Did You Know? Changes to practice endorsement registration standards and guidelines
The Psychology Board of Australia has streamlined and updated the structure of the registration standard for endorsement in line with the National Law. Qualifications and time frames are now stipulated in the guidelines and no longer in the registration standard. The purpose of these changes is to improve the training experience for both registrars and supervisors. These changes are effective 1 December 2019.
If you have completed an accredited Masters, Doctorate or a combined Masters/PhD qualification, the following changes apply:
- a slight reduction in required supervised hours
- only two progress reports are required for submission – one at the halfway point of supervised practice – as determined by the registrar – and one at the end of the program
- fortnightly supervision is now a recommendation and no longer a requirement
- up to 25% of supervision sessions may be less than one hour long
- supervision is not required to be face-to-face
- registrar programs no longer have a time limit in which to be completed
- Individuals who previously held endorsement before taking a break from practice, are eligible to reinstate their endorsement when returning to practice, provided they meet the requirements of general registration
The New Accreditation Standards
The new accreditation standards for psychology allow higher education institutions to offer a one-year bridging course to psychologists in order to undertake endorsement. These institutions will need to develop their own program standards and set their own entry requirements. Accreditation of these programs will still need to be APAC and Board-approved.
Detailed information about these changes can be found at Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.
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