Licensure of psychologists. 455.04(1)(1)
Subject to s. 455.09
, the examining board shall grant a psychologist license to an individual who submits an application for the license, pays the fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9)
, and satisfies all of the following requirements:
Hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a program accredited by an organization approved by the examining board, or have had other academic training that the examining board determines to be substantially equivalent on the basis of standards established by rule. The examining board may require examinations to determine the equivalence of training for individuals holding doctoral degrees in psychology from non-American universities.
Complete at least 3,000 hours of supervised graduate-level experience in the practice of psychology under conditions satisfactory to the examining board and established by rule. Supervised hours shall consist of all of the following:
At least 1,500 hours of experience in a successfully completed internship, which shall be accrued after the completion of all doctoral level coursework.
At least 1,500 hours of experience consisting of any combination of the following, as established by the examining board by rule:
Pre-internship hours that occur after the completion of the first year of the doctoral program or at any time while in a doctoral program after the completion of a master's degree in psychology or its equivalent, as defined by the examining board by rule.
Hours accrued in the internship described in subd. 1.
that are in excess of the 1,500 hours required under subd. 1.
Post-internship hours accrued after the completion of the internship under subd. 1.
, but before the conferral of the doctoral degree.
Postdoctoral hours obtained after the conferral of the doctoral degree.
Subject to s. 455.09
, the examining board shall grant an interim psychologist license to an individual who submits an application for the license, pays the fee specified under s. 440.05 (6)
, and satisfies the requirements for a license under sub. (1) (a)
, (d) 1.
, and (f)
. An individual licensed under this subsection may provide psychological services only under the supervision of qualified supervisors, as determined by the examining board.
The examining board may waive the requirements of sub. (1) (c)
if an applicant holds a certificate or license of an examining board of some other state or territory or foreign country or province, if the standards of such other examining board are deemed by the members of this examining board to be substantially equivalent to the standards of this state.
An individual who, on May 31, 2021, held a valid private practice school psychologist license under s. 455.04 (4)
, 2019 stats., may continue to renew that license as provided in s. 455.06
. The examining board may not grant any initial private practice school psychologist license on the basis of an application received on or after June 1, 2021.
Applicants for licensure under this section may be required to appear before the examining board in person prior to licensure to allow the examining board to make such inquiry of them as to qualifications and other matters as it considers proper.
See also ch. Psy 2
, Wis. adm. code.
In order to qualify for a psychologist license under s. 455.04 (1)
, an applicant must have passed all of the following examinations:
A written examination on the professional practice of psychology.
A written examination on state law related to the practice of psychology.
The examining board shall set passing scores for examinations under sub. (1) (a)
. The examining board may adopt passing scores recommended by test developers.
History: 1989 a. 243
; 2021 a. 22
See also ch. Psy 2
, Wis. adm. code.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, the renewal dates for licenses issued under this subchapter or under s. 455.04 (4)
, 2019 stats., are specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a)
, and the renewal fee for such licenses is determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a)
A license issued under s. 455.04 (2)
is valid for 2 years or until the individual obtains a license under s. 455.04 (1)
and may not be renewed, except that the examining board may promulgate rules specifying circumstances in which the examining board, in cases of hardship, may allow an individual to renew a license issued under s. 455.04 (2)
. Notwithstanding sub. (2)
, an individual holding a license issued under s. 455.04 (2)
is not required to complete continuing education.
An applicant for renewal of a license issued under this subchapter or under s. 455.04 (4)
, 2019 stats., shall include with his or her application proof in the form specified by the examining board that he or she has completed the hours of continuing education required under s. 455.065
See also ch. Psy 4
, Wis. adm. code.
Continuing education requirements.
The examining board shall do all of the following:
Promulgate rules establishing the minimum number of hours of continuing education, the topic areas that the continuing education must cover, the criteria for the approval of continuing education programs and courses required for renewal of a license, and the criteria for the approval of the sponsors and cosponsors of those continuing education programs and courses. The examining board may establish criteria for the substitution of hours of professional activities to meet continuing education requirements.
Approve continuing education programs and courses in accordance with the criteria established under sub. (1)
Promulgate rules establishing the criteria for the substitution of uncompensated hours of professional assistance volunteered to the department of health services for some or all hours of continuing education credits required under sub. (1)
. The eligible substitution hours shall involve professional evaluation of community programs for the certification and recertification of community mental health programs, as defined in s. 51.01 (3n)
, by the department of health services.
Grant a postponement of or waiver from the continuing education requirements under this section on the basis of prolonged illness or disability or on other grounds constituting extreme hardship. The examining board shall consider each application individually on its merits, and the examining board may grant a postponement, partial waiver, or total waiver of the requirement as the examining board deems appropriate.
Grant an exemption from the continuing education requirements under this section to a psychologist who certifies to the examining board that he or she has permanently retired from the practice of psychology. A psychologist who has been granted an exemption under this subsection may not return to active practice without submitting evidence satisfactory to the examining board of having completed the required continuing education credits within the 2-year period prior to the return to the practice of psychology.
See also ch. Psy 4
, Wis. adm. code.
