Return to Practice
Return to Practice
Psychologists in Australia are required to maintain their recency of practice to continue working as and remain registered as a psychologist. If you haven’t practiced as a registered or provisional psychologist for five years or more, participating in a Return to Practice Program will be necessary to update your knowledge and skills, and become registered again.
The components of your return to practice program may involve supervised practice, engagement in professional development activities, completion of assessment tasks like case reports for your supervisor, and potentially sitting the National Psychology Exam. These requirements are dependent on your individual circumstances and learning needs.
At the College of Professional Psychology, we assist our students in creating a Return to Practice program to submit to PsyBA. These programs are customized based on the student’s length of leave from the Psychology workforce, prior experience, and identified areas for improvement. They are designed drawing upon the College’s extensive knowledge and expertise in the eight core competencies for Psychologists.
To enroll in our Return to Practice Program, you should be a psychologist who hasn’t met the Psychology Board of Australia’s recency of practice requirements and therefore requires participation in a return to practice program. You can hold either general registration or provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia while engaging in the return to practice program.
Program applicants are required to undergo a selection process that consists of an application and a structured interview. This process gives both the applicant and the College the opportunity to ensure that our program fits with your individual needs and goals.
The College of Professional Psychology was founded on the principle that by providing psychologists with the best professional and practical skills, they can go on to make a positive contribution to the mental well-being of the wider community.
Our supervisors, keen to give back and support the psychology profession, provide their time and expertise at a rate that allows us to keep our program fees to a minimum.
Your Return to Practice Program fees are calculated after your interview based on your learning needs and working hours, which will determine your program needs.