Although Idaho is home to more than 600 licensed psychologists, there is just one APA-approved psychology doctoral program offered in the state. Every year, between five and seven candidates are admitted to Idaho State University’s Doctor of Philosophy program in clinical psychology. Candidates will study for four years at ISU’s Pocatello-based campus and complete a year of clinical internship.

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The state of Idaho requires psychology license candidates to graduate from a doctoral program, complete both a pre- and a post-doctorate supervised experience, and pass a national exam.

Idaho’s Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Idaho are permitted to do the following:

  • Apply principles of psychology to personnel evaluations, group relations, and behavior adjustment efforts
  • Render counseling, testing, diagnosis, and treatment services
  • Research problems related to human behavior

Idaho’s Psychology Licensing Authority

The Idaho Board of Psychologist Examiners protects public health, safety, and welfare by issuing licenses and regulating psychologists in the state.

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

Received a doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association (APA) approved program at a regionally accredited institution

Completed a supervised pre-doctoral internship

Completed a supervised post-doctoral experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)

Other Idaho Licensing Criteria
  • The psychology doctoral program must be a professional psychology program, a coherent entity within an institution of higher education, and under the responsibility of a clear authority who holds a title as a doctoral psychologist and member of the core faculty. It must be comprised of at least three years of full-time graduate study, one of which is spent full-time on campus. Three semester credit hours must be passed at the doctoral level in: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, individual difference, scientific and professional standards and ethics, research design and methodology, techniques of data analysis, psychological measurement, history and systems of psychology, and multiculturalism and individual diversity.

  • The pre-doctoral internship must be completed at a site approved by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers or an equivalent.

  • The pre-doctoral supervised experience must be at least 1,000 hours completed in a 12-36 month period. The experience can only be begun after a year of full-time graduate study. A licensed psychologist trained in the specific area of practice for which they are supervising must supervise one out of every 20 hours. Supervised hours must be documented and turned in to the Board for review.

  • A candidate will work under the title of either a psychologist in training or a psychologist under supervision during his/her post-doctoral supervised experience. Psychologists under supervision have graduated from a doctoral program and passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), whereas psychologists in training have graduated but not yet taken or passed the EPP.

  • Psychologists in training must be under supervision and administrative control of a licensed psychologist when providing services. At least 50% of service must occur with the licensed supervisor on site. Psychologists under supervision are not required to be under administrative control but must be supervised by a licensed psychologist.

  • If a candidate fails the EPPP twice, he/she must wait a year and petition the Board to retake the exam. The Board will require that the candidate complete further study.

Idaho’s Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Idaho must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Idaho

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology

Psychology Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Candidate must complete the supervised work experience under the supervision of a psychologist trained in his/her specialization

License Renewal in Idaho

  • Licenses must be renewed annually. At least 20 hours of continuing education are required per renewal period. A minimum of four hours in ethics, standards of care and/or laws pertaining to the practice of psychology are required every three years.
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Salary and Employment Trends of Psychologists Practicing in Idaho

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Idaho vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Idaho 12.2%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Idaho 19.2%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Idaho 620

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