Home to the oldest state-chartered University (the University of Georgia), Georgia has a long history in preparing students for careers in psychology. Students can still study psychology at UGA in one of its three doctoral programs. At Georgia State University, doctoral students can chose from one of five specialty programs and even work with world-renowned psychologist Duane Rumbaugh studying chimpanzees and language.

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Candidates wishing to become licensed in Georgia must adhere to strict requirements including graduating with a doctoral degree, completing pre- and post-doctoral internship and work experience, and passing a national, state, and oral exam.

Psychologist Licensing in Georgia

Licensed psychologists in Georgia are allowed to perform the following tasks:

  • Diagnose and treat mental and nervous disorders including organic brain disorders and brain damage
  • Administer tests and measure aptitudes for education or vocational placement, or for counseling purposes
  • Render services to individuals, groups, organizations, and the public

Licensing Authority in Georgia

The Georgia Board Examiners of Psychologists licenses psychologist candidates in the state and monitors the professional conduct of psychologists practicing in the state.

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

Received a three year doctoral degree in applied psychology from an institution accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), an I/O program, or an international program

Completed a pre-doctoral supervised internship

Completed a 1,500 hour post-doctoral supervised work experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the Georgia jurisprudence examination

Passed an oral exam given by the Georgia Board of Examiners

Other Licensing Criteria
  • The doctoral curriculum must reflect competence in: the breadth of scientific psychology; scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations; assessment and measurements; treatment and intervention strategies; and cultural and individual diversity.

  • Requirements of the pre-doctoral internship vary depending on the psychology specialty of the candidate.

  • The post-doctoral supervised work experience may be completed over a one- or two-year period. One of every 30 hours must be under direct individual supervision for all candidates with exceptions for industrial or organizational psychology candidates.

  • The oral exam is based on a work sample from the candidate’s intended area of practice, which is to be sent to the Board for review prior to the examination. The exam is given by a subcommittee of the Board. If the candidate fails the oral examination, they must present themselves for a Full Board Exam. The candidate is allowed two attempts at the Full Board Exam. If not passed the second time, the license is denied.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Georgia

Psychologist candidates in Georgia must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), the Georgia jurisprudence exam, and an oral exam given by the Board.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Georgia

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Industrial or organizational psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Candidate must pass an oral exam given by the Board whose focus is based on a work sample from the candidate’s intended area of specialization

Georgia License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. License holders must complete 40 hours of continuing education each biennium. License holders must obtain six professional ethics credits from a personally attended workshop.
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Salary and Employment Trends for Georgia Psychologists

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Georgia vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Georgia 21.2%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Georgia 20.3%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other, employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Georgia 2,550

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

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