Licensing Requirements as a Psychologist in California*


If licensing is the ultimate goal of the student, the Institute encourages the student to check with her or his respective state, and professional associations to ascertain requirements as these change from time to time. Please see CIHS’ On Accreditation. CIHS began the regional accreditation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2014 and while we cannot guarantee outcome or timeframe, we have full intention to meet the state’s 2020 deadline for accreditation. Additionally, the PhD in Clinical Psychology is a licensable degree in the state of California as long the student enrolled before January 1, 2017, regardless of the result of CIHS’ WASC accreditation effort. For students enrolling after January 1, 2017, the student’s degree may or may not be license recognized by the state after January 1, 2020 IF CIHS DOES NOT GET ACCREDITED. If the student wants to pursue licensure in another state, he/she must verify eligibility of a California approved school with that respective regulatory body.


Along with fulfilling the other requirements for licensure such as hours and an exam(s), CIHS graduates who are awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, licensure track, are eligible to sit for the licensing exam with the California Board of Psychology (BOP), if you enrolled prior to January 2017. If you enroll after January 1, 2017 and CIHS does not become accredited, after January 1, 2020 the California BOP may not recognized your degree for licensure.  Other states determine eligibility on a state-by-state and case-by-case basis. Please contact your state’s respective licensing board to inquire about eligibility.


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Sacramento, CA 95825-3200
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*For information on the current status of CIHS in regards to clinical licensing, please contact the Dean of Academic Affairs, Hope Umansky,Ph.D..


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