Business and Professions Code - BPC

Published: 2015-07-08

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Business and Professions Code - BPC

DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 6.6. Psychologists [2900 - 2999]

  ( Chapter 6.6 repealed and added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1677. )
ARTICLE 3. License [2940 - 2948]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1677. )


Each person desiring to obtain a license from the board shall make application to the board. The application shall be made upon a form and shall be made in a manner as the board prescribes in regulations duly adopted under this chapter.

The application shall be accompanied by the application fee prescribed by Section 2949. This fee shall not be refunded by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 758, Sec. 38. Effective January 1, 1998.)


Each applicant for a psychology license shall be examined by the board, and shall pay to the board, at least 30 days prior to the date of examination, the examination fee prescribed by Section 2987, which fee shall not be refunded by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 758, Sec. 39. Effective January 1, 1998.)


The board may examine by written or computer-assisted examination or by both. All aspects of the examination shall be in compliance with Section 139. The examination shall be available for administration at least twice a year at the time and place and under supervision as the board may determine. The passing grades for the examinations shall be established by the board in regulations and shall be based on psychometrically sound principles of establishing minimum qualifications and levels of competency.

Examinations for a psychologist’s license may be conducted by the board under a uniform examination system, and for that purpose the board may make arrangements with organizations furnishing examination material as may in its discretion be desirable.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 658, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2006.)


The board may examine for knowledge in whatever theoretical or applied fields in psychology as it deems appropriate. It may examine the candidate with regard to his or her professional skills and his or her judgment in the utilization of psychological techniques and methods.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 888, Sec. 24.)


The board shall grade the written examination and keep the written examination papers for at least one year, unless a uniform examination is conducted pursuant to Section 2942.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 888, Sec. 25.)


The board shall grant a license to any person who passes the board’s supplemental licensing examination and, at the time of application, has been licensed for at least five years by a psychology licensing authority in another state or Canadian province if the requirements for obtaining a certificate or license in that state or province were substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter.

A psychologist certified or licensed in another state or province and who has made application to the board for a license in this state may perform activities and services of a psychological nature without a valid license for a period not to exceed 180 calendar days from the time of submitting his or her application or from the commencement of residency in this state, whichever first occurs.

The board at its discretion may waive the examinations, when in the judgment of the board the applicant has already demonstrated competence in areas covered by the examinations. The board at its discretion may waive the examinations for diplomates of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 658, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2006.)


The board may appoint qualified persons to give the whole or any portion of any examination provided for in this chapter, who shall be designated as commissioners on examination. A commissioner on examination need not be a member of the board but he or she shall have the same qualifications as a member of the board, including those set forth in Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 450) of Division 1. The board may also appoint occasional professional commissioners for short-term specified periods to assist in its nonpolicy workload.

Public commissioners may examine and evaluate candidates in areas of knowledge such as the law, ethics, and awareness of community resources.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 888, Sec. 28.)


The board shall issue a license to all applicants who meet the requirements of this chapter and who pay to the board the initial license fee provided in Section 2987.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 758, Sec. 40. Effective January 1, 1998.)