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Pathways to Industrial/Organisational Psychology
Since SIOPA’s inception in 2016, we have been asked by students, business leaders and those interested in the field how to become an endorsed Organisational Psychologist. As organisations and the public continue to recognise the unique skillset and expertise Industrial/Organisational (I/O) Psychologists offer, it is likely that I/O Psychology will continue to be the fastest growing area of psychology in Australia and the United States.
In Australia, the standard pathway to obtain practice endorsement in an area of psychology (e.g. Organisational, Clinical, Sport & Exercise) is the completion of an accredited higher degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), followed by a registrar program.
General Registration as a Psychologist
A minimum of six years education and training is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a Psychologist. This involves a four-year accredited sequence of undergraduate study and two years postgraduate study, both in psychology.
Following completion of this phase, individuals are eligible to apply for general registration. That is, they can call themselves a ‘Psychologist’.
Practice Endorsement in Organisational Psychology
To become eligible for practice endorsement in Organisational Psychology, an individual must complete a Board approved registrar program. The registrar program involves psychological practice, supervision and active continuing professional development. The duration of the program varies depending on the level of postgraduate study completed.
Following completion of this phase, individuals are eligible to apply for an area of practice endorsement. That is, they can call themselves an ‘Organisational Psychologist’.
Interested in Studying Industrial/Organisational Psychology?
The following universities offer I/O Psychology qualifications:
- Deakin University
- Griffith University
- Macquarie University
- Murdoch University
- The University of Adelaide
- The University of Queensland
- The University of Western Australia
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The Psychology Board of Australia develops standards, codes and guidelines for the profession and is responsible for registering Psychologists and provisional Psychologists, on behalf of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency .
For more information or queries, contact us.
In Australia, I/O Psychology is associated with a number of professional bodies. Governing bodies make decisions that impact on the profession and serve as regulatory authorities. They include the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Psychology Board of Australia and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
Representative bodies promote and advocate on behalf of the profession, represent member needs and provide continuing professional development (CPD). The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia is a representative body. As we only represent the interests and needs of I/O Psychology in Australia, we are able to strongly advocate on behalf of the profession.
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) supports the 14 National Boards in their role of protecting the public and setting standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet. AHPRA and the National Boards work together to register and renew health practitioners and, where required, investigate complaints or concerns regarding health practitioners.
AHPRA’s operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law applies in each Australian state and territory, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the National Law’.
Psychology Board of Australia
To practice as a psychologist in Australia, you MUST be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), one of the 14 National Boards managed by AHPRA. All health practitioners registered to practise are included on the national register of practitioners.
The core role of the PsyBA is to protect the public. They make sure that only practitioners who have the skills and qualifications to provide safe care and psychological services to the Australian community are registered to practise.
The functions of the PsyBA include:
- Registering Psychologists and provisional Psychologists
- Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the psychology professional
- Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings
- Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia, and
- Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is an independent, not-for-profit quality and standards organisation. APAC’s mission is to protect the public by conducting accreditation activities that ensure graduates of accredited programs receive a high quality education and are well equipped to employ their psychology knowledge and skills in the community.
Representative Industry Bodies
The Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia (SIOPA) is an independent and incorporated association founded in 2016. SIOPA is an industry group that represents I/O Psychologists and the discipline of I/O Psychology in Australia. The purpose of SIOPA is to create growth, supervision and professional development opportunities for I/O Psychology practitioners in Australia.
You do not have to be a member of a representative industry body, such as SIOPA, or any other national industry group or association to be registered as a Psychologist with AHPRA. However, we recommend that you connect with your community and promote and support it where you can. Representative bodies provide many services including professional development and networking opportunities.
Would You Like More Information?
- Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Psychology Board of Australia
- Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
- Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology Australia
For more information or queries, contact SIOPA.