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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the basic requirements for licensure in Louisiana?
You must be of good moral character, at least 21 years of age, hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a fully accredited educational institution, and a Louisiana resident or with the intention of becoming a Louisiana resident.
Is an online psychology program acceptable for licensure?
Online programs are acceptable if they are APA approved programs. Please refer to the APA website for a complete listing of accredited programs.
Do I have to complete all of my training (including postdoctoral work) before applying for licensure?
No. You can apply for licensure once you have obtained your doctoral degree in psychology.
When am I eligible to take the EPPP?
You are eligible to take the EPPP once it is determined that you meet candidate status. Upon receipt of Reference forms, Internship Documentation form, Criminal Background Check and Doctoral Program form (if necessary), the file will be reviewed for candidate status. If the file is approved, the applicant is admitted to candidate status and invited to take the EPPP.
When am I eligible to take the Oral and Jurisprudence Exams?
After the Board has admitted an applicant to candidacy, accepted his or her EPPP scores, approved his or her documentation of supervision, and ascertained the completion of all licensing criteria, the candidate will be invited to sit for the jurisprudence and oral examinations. Upon successful completion of both examinations, the candidate may be licensed for the independent practice of psychology in the State of Louisiana.
Do I qualify for Emeritus status?
A licensee is eligible for Emeritus if they are 65 years or older at the time of the request, has held continuous licensure in Louisiana for at least 20 years, and attests that they are retired and/or only work part-time.
When do I have to renew my license?
A psychologist is eligible to renew their current license until July 31 of each year upon submission of the required renewal fee, renewal application form and fulfillment of all continuing education requirements as defined.
Can I get a paper renewal mailed to me?
Paper renewals are mailed out as a courtesy at the beginning of every renewal season. The forms are also available on the LSBEP website for you to download and print.
Can I renew my license online?
Yes, the LSBEP encourages licensees to use the online renewal and payment system. If you use the online system, your renewal will be processed in within 5 business days.
Can I come to the office to process my renewal?
No, renewals are only accepted online and via US mail.
How long will it take to receive my renewal license?
Online renewals are processed within 5 business days. If you filed a paper renewal, the process can take a couple of weeks.
How do I request a duplicate/replacement license?
You must make a written request via fax or mail to the Board office to receive a duplicate and/or replacement license. This request must have your signature on it.
Oops! I forgot to renew my license by July 31st. What do I do?
If your license lapses, you must file an Application for Reinstatement, provide proof of fulfilling all continuing education requirements applicable through the date of reinstatement (if necessary) and pay $570 for the reinstatement fee.
Oops! I forgot my login and password.
Your login should be "firstname.lastname" and your password should be your Social Security Number without any dashes. If this does not work, please contact the Board office for further assistance.
How many continuing education credits do I need?
Each psychologist is required to complete 30 hours of credit of continuing education within the biennial reporting period, with 2 of the 30 in ethics or forensics.
Is it my reporting year?
Odd licensees report on odd years, even licensees report in even years. (i.e., License #3120 reports in 2012).
What is the deadline to earn continuing education credits?
The biennial reporting period is July 1st through June 30th. (i.e., July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013).