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Provisional Licensees

From the Arkansas Psychology Board Rules and Regulations:

7.3. Temporary Permit or License.

Applicants have up to a twelve (12) month grace period to practice psychology under qualified supervision beginning with notification of provisional licensure applicant status. The grace period allows an applicant to complete the written and oral examinations and obtain licensure, while involved in supervised practice in the profession of psychology. Any applicant who does not become licensed and continues to practice psychology beyond the approved grace period, shall be notified that the practice is in violation of A.C.A. § 17-97-101, et seq. and may be subject to appropriate legal action.

7.4. Provisional License.

The Board shall issue a provisional license to an applicant who has:

7.4. A. Satisfied the preliminary requirements of A.C.A. §17-97-302 and §17-97-303; and

7.4. B. Paid the fee for a provisional license. A provisional license holder is entitled to practice psychology under supervision of a Psychologist to meet the requirements for issuance of a license under A.C.A §17-97-305. The Board shall adopt rules that apply to provisional license holders identifying:

7.4. B. (1) The activities that holders may engage in; and

7.4. B. (2) Services that may be provided by holders.

7.4. C. The Board may refuse to renew the provisional license of a person who does not meet the requirements prescribed by A.C.A. § 17-97-303.

7.5. Provisional License Application.

7.5. A. An applicant for examination for a provisional license must:

7.5. A. (1) Apply on forms prescribed by the Board; and

7.5. A. (2) Submit the required fees with the application.

7.5. A. (3) The Board may require that the applicant verify the application.

7.5. B. Provisional license examination qualifications:

7.5. B. (1) An applicant may be granted a provisional license if the applicant has received:

7.5. B. (1) (i) A doctoral/master’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited educational institution; or

7.5. B. (1) (ii) A doctoral/master's degree in psychology, or the substantial equivalent of a doctoral/master's degree in psychology in both subject matter and extent of training from a regionally accredited educational institution;

7.5. B. (2) Has attained the age of majority;

7.5. B. (3) Has good moral character;

7.5. B. (4) Is physically and mentally competent to provide psychological services with resonable skill and safety, as determined by the Board.

7.5. B. (5) Is not afflicted with a mental or physical disease or condition that would impair the applicant's competency to provide psychological services;

7.5. B. (6) Has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude or a felony.

7.5. B. (7) Does not use drugs or alcohol to an extent that affects the applicant’s professional competency;

7.5. B. (8) Has not engaged in fraud or deceit in making the application; and

7.5. B. (9) Has not:

7.5. B. (9) (i) Aided or abetted the pratice of psychology by a person not licensed under the Rules and Regulations in representing that the person is licensed under these Rules and Regulations;

7.5. B. (9) (ii) Represented that the applicant is licensed under this chapter to practice psychology when the applicant is not licensed; or

7.5. B. (9) (iii) Practiced psychology in this state without a license under this chapter or without being excempt under this chapter.

7.5. C.In determining under A.C.A.§ 17-97-302(b)(1)(B) whether a degree is substantially equivalent to a doctoral/master's degree in psychology, the Board shall consider whether at the time the degree was conferred, the program met the prevailing standards for training in the area of psychology, including standards for training for clinical, school and industrial counseling.


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