The following pointers may be helpful for your understanding and complying with licensing laws and related matters:
Keep a copy of your state licensing law handy, be fully aware of what the law addresses, and check it regularly for updates. Licensing laws change over time, and it important to keep abreast of any revisions. Further, your state licensing law may refer to related legal issues such as patient confidentiality and recordkeeping. To comply fully with your state licensing law, it also is important to keep track of updates and comply with changes to any such related laws.
Know who’s exempt from licensure. As implied earlier in this article, state laws generally include language about who is “exempt” from licensure by the psychology licensing board. Those who engage strictly in teaching, research, or providing services in organizational settings often are exempt from generic licensure as a psychologist.
Practitioners who work in most public schools go through a separate credentialing process typically handled by the state department of education, not the psychology licensing board. Psychology licensing laws generally include citations to other state regulations that govern “school psychologists” in public schools. A licensed psychologist working in the public schools has the latitude to also practice independently outside of schools without facing the constraints that apply in school settings.
Familiarize yourself with the licensing board disciplinary process. A portion of the APA’s “Model Act for State Licensure of Psychologists” specifies the powers and duties of the licensing board to conduct investigations, hold hearings, consider evidence or allegations brought against a psychologist, and to discipline a licensee for violation of law or regulation. This Model Act has been used over the years by many states in developing their licensing laws.
The document "Understanding Licensing Board Disciplinary Procedures," developed by the CAPP/BPA Task Force on Understanding Licensing Board Disciplinary Procedures, may be a helpful resource for ensuring appropriate understanding of the disciplinary process.
Know about any continuing education (CE) requirements related to retaining your license. You should be clear about whether the applicable jurisdiction requires evidence of continuing education in order for you to retain your license and, if so, what specific CE requirements apply.
If you are still in training, it is important to become fully aware well in advance of licensing requirements in any states you may be considering for practice. Prospective applicants need to sure they have met all applicable requirements before applying for licensure. Preparing well in advance for initial licensure can help avoid delays in beginning practice.