Grade requirements

  • What grade of APS membership am I eligible for?

    Your eligibility for membership is determined by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study you have completed. There are different grades available depending on your completed qualifications. Please see the following link for further information regarding membership and the different grades of membership: www.psychology.org.au/membership/applying.

    Member APAC six-year accredited sequence 
    Associate Member APAC four-year accredited sequence 
    Affiliate APAC three-year accredited sequence  

     

  • I am currently studying a combined PhD/Masters degree and have finished the course-work for my Masters but my thesis has not yet been marked. Can I still apply for the grade of Member?

    The APS recognises only completed qualifications. For qualifications to be considered as part of a membership application, you will need to provide a certified copy of the academic transcript which clearly states that the qualification has been completed or conferred. Please note that the APS does not accept letters as official evidence of course completion.

  • I have just finished my Masters but have not been awarded the degree. Can I apply for the grade of Member?

    Possibly. You need to provide an official academic transcript which shows proof of completion of your degree or that you have met all the requirements of the degree. The Society assesses only completed qualifications. You may wish to apply for the grade of Associate Member and then upgrade to the grade of Member once you can obtain an official academic transcript from the university which states proof of completion.

Non-standard route to the grade of Member

  • How do I go about applying via the non-standard route?

    Please click the following link to the section on the APS website which has guides for applications via the non-standard route to the grade of Member:
    Membership grades and fees
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Registration and membership

  • Do I need to be registered as a psychologist to apply for the grade of Member of the Society?

    No. Please note that membership of the APS and registration as a psychologist in Australia are two distinct processes. You do not need to be registered as a psychologist in Australia to hold membership with the APS.

    The Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) determines the requirements for registration.

  • The registration board has granted me full registration on the basis that I have Masters equivalency. However, I have not yet officially completed my postgraduate degree. Can I apply as a Member or as an Associate Member?

    At this stage you are eligible to apply for the grade of Associate Member of the Society. Once you can obtain an official academic transcript which shows proof of completion of your accredited Masters degree, you may upgrade to the grade of Member.

  • I have just obtained full registration as a psychologist via the supervision pathway. Now that I have full registration, can I apply for the grade of Member?

    No. The standard route to the grade of Member requires successful completion of six years of APAC-accredited university training in psychology, through the attainment of an accredited four-year sequence of undergraduate study in psychology, followed by completion of either an APAC-accredited postgraduate coursework degree in psychology (minimum of two years full-time), or a postgraduate research degree in psychology (minimum of two years full-time). For example, completion of a Masters, PhD or a Doctorate degree after a BA (Honours).

    The non-standard route to the grade of Member is for people whose situation does not fit the standard route. To assist applicants to determine whether they would be likely to succeed in being elected to the grade of Member via the non-standard route, applicants should go to: Membership grades and fees.