The New Zealand Psychologists Board is the regulatory authority appointed under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 in respect of the profession of psychology. The principal purpose of the Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their profession.
Read more about the HPCA Act, the Board, and the Board’s functions. Find out what psychologists do and how you can have your concerns about a psychologist’s competence, fitness, or conduct addressed...
Read more about a psychologist's responsibilities under the HPCA Act, renewing a practising certificate, making a non-practising declaration, and the CCP. Login to update your details on the Register...
Read more about training to be a psychologist. Find out which training programmes have been accredited by the Board, and access information about the psychology workforce...
Practitioners should renew their Annual Practising Certificates for the coming year no later than 23 March... more
The Board are seeking comment on a new, proposed Best Practice Guideline dealing with the subject of "Informed Consent"... for more see "Consultation" tab above.
A revised version of the "Use of Psychometric Tests" guidelines, incorporating advice re the use of online services, was adopted in March 2015... more
The Board established the present Continuing Competence Programme (CCP) as part of its responsibility under the HPCA Act to assure competent practice in order to protect the public. We promised that a review of the CCP would be carried out at the completion of five years’ use (one complete audit cycle). That review is now underway... more
The Psychologists Board recently adopted a set of core competencies for the Counselling Psychologist scope of practice. We are therefore now able to consider applications for registration in the scope from practitioners who do not hold the required academic qualifications, but who... more
Psychologists who assess secondary students and recommend SAC for qualifications have usually assisted the schools by summarising their findings on a specific form, the "Mandatory Data Summary Sheet for Registered Assessors". This is now obsolete... more
A summary of the most recent (quarterly) meetings of PPAF and PWG can be downloaded... more
At the 5th International Congress on Licensure, Certification and Credentialing of Psychologists it was decided to continue the development of “a global agreement on identifying the benchmark competencies that define professional psychology”... more
The Psychologists Board normally meets four times a year in Wellington, and also conducts some business by email and teleconference to keep costs down and to progress more urgent matters. For a schedule of the Board's meetings in 2014, click here.
The Board uses various means to consult with its stakeholders, with one of the most important being its quarterly meetings with representatives from the NZ College of Clinical Psychologists, the NZ Psychological Society, and University training programme Heads of Department. For the 2014 PPAF meeting schedule, click here.
One of the Board's key responsibilities is linking with stakeholders. Board representatives routinely present at the NZCCP and NZPsS conferences each year, and have begun meeting with Interns and psychologists in the regions. For a schedule of upcoming forums, click here.
The Board are seeking comment on a new, proposed Best Practice Guideline dealing with the subject of "Informed Consent". The draft guideline can be downloaded here. Please send your comments to Anne Goodhead by post (PO Box 10-626 Wellington 6143) or email. The deadline for submissions is April 24th.
For information about the current review of the CCP, please see the "What's new" page (click here).
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