Disciplinary proceedings and actions. 455.09(1)(1)
Subject to the rules promulgated under s. 440.03 (1)
, the examining board may deny an application for a license, or may by order suspend for a period not exceeding one year, limit, revoke or impose probationary conditions upon a license, authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology, or temporary authorization to practice or reprimand a licensee or a holder of authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology or temporary authorization to practice if the applicant, licensee, or holder does any of the following:
Subject to ss. 111.321
, engaged in the practice of psychology or the private practice of school psychology while his or her ability to practice was impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
Impersonates another person holding a license under this subchapter or allows another person to use his or her license, E.Passport, interjurisdictional practice certificate, authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology, or temporary authorization to practice.
Uses fraud or deception in applying for a license under this subchapter, an E.Passport, or an interjurisdictional practice certificate.
Accepts a commission, rebate or other form of fee for referring persons to other professionals.
Engages in the willful, unauthorized communication of information received in professional confidence.
Violates this subchapter or any rule of professional conduct promulgated under this subchapter.
Is grossly negligent in the practice of his or her profession.
A suspended license is subject to the requirements for renewal of the license under s. 440.08
. The renewal of a suspended license does not entitle the licensee to any rights, privileges or authority conferred by the license while the license remains suspended.
A revoked license may not be renewed. An individual may, no sooner than one year after the date of revocation, apply for reinstatement of a license under this subchapter. The examining board may accept or reject an application for reinstatement. If reinstatement is granted under this subsection, the licensee shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee. This subsection does not apply to a license that is revoked under s. 440.12
See also ch. Psy 5
, Wis. adm. code.
Petitioner is not entitled to present expert evidence indicating he or she previously testified truthfully when denying misconduct under sub. (1) (g). Davis v. Psychology Examining Board, 146 Wis. 2d 595
, 431 N.W.2d 730
(Ct. App. 1988).
Laches is not available in any proceeding brought by the state in its sovereign capacity to protect a public right. A disciplinary proceeding is brought by the state in its sovereign capacity to protect a right of the public-the right to have licensed psychologists comply with the requirements of their licenses. Stein v. WI Psychology Examining Board, 2003 WI App 147
, 265 Wis. 2d 781
, 668 N.W.2d 112
Construing rules of professional conduct as applying to post-therapy conduct is necessary to effectuate the purpose of protecting the health, safety, or welfare of former clients. Bar-Av v. Psychology Examining Board, 2007 WI App 21
, 299 Wis. 2d 387
, 728 N.W.2d 722
Any person who violates this subchapter may be fined not more than $200 or imprisoned not exceeding 6 months or both.
History: 2021 a. 131
Psychology interjurisdictional compact.
Whereas, states license psychologists, in order to protect the public through verification of education, training and experience and ensure accountability for professional practice; and
Whereas, this compact is intended to regulate the day to day practice of telepsychology (i.e. the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies) by psychologists across state boundaries in the performance of their psychological practice as assigned by an appropriate authority; and
Whereas, this compact is intended to regulate the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology by psychologists across state boundaries for 30 days within a calendar year in the performance of their psychological practice as assigned by an appropriate authority;
Whereas, this compact is intended to authorize state psychology regulatory authorities to afford legal recognition, in a manner consistent with the terms of the compact, to psychologists licensed in another state;
Whereas, this compact recognizes that states have a vested interest in protecting the public's health and safety through their licensing and regulation of psychologists and that such state regulation will best protect public health and safety;
Whereas, this compact does not apply when a psychologist is licensed in both the home and receiving states; and
Whereas, this compact does not apply to permanent in-person, face-to-face practice, it does allow for authorization of temporary psychological practice.
Consistent with these principles, this compact is designed to achieve the following purposes and objectives:
Increase public access to professional psychological services by allowing for telepsychological practice across state lines as well as temporary in-person, face-to-face services into a state which the psychologist is not licensed to practice psychology;
Enhance the states' ability to protect the public's health and safety, especially client/patient safety;
Encourage the cooperation of compact states in the areas of psychology licensure and regulation;
Facilitate the exchange of information between compact states regarding psychologist licensure, adverse actions and disciplinary history;
Promote compliance with the laws governing psychological practice in each compact state; and
Invest all compact states with the authority to hold licensed psychologists accountable through the mutual recognition of compact state licenses.
“Adverse action" means: Any action taken by a state psychology regulatory authority which finds a violation of a statute or regulation that is identified by the state psychology regulatory authority as discipline and is a matter of public record.
“Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)" means: the recognized membership organization composed of state and provincial psychology regulatory authorities responsible for the licensure and registration of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada.
“Authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology" means: a licensed psychologist's authority to practice telepsychology, within the limits authorized under this compact, in another compact state.
“Bylaws" means: those bylaws established by the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Commission pursuant to sub. (10)
for its governance, or for directing and controlling its actions and conduct.
“Client/patient" means: the recipient of psychological services, whether psychological services are delivered in the context of healthcare, corporate, supervision, and/or consulting services.
“Commissioner" means: the voting representative appointed by each state psychology regulatory authority pursuant to sub. (10)
“Compact state" means: a state, the District of Columbia, or United States territory that has enacted this compact legislation and which has not withdrawn pursuant to sub. (13) (c)
or been terminated pursuant to sub. (12) (b)
“Coordinated licensure information system" also referred to as “coordinated database" means: an integrated process for collecting, storing, and sharing information on psychologists' licensure and enforcement activities related to psychology licensure laws, which is administered by the recognized membership organization composed of state and provincial psychology regulatory authorities.
“Confidentiality" means: the principle that data or information is not made available or disclosed to unauthorized persons and/or processes.