Colorado is home to great diversity – in both its famous natural beauty and its residents. Perhaps because of this, Colorado is one of the few states in the nation that requires diversity training and education as part of its licensing requirements. Psychology students in the Centennial state will receive that training in one of the state’s several well-respected psychology graduate programs.

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Colorado has strict and extensive licensing requirements. Candidates must complete practicums and internships and pass both a national and a state test in order to be eligible to practice psychology in the state.

Licensing for Colorado Psychologists

Colorado licensed psychologists are permitted to do the following:

  • Test, evaluate, and assess personal characteristics and provide counseling, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, hypnosis, biofeedback, and behavior analysis and therapy
  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders or conditions, substance abuse disorders, and the psychological effects of illness, accident, injury, or disability
  • Render services to individuals, groups, families, organizations, institutions, the public, and the courts

Licensing Authority in Colorado

The Colorado Board of Psychologist Examiners regulates the licensing of psychologist candidates in the state and deals with any allegations of misconduct.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Colorado must have completed the following steps:

Engaged in a practicum of at least 400 hours

Completed a full-time clinical psychology internship for at least 1,500 experience hours

Graduated with a psychology doctorate degree after at least three years of full-time study

Completed a post-doctoral supervised experience of at least 1,500 hours

Passed both the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the Colorado Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination

Other Colorado Psychology Licensing Criteria
  • The candidate must hold a degree from a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or one that is substantially equivalent.

  • The doctoral curriculum must include: professional ethics and standards, research design and methodology, theories and methods of effective intervention, theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, individual differences, and issues of cultural and individual diversity.

  • At least 150 of the 400 hours of practicum must be in direct service experience, and at least 75 hours must be in formally scheduled supervision.

  • Internship experiences must be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or be substantially equivalent. The candidate must be supervised by a licensed psychologist during the internship.

  • Post-doctoral internships must be completed under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. If desired, the candidate can chose to complete up to 375 of the hours under the supervision of a psychiatrist. At least 75 hours must be completed under direct supervision, and 50 of those hours must be individually supervised. Up to 500 hours may be completed in a research or teaching capacity.

  • At least 50 hours in racial and ethnic bases of behavior must be part of the post-doctoral experience, all of which can be substituted by three semester hours of graduate level credit.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Colorado

Psychologist candidates in Colorado must pass both national and state examinations to become licensed. Colorado requires the candidates to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) and the state issued Colorado Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Colorado

  • General Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements

License Renewal

  • Licenses expire on August 31 of odd-numbered years and must be renewed to continue practicing.
  • Reinstatement requires 10 hours of continuing education for each year or portion since the license has expired.
Colorado Licensure Resources

Psychologists Practicing in Colorado Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Colorado vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Colorado 16%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Colorado 15%

Number Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists and Psychologists, Other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Colorado 2,550

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and salary data in Colorado, please visit the following resources.

Colorado Psychology Resources