Work as a psychologist in Australia

Work as a psychologist in Australia

Interested in working as a psychologist in Australia? Then read on because we are going to explain the requirements and steps you must meet to be able to practice psychology in Australia.

Why work as a psychologist in Australia?

One thing to keep in mind is that Psychology is one of the professions demanded by the Australian government, so if you are a psychologist you have options to apply for the skilled visa and thus be able to work full time in Australia.

In order to work as a psychologist in Australia you must have an English degree that certifies your knowledge of the language. For example, IELTS with a minimum score of 7 or at least a B in all parts of the OET. In addition, you will have to have a valid psychology degree to practice as a psychologist in Australia.

This is where the first obstacle arises, and in Australia, psychologists must complete 6 years of training to get the degree. Thus, for example, the degree of psychology in Spain is not equivalent. For this reason, recognition by the competent body associated with the Australian government is necessary to prove that you have the training and knowledge necessary to work as a psychologist in this country.

Here we tell you what steps you should take to get the degree that will allow you to work as a psychologist in Australia.

How to get the Australian degree that allows you to work as a psychologist?

There are two options:

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Validate your psychology studies in Australia

The competent body to evaluate the studies of the aspirants to work as a psychologist in Australia is the Australian Psycological Society (APS).

To do this you will have to send to the postal mail of this institution (Evaluations, PO Box 38, Flinders Lane VIC 8009) your official psychology degree issued by the university where you completed your studies, a certified English transcript of the same title and the form corresponding to this completed application.

The price of this evaluation if you request it outside Australia will be AUD $ 1.013,64. If you request it within Australia it will be priced at AUD $ 1.115,00.

If the duration of your studies in psychology does not exceed 4 years, you will have to carry out supervised practices for two years with a provisional collocation. Subsequently, you can become a psychologist in Australia and thus be able to exercise your profession in this country autonomously.

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Complete your studies to get your degree in psychology issued by the Australian government.

In case you do not pass the first evaluation by APS, you will have the option to send another application for a second evaluation, in this case you will do as an applicant to enter an Australian university in order to complete your studies in psychology and get your degree in psychology issued in Australia.

To do this, you will have to send to the postal address of the APS the form corresponding to this application, attaching certified copies of your psychology degree and transcription in English.

This evaluation is priced at AUD $ 750,00.

Finally, once you have your valid psychology degree to practice in Australia, you will have to complete a final step; To be a colleague as a psychologist in Australia.

How to become a psychologist in Australia?

There is an online platform (Psychology Board of Australia) where you will have to apply to make and overcome the National Psychology Exam.

To request pre-exam registration, you will have to complete the AGEN-76 application form and send it the local office of AHPRA.

Here you will find useful information regarding the Tasas and the format required for your vitale curriculum, for example.

As you can see, the process to work as a psychologist in Australia is not short or simple. What is certain is that it will be worth it. You can practice your profession in a wonderful country full of charm and with a very good quality of life.

You dare? Let's do it! And remember, if you don't have enough English to work as a psychologist in Australia, don't be discouraged. You have the option to come with the student visa and enroll in an English course. You will improve your level and get your IELTS English degree necessary to work as a psychologist in Australia. You can work part-time in another less qualified job thus paying for your stay in the antipodes and knowing different places in the country.

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