License Requirements and Application Process
Initial Licensure: (See 172 NAC 155-003.01)
To apply for an initial license, you must complete the application and submit to:
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 application and submit to:
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 application and submit to:
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
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To be licensed, an applicant must have passed both the EPPP examination and the Board-Developed examination.
To view the Examination Instructions, click here.
EPPP - Computer Testing: The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) consists of 200 multiple-choice questions covering knowledge essential to the professional practice of psychology. Each form of the examination contains 200 items. Each item has 4 suggested answers, only of which is correct. A summary of the content outline for the examination can be found in the enclosed ASPPB Information for Candidates publication.
In order to take the EPPP examination by computer, in addition to the application for licensure, you will also complete a scannable application (to obtain this application, contact Cindy Kelley at (402) 471-4905 or by e-mail at email@example.com). Such application will be forwarded by our office to the testing service, which in turn, will send you an "authorization-to-test" letter. This letter will provide direction to schedule your appointment to take the computer administration of the EPPP examination. You will call a toll-free number to reach the testing site; once connected, you will have the opportunity to schedule an appointment to test and to pay a $65.00 test administration fee to Prometric (this is in addition to the examination fee). You have a 60 day window of eligibility in which to schedule your test. If you do not sit within these 60 days, you will be removed from the eligibility list and will be required to begin the application process again (scannable application). There are no exceptions to this policy – you may reschedule up to 48 hours before your appointment.
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 forward your score report.
If a retake is necessary due to failure of an examination, you must notify this office and request another scannable application. You must wait at least 60 days from your most recent test date before an appointment to test will be scheduled.
Board-Developed Examination: The examination is comprised of 2 parts and consists of a total of 106 multiple-choice questions covering the following areas:
PART I: The first part is an open-book examination. You should:
- Review each question.
- Fill in the ‘BOX’ corresponding to the correct “A-D” response on the Answer Sheet.
- 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 the next 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 Statel Statutes that govern the practice of Psychology.
The Board-developed examination is administered monthly in Lincoln at the State Office Building (see examination instructions). To register for the examination, you must submit the board developed 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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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 approximately 90 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:
- Document 24 hours of approved continuing education (on the renewal form), earned within the renewal period.
- 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.
- Pay the renewal fee of $52.00.
Final Notice: Renewals not postmarked or received by 1/1 will be sent a final notice. All final notices will be assessed a $25.00 late fee.
Revocation: Renewals not postmarked or received by 2/1 will be sent a notice of revocation.
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:
- The license holder holds a Nebraska license but is not practicing his or her profession in Nebraska;
- 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;
- 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
- The license holder was first licensed within the 24 months immediately proceeding the license renewal date.
Inactive or Lapsed Status: A licensee may request that his/her license be placed on inactive or lapsed status (this request can only occur at the time of renewal). If you choose either inactive or lapsed status, you can not provide psychology services.
- 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.
- Lapsed status means the voluntary termination of the right or privilege to represent oneself as a psychologist. No fee is required.
Additional Information: Click here to find additional information relating to the renewal, revocation and reinstatement process.
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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
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
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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