STATE OF WISCONSIN
Psychology Examining Board
IN THE MATTER OF RULE-MAKING PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE
PSYCHOLOGY EXAMINING BOARD
ORDER OF THE PSYCHOLOGY EXAMINING BOARD
(CLEARINGHOUSE RULE 15-102)
An order of the Psychology Examining Board to repeal Psy 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05 (2) and (3), 2.08, 2.12 and 2.13; to amend Psy 2.05 (1) and 2.05 (3); to repeal and recreate Psy 2.01, 2.09 and 2.14; and to create Psy 1.02 (5s ) and (6m), 2.013, 2.018, 2.05 (2m) and 2.10 relating to licensure as a psychologist.
Analysis prepared by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Statutes interpreted: ss 455.03, 455.04, and 455.045, Stats.
Explanation of agency authority:
The examining board shall promulgate rules for its own guidance and for the guidance of the profession to which it pertains and define and enforce professional conduct and unethical practices not inconsistent with the law relating to the particular profession. [s. 15.08 (5) (b)] The examining board shall adopt such rules as are necessary under this chapter. [s. 455.08]
Related statute or rule: n/a
Plain language analysis:
Sections 1 and 2 defines the two examination required for licensure. The practice of psychology exam is the national Examination for the Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The examination on the elements of practice essential to the public health, safety or welfare is the jurisprudence examination on Wisconsin statutes and rules.
Section 3 repeals and recreates the application process. An applicant is required to file an application, pay a fee, provide evidence of education or equivalent academic training or experience, documentation of a one year experience in psychological work, pass the EPPP, pass the jurisprudence exam, verification of credentials in another state and provide information relating to any pending criminal charge or conviction.
Section 4 creates a section on application by reciprocity. An applicant who holds an active license in another jurisdiction may apply for license by submitting an application, pay a fee, pass the jurisprudence exam and evidence of successful completion of an examination on the practice of psychology approved by the board or evidence of completion of at least 40 board approved continuing education hours within 2 years prior to application.
Section 5 creates a section on application by obtaining a diploma from the American Board of Professional Psychology. The applicant is required to pass an examination on the practice of psychology approved by the Board and the jurisprudence exam.
Section 6 repeals obsolete examination provisions relating to scheduling an examination, unauthorized assistance and time limits and other necessary controls.
Sections 7, 8, 9, and 10 updates the passing scores section. The passing score on each examination is determined to represent minimum competency. The Board may adopt the recommended passing score of the examination provider for the national examination for the professional practice of psychology. The determination of a passing score on the jurisprudence test is based upon consultation with subject matter experts.
Section 11 repeals the sections on reviewing examinations after failing and claiming of examination error on the jurisprudence test which is an open book, online test and these provisions are obsolete. It also repeals the requirement limiting how many times the examination can be taken. The Board is unable to prescribe or approve further training or education prior to taking the exam after 3 attempts because the Board does not have information regarding the areas the applicant demonstrates deficiencies due to it being a national test.
Section 12 repeals and recreates the section relating to education and experience equivalent to a doctoral degree in psychology. The curriculum must include scientific psychology, scientific, methodical and theoretical foundations of practice, diagnosing or defining problems through psychological assessment and measurement and formulating and implementing intervention strategies, and a practicum, internship, field or laboratory training supervised by a person with a doctorate degree in psychology.