How to join an APS College


Updated April 2016

Important!

Since 2010, the Generic Rules for APS Colleges have moved to align with the registration standard for area of practice endorsement under the national registration scheme. These changes ensure that eligibility criteria for APS College membership are commensurate with those for area of practice endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). 

Transition arrangements - only applicable in particular circumstances

The APS College rules reflect the transition arrangements that were put in place by the PsyBA for applicants who were in a training pathway at the time of transition to the new rules. This enables these applicants to be eligible for College membership under the previous rules.

As of 1 July, 2013, the transition provision applies only to those applicants who were enrolled in an APAC accredited and College Approved Masters, combined Masters/PhD,  Doctorate or Dual Doctorate program in the College-specific area on 30 June 2010 and have completed all program requirements and any necessary period of supervised practice.

Current rules for APS College membership

To qualify for election to the grade of Member of a College, a person must hold the grade of membership of Honorary Fellow, Fellow or Member of the Society and have completed:

  • An accredited Doctorate program in the College-specific area followed by a minimum one year full-time equivalent supervised practice; OR
  • An accredited Dual Doctorate program in two College-specific areas followed by a minimum of nine months full-time equivalent supervised practice for each College-specific area of practice; OR
  • An accredited Masters program in the College-specific area followed by a minimum of two years full-time equivalent supervised practice; OR
  • A combined Masters/PhD program in the College-specific area followed by a minimum of 18 months of full-time equivalent supervised practice.

Terms and Conditions

APS College application form – Member Grade

APS College application form - Associate Member Grade

Associate Member Grade

I have completed an APAC accredited and College-approved Doctorate, Dual Doctorate, combined Masters/PhD or Masters program in the College-specific area.

APS College application forms – Academic membership

Academic Member form 

I have completed a research PhD in psychology and have completed relevant post-degree experience and publications 

Associate Academic Member form 

I have completed a research PhD in psychology on a thesis topic relevant to the College-specific area or I have completed a research PhD in psychology and published in the College-specific area

Other membership APS College application forms

 

Please contact collegeapplications@psychology.org.au should you have any queries about the college application process or if you have any difficulty downloading these application forms.