Psychology is a regulated profession, with those individuals wishing to practice as - and call themselves - a psychologist required to register with the Psychology Board of Australia, which is part of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
To be eligible to register as a psychologist, students must select their study pathway carefully, opting for courses accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) - or seeking accreditation from the Australian Psychological Society for units completed overseas.
More information about the requirements to achieve registration - such as additional training, continuing professional development, criminal checks and completion of appropriate courses of study - is available on the Psychology Board of Australia website.
The site also includes guidance for those students who require provisional registration in order to complete aspects of their studies:
Meet successful APS psychologists who are making a difference in their communities in this short film. You will discover that many of them often took some time before establishing themselves in their chosen fields, and their passion for psychology will encourage you to further explore the possibilities that lie ahead.