Qualification Standards for Psychologists


A person who possesses the qualifications required to take the licensure examination as a psychologist pursuant to the provisions of R.A. No. 10029 may be registered without examination; provided, that the applicant files with the Board within three (3) years after its creation, or until May 21, 2015, an application for registration and issuance of certificate of registration and professional identification card.

To qualify, the applicant must submit credentials satisfactory to the Board that:

  1. He/She is a Filipino citizen, or a permanent resident or a citizen of a foreign state/country which extends reciprocity to the Philippines relative to the practice of the profession;

  2. On or prior to June 2, 2010, the effectivity of R.A. No. 10029, he/she has fulfilled any of the following conditions:

    (a) Obtained a doctoral degree in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or abroad, duly recognized/accredited by the CHED; and has accumulated a minimum of three (3) years work experience in the practice of psychology;

    (b) Obtained a master’s degree in psychology conferred by a university, college or school in the Philippines or abroad recognized/accredited by the CHED; and must have accumulated a minimum of five (5) years work experience in the practice of psychology;

    (c) Psychologists or employees who hold positions as Psychologists presently employed in various government and private agencies who have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, accumulated a minimum of ten (10) years work experience in the practice of psychology as a psychologist and who have updated their professional education in various psychology-related functions. “Professional education in various psychology-related functions” shall mean completion of at least 100 hours of updating workshops and training programs across various areas and specialties in psychology conducted by duly established national or international organizations of psychologists, psychiatrists and other allied mental health professionals, in the last five (5) years immediately preceding the effectivity of the law.

  3. He/she is mentally fit and of good moral character; and

  4. He/she has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense involving moral turpitude.