(Board of Psychology)
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The passing of ESSB 6554 in 2004 gave the examining board of psychology (board) flexibility in the types of examination required by applicants for licensure. The board decided to eliminate the oral examination requirements and require a written jurisprudence examination. These rules clarify the examination requirements and delete the oral exam references.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing WAC 246-924-090; amending WAC 246-924-070, 246-924-095, 246-924-100, 246-924-160, 246-924-480, and 246-924-150.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.83.050.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 08-03-121 on January 23, 2008.
A final cost-benefit analysis is available by contacting Betty Moe, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47869, Olympia, WA 98504-7869, phone (360) 236-4912, fax (360) 236-4909, e-mail Betty.Moe@doh.wa.gov.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 1.
Date Adopted: February 29, 2008.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 349B, filed 3/18/93, effective 4/18/93)
WAC 246-924-070 Psychologists -- Written examination. ((
Written examination requirements:)) The written exam
requirement consists of two separate examinations.
(1) The written examination ((
that is used in the state
of)) Washington state uses is the national Examination of
Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). (( The examination
consists of objective multiple choice questions covering the
major areas of psychology. Each form of the examination
contains between 150 and 200 items in the areas listed below:
(1) Background information, including physiological psychology and comparative psychology, learning, history, theory and systems, sensation and perception, motivation, social psychology, personality, cognitive processes, developmental psychology and psychopharmacology.
(2) Methodology including research design and interpretation, statistics, test construction and interpretation, scaling.
(3) Clinical psychology including test usage and interpretation, diagnosis, psychopathology, therapy, judgment in clinical situations, community mental health.
(4) Behavior modification including learning and applications.
(5) Other specialties including management consulting, industrial and human engineering, social psychology, t-groups, counseling and guidance, communication systems analysis.
(6) Professional conduct and ethics including inter-disciplinary relations and knowledge of professional affairs.
The cutoff score which the Washington state board of examiners uses is 70% of the raw score, or the national mean of all first time doctorates, whichever is the lowest.))
(a) The Association of State and Provincial Psychology is responsible for the development and administration of the national exam.
(b) To be considered for licensure applicants must receive a score of at least 70% or the national mean, whichever is lowest.
(2) The jurisprudence examination covers professional judgment, knowledge of state laws, and ethics pertaining to the practice of psychology.
(a) The department of health administers the jurisprudence examination on behalf of the examining board of psychology.
(b) To be considered for licensure applicants must receive a score of at least 90%.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050. 93-07-078 (Order 349B), § 246-924-070, filed 3/18/93, effective 4/18/93; 91-04-020 (Order 117B), recodified as § 246-924-070, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91; 82-18-073 (Order PL 404), § 308-122-220, filed 9/1/82; 80-07-010 (Order PL 346), § 308-122-220, filed 6/9/80; 79-08-009 (Order PL-309), § 308-122-220, filed 7/9/79; Order PL-245, § 308-122-220, filed 4/15/76.]
(1) First reexamination: At ((
the next)) any following
examination administration date (( or any subsequent
(2) Second or subsequent reexamination: ((
At least one
year after the date of the first reexamination;
(3) Successive reexamination: At least one year after the date of the previous reexamination and after having shown adequate proof of meeting any additional professional training required by the board.)) A minimum of two months after the failure of the previous examination.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050(5). 94-12-039, § 246-924-095, filed 5/25/94, effective 6/25/94.]
(a))) (1) Provide evidence of meeting the educational
requirements set forth in RCW 18.83.070 in effect (( at the
time)) when the applicant (( entered)) completed his(( /)) or
her doctoral program; and
(b))) (2) Pass the (( oral)) jurisprudence examination
administered by the (( board pursuant to RCW 18.83.050))
department on behalf of the board, as described in WAC 246-924-070.
(2) Candidates applying for licensure pursuant to the
provisions of RCW 18.83.170(3) shall:
(a) Pass the oral examination administered by the board pursuant to RCW 18.83.050.))
