Competencies of APS psychologists

Psychologists possess a high level of knowledge and skills when entering the profession after completing six years of university training. This is the minimum level of education now required to become a Member of the APS. The Society has developed a set of competencies that Members must meet to ensure an effective and professional discipline. They apply to practitioners, academics and researchers who consult with students, business and the broader community.

Competencies of APS College Members

APS psychologists seeking entry to a College as a Member should possess a high level of specialist knowledge and skills. These are detailed in a set of competencies developed by the Society. APS Colleges represent the specialist areas that psychologists practise in, such as sport psychology.

Advances in the discipline and specialised professional area should also be continually updated through professional development activities, which are necessary to maintain membership of the College.

Recognising an APS psychologist

APS psychologists are recognised by the post-nominals after their names:

  • HonFAPS (Honorary Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society)
  • FAPS (Fellowof the Australian Psychological Society)
  • MAPS (Member of the Australian Psychological Society)
  • Assoc MAPS (Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society)


  • John Smith, MAPS, Psychologist
  • Mary Citizen, PhD, FAPS, Organisational Psychologist

Many APS psychologists also display the ‘APS Psychologist’ and ‘Good Thinking' logos when promoting their practice.