Psychology Licensing Requirements

Licensed Psychologist  (Prior to 9/1/94, a ‘Licensed Psychologist’ was referred to as ‘Clinical Psychologist’).  A Licensed Psychologist may independently provide all services outlined in the definition of Psychology.

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License Requirements and Application Process

Initial Licensure: (See 172 NAC 155-003.01)

To apply for an initial license, you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Reciprocity: (See 172 NAC 155-004.01)

To apply for a license by reciprocity, you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Temporary License: (See 172 NAC 155-004.02)

To apply for a temporary license, you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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Examination

To be licensed, an applicant must have passed both the EPPP examination and the Board-Developed examination.

To view the Examination Instructions, click PDF File here.

EPPP - Computer Testing: The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) consists of  multiple-choice questions covering knowledge essential to the professional practice of psychology.

In order to take the EPPP examination, you must submit an examination application. Or, contact Cindy Kelley at (402) 471-4905 or by e-mail at cindy.l.kelley@nebraska.gov for a printed copy to be mailed to you, or with any questions.

Within approximately 2 weeks from our receipt of your application, we will send you a "Testing Eligibility" letter. This letter will provide direction to schedule your appointment to take the computer administration of the EPPP examination.

Please go to www.asppb.net for information on examination content, study information, and scheduling/rescheduling policies.

Scores will be reported to the Nebraska Psychology Board on a monthly basis – no scores will be received the day of testing. Upon receipt, we will release your score to you and it will be made available to you via your e-mail address directly from ASPPB..

Board-Developed Examination:  The examination is comprised of 2 parts and consists of a total of 100 multiple-choice questions covering the following areas:
Ethics Others
Forensic Regulations
HIPAA Research
I.O. Schools

PART I:  The first part is an open-book examination.  You should:

  1. Review each question.
  2. Fill in the ‘BOX’ corresponding to the correct “A-D” response on the Answer Sheet.
  3. Bring the examination packet to the next scheduled oral examination. 

PART II:  The second part is the oral examination, which consists of 5 questions.  You will appear before the Board of Psychologists at your scheduled oral examination date; the Board will randomly pick 5 questions from the open-book examination.  You may use your examination and answer sheet as a reference during the oral examination and then will be asked to turn in your examination documents. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  The passing score required for licensure in the State of Nebraska is 80% or above.

The Board of Psychology recommends review of the Nebraska Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to Psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical standards, and other State Statutes that govern the practice of Psychology.

The Board-developed examination is administered every other month in Lincoln at the State Office Building (see PDF File examination instructions). To register for the examination, you must submit the PDF File examination application.

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Misdemeanor or felony conviction or discipline

If you had a misdemeanor or felony conviction (other than a minor traffic violation) or had your license in any health care profession in another state revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any manner, you must request the following documents be sent directly to this office:

  • Official Court Record, which includes charges and disposition;
  • If the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense, all addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment (if treatment was obtained and/or required);
  • If you are currently on probation, a letter from your probation officer addressing probationary conditions and your current status; and
  • If your license in health care in another state has been revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any way, an official copy of the disciplinary action, including charges and disposition.

NOTE: If you have any criminal charges or license disciplinary actions pending that results in conviction or license discipline, you are required to report such actions to this department within 30 days.

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Renewal

Expiration Date: All psychology licenses and special licenses to practice psychology expire 1/1, of each odd-numbered year.

