There are currently three pathways to general registration available to fourth year graduates.
Option one: 4 + 2 internship pathway
The 4+2 pathway involves gaining employment in a psychological role and provisional registration with the PsyBA, before completing a PsyBA-regulated two-year internship of supervised practice.
Upon successful completion of the two-year internship, graduates can then apply for general registration as a psychologist with the PsyBA.
Option two: 5 +1 internship pathway
The 5+1 pathway consists of completing a one-year APAC-accredited Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, gaining provisional registration with the PsyBA, then undertaking a PsyBA-regulated one-year internship of supervised practice.
Upon successful completion of the 5+1 pathway, graduates can then apply for general registration as a psychologist with the PsyBA.
Option three: APAC-accredited postgraduate professional psychology degree
Fourth year graduates who are accepted into an APAC-accredited fifth or sixth year program are eligible to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA. A postgraduate student must hold provisional registration in order to undertake the supervised practice component of the course - otherwise known as a placement.
Read more aboutprovisional registration at the PsyBA website.
This pathway requires that a candidate undertake a minimum two-year, APAC-accredited postgraduate degree (fifth and sixth year of study). Upon completion, candidates are eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist with the PsyBA.
Current types of APAC-accredited professional postgraduate degrees are Masters, Doctorate and Masters/PhD, involving coursework, placements and a thesis. Degrees are offered in nine areas of psychological practice (PsyBA-approved areas of practice endorsement):
- clinical neuropsychology
- clinical psychology
- community psychology
- counselling psychology
- educational and developmental psychology
- forensic psychology
- health psychology
- organisational psychology, and
- sport and exercise psychology.
Details of accredited postgraduate courses can be found on the APAC website.
Those who complete this option can then choose to work towards gaining eligiblilty for an area of practice endorsement with the PsyBA in their relevant area of practice (see Step 4).
Note: Entry into postgraduate courses is currently highly competitive. Please contact the university that you intend to apply to for more information about their course entry requirements.