completed in their entirety with all items completed on all pages. To be assured of Board review, applications for review at a meeting of the Board must be complete 30 days prior to that meeting.

(2) Official, terminal transcripts indicating all graduate course work and degree(s) must be sent by the graduate institution(s) to the Board prior to Board review of the application for licensure.

(3) All educational requirements for licensure (including completion of the doctoral program and the internship or pre-doctoral supervision) must have been satisfied on or before the submission date of the application materials to the Board.

(4) If the Board requests additional information from an applicant, the applicant has 90 days to respond. Failure to respond within 90 days may result in denial of the application. Thereafter, the applicant may be required to submit a new application, fee and documentation. This 90 day deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Board.

(5) The Board has no formal agreements with other state boards to license applicants by reciprocity. The Board can consider for licensure by reciprocity only those applicants for licensure who have been previously licensed by a state board whose criteria for licensure are equal to or more stringent than the criteria used by this Board.

(6) The application process consists of the following requirements:

(a) A Preliminary Application for Licensure (the American Association of State Psychology Boards Education and Credentialing Requirements Data Form) which must be approved by the Board prior to continuation with the licensure application process; the Preliminary Application for Licensure must be accompanied by the application fee. The Preliminary Application for Licensure documents graduate course work and training appropriate for licensure; if the applicant has not graduated from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association, then the applicant must attach supporting materials to the Preliminary Application for Licensure (including a description of the graduate program, course descriptions, and program information from a graduate bulletin) to assist Board members in the evaluation of the graduate program.

(b) Formal Application materials which include, but are not limited to, a Formal Application, Pre-doctoral Supervision Form, Supervision Contract, Supervisor's Report Form, three character references, three professional references and documentation of a passing score on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology.

(7) An applicant must satisfactorily complete all requirements for licensure within three years from the date of Board approval of the Preliminary Application for Licensure or the applicant may be required to submit a new application, fee and documentation. The Board may extend this period upon sufficient proof of hardship submitted to the Board.

(8) An applicant for a Temporary Permit must complete both the Preliminary Application for Licensure and Formal Application materials and submit these materials with the Temporary Permit fee.

D. An applicant may only advertise in a competency for which he or she demonstrates competence, and appropriate education and training as determined by the Board.

HISTORY: Added by State Register Vol 2, eff May 30, 1978. Amended by State Register Volume 8, Issue No. 5, eff May 25, 1984; State Register Volume 15, Issue No. 6, eff June 28, 1991; State Register Volume 31, Issue No. 6, eff June 22, 2007; State Register Volume 38, Issue No. 6, Doc. No. 4439, eff June 27, 2014.

Editor's Note

1990 Act No. 441, ยง 2, effective April 24, 1990, provides as follows:

"The State Board of Examiners in Psychology shall promulgate regulations implementing the requirements for continuing education under Section 40-55-85, as added in Section 1 of this act, by January 1, 1991."

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