Currently, the Maryland and Pennsylvania psychology boards require this evaluation for their applicants with foreign doctoral degrees. Licensing boards in Iowa, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington have accepted the National Register evaluation of foreign-trained applicants for licensure.
Although there are many qualified credential evaluation services that perform general U.S. equivalency services, the National Register performs evaluations specific to education and training in psychology. Our evaluation first determines whether the education presented is equivalent to a U.S. doctoral degree in psychology, and secondly determines whether the program (or combination of education and training) meets the program, faculty, and curriculum requirements outlined in the National Register’s Doctoral Degree Guidelines.
Our evaluation process is designed to ensure that education and training obtained outside of the U.S. and Canada is authentic by enforcing specific document requirements, requiring primary source verification and utilizing official resources (requirements may vary by country). We then perform a step-by-step evaluation to determine whether the education and training completed by the applicant meets National Register requirements.
Results of the doctoral degree evaluation are sent directly to the applicant and to any psychology board(s) of their choice. The state/provincial psychology board evaluates other licensure requirements (e.g., internship and supervision requirements) and makes the final decision regarding candidacy for licensure and eligibility to take the EPPP exam.
If you are applying for a license to practice psychology in the state of Maryland or Pennsylvania and completed a doctoral program in psychology that was obtained outside of the U.S. and Canada, contact our office for application materials.
Program Manager, Credentialing and Compliancelaura@nationalregister.org
Laura is the National Register’s point person for credentials banking by doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees. She oversees the credential review process as well as licensure verification, hospital staff membership, and international degree evaluation programs. Laura works with the Executive Officer and the Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics (COPPE) to enforce the “Guidelines Concerning Withdrawal of the National Register Credential Due to Professional Misconduct.” Laura also has an essential role performing education and training evaluations, helping students and trainees understand the credentialing process, and providing credentialing status verification.