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Do you need the EPPP in Washington, D.C.?

Here’s the short answer: Yes, you do. To become a licensed psychologist in Washington, D.C., you must pass the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

However, psychology licensure requirements by state can be complex. The long answer is that passing the EPPP is only a small portion of the requirements needed to practice as a licensed psychologist in Washington D.C.

Our guide will walk you through what to expect when you take the EPPP, the Washington D.C. requirements for becoming a licensed psychologist, and Washington, D.C.-specific guidelines pertaining to the EPPP and other exams.


What is the EPPP?

The EPPP was developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and is required in most U.S. states and Canadian provinces to become a licensed psychologist.

The test includes 225 multiple choice questions that span 8 content areas: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social and multicultural bases of behavior, growth and life-span development, assessment and diagnosis, research methods and statistics, and ethical, legal, and professional issues.

While passing the EPPP is standard practice for most locations, there are varying psychology licensure requirements by state. The ASPPB recommends a minimum passing score of 500, but this differs by state. There are also state-specific requirements for exam eligibility.


Washington D.C. Requirements for Psychology Licensure

To become a licensed psychologist in Washington, D.C., the District of Columbia Board of Psychology requires the following:

  • A doctoral degree, preferably from an APA-accredited institution
  • Proof of 4,000 hours of supervised experience; at least 2,000 hours must be post-doctoral
  • Internship experience
  • Background checks performed by the Metropolitan Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • A passing score on the EPPP
  • A passing score on the District of Columbia Jurisprudence Exam

For more specific information, browse the D.C. Department of Health’s full list of requirements for becoming a licensed psychologist.


A Quick Guide to the EPPP in Washington D.C.

As previously mentioned, there are different psychology licensure requirements by state. In addition to requiring a passing score on the EPPP, Washington, D.C. has specific guidelines for when one is eligible for taking the exam and what constitutes a passing score.

Exam Eligibility

In Washington, D.C., you can apply to take the EPPP once your educational requirements have been approved by the D.C. Board of Psychology.

You must submit your EPPP application and degree documentation to the Board. Once approved, your EPPP authorization is valid for 120 days. You must take the exam within this timeframe.

Exam Score

Unlike the ASPPB’s recommended minimum passing score of 500, Washington, D.C. has a different definition of a passing exam score. You must receive a score not lower than .5 standard deviations below the national mean on the EPPP.

If you do not pass on your first test, you are permitted to take retake it once. However, if you fail two consecutive attempts, you have to wait one year to take the EPPP again.


The District of Columbia Jurisprudence Exam

Once you’ve passed the EPPP, you must also take the District of Columbia Jurisprudence Exam. This exam includes Washington, D.C. statutes.

You must receive a 75% or higher to pass. If you fail the exam twice, you have to wait 6 months to retake the exam.

For the full application instructions for psychology licensure in Washington D.C., check out the D.C. Board of Psychology’s website.


Interested in Becoming a Licensed Psychologist in D.C.?

From the moment you apply until long after you have graduated, The Chicago School is here to help.

To begin, if you’re embarking on your journey to becoming a psychologist, learn more about our Washington D.C. campus and our D.C. programs.

Our APA-accredited Psy.D. in clinical psychology program, for example, is just one of the many programs that can help you meet the licensure requirements and prepare for success on the EPPP.

Through a variety of field experience opportunities that are integrated into our programs, you have the chance at The Chicago School to acquire pre-doctoral internship hours towards satisfying licensure requirements.

Once you have graduated, The Chicago School can help provide internship opportunities through our vast network in Washington D.C. to help satisfy the remaining fieldwork requirements for licensure.

Finally, to help you find your perfect job, our team can assist you and provide career development services.

Psychology licensure requirements by state can get confusing. You don’t have to go at it alone.

Are you interested in learning more about The Chicago School of Professional Psychology? Fill out the form below to request more information, visit our programs page, or you can apply today through our application portal.


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