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050(5). 93-21-024, § 246-924-100, filed 10/13/93, effective 11/13/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050. 91-04-020 (Order 117B), recodified as § 246-924-100, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91; 88-09-029 (Order PM 722), § 308-122-235, filed 4/15/88.]
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050. 91-04-020 (Order 117B), recodified as § 246-924-150, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.090. 89-19-053 (Order PM 862), § 308-122-430, filed 9/19/89, effective 10/20/89; Order PL 202, § 308-122-430, filed 10/1/75.]
(2) The applicant must indicate on the application form,
in detail, his or her areas of intended practice. After
initial screening (evaluation of the person's education,
experience, and supervision) and passing the ((
written examinations, the applicant shall furnish the board
with a plan for continued supervision, which will include
detailed information regarding the supervisor, which indicates
an agreement to supervise. (( The board will use this
information in conjunction with the oral examination to assess
the supervision plans.))
(3) Minimum supervision shall ((
discussion of the psychological assistant's work through
regularly scheduled contacts with the supervisor at
appropriate intervals. Whenever possible, supervision should
consist of occasional direct observation or review of
(( taped)) recorded case material. The supervisor shall be
responsible for preparing evaluative reports of the
psychological assistant's performance, which will be forwarded
to the (( division of professional licensing)) board on a
(4) When a licensed psychologist assumes the
responsibility of supervision, he or she shares the
professional and ethical responsibility for the nature and
quality of all of the psychological services ((
psychological assistant may provide. Failure to provide
supervision (( when such a relationship is claimed)) as
described in the agreement may result in appropriate action
against the license of the supervisor.
(5) Interruption or termination of a supervisory
relationship shall be promptly communicated to the ((
of professional licensing)) board by the supervisor or the
(6) In every case where psychological testing is done and a report is written based on that testing by a psychological assistant, the supervising licensed psychologist will countersign the report indicating his or her approval.
(7) An applicant or holder of a certificate may apply to
the board for authority to work without immediate supervision
in particular areas of function. In these cases, the board
may require further evidence of proficiency. Even though the
immediate supervision requirement is waived for the
affiliate)) assistant, periodic supervisory
consultation as deemed appropriate by the board is required. Evidence of supervisory consultation must be submitted to the
(( division of professional licensing)) department of health
with the annual license renewal fee.
(8) The board will conduct appropriate review and make its decision under this section for any application submitted under WAC 246-924-150 for certification of an additional area of function.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050. 91-04-020 (Order 117B), recodified as § 246-924-160, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.090. 89-19-053 (Order PM 862), § 308-122-440, filed 9/19/89, effective 10/20/89; Order PL 202, § 308-122-440, filed 10/1/75.]
(a))) under RCW 18.83.082 and is valid for no more than
1)) ninety days within one calendar year from the date (( of
(b) Is terminated if the license applicant fails either the written or oral examination administered by the board pursuant to RCW 18.83.050; and/or,
(c) Is terminated if the license applicant fails to appear for a scheduled written or oral examination, unless the applicant notifies the board in advance of the inability to appear)) it is issued.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.83.050. 91-04-020 (Order 117B), recodified as § 246-924-480, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91; 88-09-029 (Order PM 722), § 308-122-720, filed 4/15/88.]
(1) Submit a completed application form provided by the department.
(2) Pay the application and examination fees described in WAC 246-924-990.
(3) Provide evidence of completing a doctoral degree program described in WAC 246-924-046.
(4) Provide evidence of completing the practicum requirement set forth in WAC 246-924-049.
(5) Provide evidence of completing the internship experience requirement as defined in WAC 246-924-056.
(6) Provide evidence of completion of supervised experience requirement as defined in WAC 246-924-053 and 246-924-059.
(7) Pass the national Examination of Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) described in WAC 246-924-070.
(8) Pass the jurisprudence examination in WAC 246-924-070.