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HPC Council approve threshold level of qualification for entry to its Register for practitioner psychologists

12/06/2009

HPC Approves Standards of Education and Training (SETs)

At its meeting on11 June 2009 the Education and Training Committee discussed and agreed the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for practitioner psychologists. The Committee’s decision was subsequently ratified at a special meeting of the HPC Council.
Having regard to the standards of proficiency, existing education and training routes and the various arguments that had been put forward for and against various threshold levels, the Committee decided to set the threshold specific to each of the seven domains. The normal threshold level of qualification for practitioner psychologists as outlined in standard one of the standards of education and training will read:


For practitioner psychologists:
• Professional Doctorate for clinical psychologists
• Professional Doctorate for counselling psychologists, or equivalent
• Professional Doctorate for educational psychologists, or equivalent
• Masters degree for forensic psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology, or equivalent)
• Masters degree for health psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in health psychology, or equivalent)
• Masters degree for occupational psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in occupational psychology, or equivalent)
• Masters degree for sport and exercise psychologists (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in sport and exercise psychology, or equivalent)


The threshold academic level of qualification for entry to the Register applies to pre-registration education and training programmes seeking approval rather than to individuals. Therefore, it would not affect individuals who might have completed an education and training programmes delivered at levels below the threshold in the past.


You can find out more information about our role in education by visiting www.hpc-uk.org/education/

To read the paper considered by the Education and Training Committee at its meeting on 11 June 2009 click here. 


To read the paper considered by the Council at its meeting on 11 June 2009 click here.

 




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