Students intending to become psychologists must undertake at least four years of academic study: an approved three years undergraduate sequence in psychology, plus either a Level-4 Honours year or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
A student can then register as a provisional psychologist while they undertake a minimum of two years further training to achieve general registration as a psychologist. Currently, these two years can be done as an approved internship under the supervision of a registered psychologist, or, increasingly, as a two or three year post-graduate degree (a Master or Doctor of Psychology) which incorporates clinical work experience and coursework.
For more information about general registration, visit Psychology Board of Australia. You must be a registered psychologist to practise as a psychologist, and to use the title Psychologist.
- To become a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) requires six years of academic study.
- To become an associate member requires a four-year sequence of academic study.
Deakin's psychology sequence is recognised by both the Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society.