Renewal Process: Notice of renewal is sent to each licensee at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. It is important that your address is current with our office in order to assure delivery of the renewal notice. To renew a license, you must:

  1. Document 24 hours of approved continuing education (on the renewal form), earned within the renewal period.
  2. Inform the Department of any misdemeanor/felony convictions or disciplinary actions pending or taken in another state.  For information relating to the documentation that must be submitted, click here.
  3. Pay the renewal fee

Continuing Education Waiver: The Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Licensure Unit, on the recommendation of the Board of Psychology, may waive the continuing education requirements, in part or in total, for any two-year licensing period when a license holder submits documentation that circumstances beyond his or her control prevented completion of such requirements. Such circumstances shall include situations in which:

  1. The license holder holds a Nebraska license but is not practicing his or her profession in Nebraska;
  2. The license holder has served in the regular armed forces of the United States during part of the 24 months immediately preceding the license renewal date;
  3. The license holder has submitted proof that he or she was suffering from a serious or disabling illness or physical disability which prevented completion of the required number of continuing education hours during the 24 months immediately preceding the license renewal date; and
  4. The license holder was first licensed within the 24 months immediately proceeding the license renewal date.

Inactive Status: A licensee may request that his/her license be placed on inactive status at any time and at no cost. In order to move your license back to "Active Status," you must meet the renewal requirements that are in effect at that time.

  • Inactive status means the voluntary termination of the right or privilege to represent oneself as a psychologist, but retains the right to represent himself or herself as holding an inactive license. A $25.00 fee is required for this status.  

Additional Information: Click PDF File here to find additional information relating to the renewal, revocation and reinstatement process.

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Continuing Education

On or before 1/1 of each odd numbered year, each psychologist and special licensed psychologist who is in active practice in the State of Nebraska shall complete 24 hours of approved continuing education during the proceeding 24-month period. Hours earned prior to this date will be not be acceptable; and hours earned in excess of the requirement may not be carried over for the next license renewal.

Continuing Competency Activities include:

1.  Developing and teaching an academic course.
2.  Satisfactorily completing a graduate level academic course.
3.  Authoring or editing a psychological practice oriented publication.
4.  Presenting or attending workshops, seminars, symposia, colloquia, invited speaker
     sessions, or meetings of professional or scientific organizations.

5.   Homestudy or videos.

Continuing competency hours will be determined as follows:

1.  Developing and teaching an academic course in an institution accredited by a
     regional accrediting agency. Credit will be granted only for the first time the
     licensee teaches the course during the renewal period and can not be used
     for subsequent renewal periods
        a.
  1 semester hour of graduate academic credit equals 15 hours continuing
             competency credit.

2.  Satisfactorily completing a graduate level course offered by an institution accredited
     by a regional accrediting agency.   Credit will be granted only for the first time it is
     completed, and it must be completed during the renewal period for which it is submitted.
        a.1 semester hour of graduate academic credit equals 15 hours of continuing
           competency credit.

3. 
Authoring or editing a peer-reviewed psychological practice oriented publication.   Continuing
     competency credit may be earned only in the year of publication first distribution.

        a.      Senior/1 st author of a peer-reviewed psychological practice oriented professional or
              scientific book equals 16 hours of competency credit;

        b.       Senior/1 st author of a peer-reviewed psychological practice oriented professional
              or scientific book chapter equals 8 hours of continuing competency credit;
        c.       Senior/1 st author of a peer-reviewed psychological practice oriented professional
              journal article equals 8 hours of continuing competency credit; and

        d.       Editor of a peer-reviewed psychological practice oriented professional or scientific
              book/journal equals 16 hours of continuing competency credit.
  
4.    Presenting or attending workshops, seminars, symposia, colloquia, invited speaker sessions,
      meetings of professional or scientific organizations, homestudy, or videos.
  
     a.      60 minutes of presentation or attendance equals 1 hour of continuing competency credit.
        b.      Only activities approved by the following organizations are acceptable:
                            (1)     The American Psychological Association (APA);
                            (2)     The American Medical Association; (AMA) Nebraska Medical Association (NMA)
                            (3)     The American Nurses Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Center’s Commission on Accreditation;  
         
                  (4)     Nebraska Nurses Association (NNA);
                            (5)     National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) or
                                    Nebraska Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NCADAC);
                            (6)     National Association of Social Workers (NASW);
                            (7)     National Counselors Association (NCA); or
  
                         (8)     National Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (NAMFT).

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