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APC Application and Renewal (2017/2018) now live (Updated 08/03/17)

2017 Psychology Workforce Survey link

Problems with Online Register (Updated 21/02/17)

New Fee Schedule published

The revised Continuing Competence Programme...

"Consulting a Psychologist" posters (and brochures) now available in five languages

Cultural Advice Reference Groups (now recruiting)...

Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings...

The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated)...


APC Application and Renewal (2017/2018) now live - updated 08/03/17

As many of you will be aware, the Board has experienced a series of problems with the migration of data to our new database and (more recently) with the implementation of our new online APC application process. These problems have led to a significant delay in the launch of our annual APC renewal process. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We are pleased to announce, however, that all of the major problems seem to have been resolved and the system is now operating. A notice letter will be emailed on March 1st to all practitioners who hold a current APC. A personalised version of the notice letter (which includes your registration number) will be mailed to you no later than March 3rd. If you don’t want to wait for the mail, you can use the system now by logging in via the "Practitioner Login" button at the top right of this page, clicking on the “Activate account” button, and resetting your password.

Please note: The activation, password update, and receipt processes all require that you be able to receive email on the primary email address the Board has on file for you. You may wish to add the Board (info@nzpb.org.nz or just nzpb.org.nz) to your email “safe senders” list to ensure these emails don’t get filtered out.

Please also note (re CCP Audit selection and process): A few practitioners have received automatically generated emails saying they have not been selected for audit when they actually have been selected. This bug in the new system has been corrected and this should no longer occur. Our apologies for any distress caused. If you have been selected for audit, you will receive an email directly from the Board with your audit instructions. It may take  as long as a week for this email to be sent, depending on the volume of renewals we are experiencing.

The online process is quick and easy to use, and provides an instant receipt for payment. If you experience any problems with the system, please check this article for updates on technical issues and then, if still necessary, contact us on info@nzpb.org.nz or on 0800 471 4580.

And please don't forget to complete the brief online workforce survey! Just click here: nzpbwfsurvey2017.questionpro.com  (Many thanks!)

Posted 01/03/17. Updated 08/03/17.


Psychology Workforce Survey link

To complete the 2017 Psychology Workforce Survey, please click here: nzpbwfsurvey2017.questionpro.com  (Many thanks!)

Posted 01/03/17.


Problems with Online Register

The Board have recently (11/01/17) transitioned to a new database. We are experiencing a few technical issues with data migration and the integration of our financial system. If you experience any difficulties using the Online Register, or note that it contains incorrect information about you, please check back at the end of March. If there are still problems then, please contact us directly. If your need is more urgent, please feel free to contact us now. Our thanks for your patience and understanding.

Posted 11/02/17. Updated 01/03/17.


New Fee Schedule published

The Fee Schedule for 2017/2018, which came into effect from13/02/17, can be viewed here.

Posted 11/02/17.


The revised Continuing Competence Programme for 2016/2017

Last year the Board sought comment from psychologists and other stakeholders on proposed changes to the Continuing Competence Programme (CCP). The Board subsequently considered the feedback and formally adopted changes to the CCP at their meetings in August 2015.  

In summary, the changes made (effective for the 2016/2017 APC year) are:

  • The basic steps of the current CCP have been retained.
  • APC holders are now required to keep a (simple, basic) CCP log book.
  • Supervisors are required to take on more responsibility for ensuring the quality of their supervisee’s CCP participation.
  • Audits of CCP participation will be kept simple, and will normally involve just a review of the practitioner’s log book(s) and declaration(s).
  • A more detailed (but still simply worded) annual statutory declaration will be required from each APC applicant who is selected for audit, and that declaration must be counter-signed by the supervisor.
  • The Board will continue to audit 20% of APC applicants each year (beginning in 2017).
  • Practitioners in their first year of practice will be required to participate in the CCP.

These changes are reflected in the new CCP Guide for Participants, which can be downloaded here, and which was posted to all current APC holders in mid-February with the annual APC renewal reminder. A new Declaration Form is included as Appendix 2 to the new Guide. A sample of the new audit form can also be viewed here.

**UPDATE**: Two optional templates to provide guidance and reassurance about what the Board expects to be recorded in practitioners' Log Books have now been published (and can be downloaded by clicking on the following highlighted links). Optional template 1 (pdf Word) provides only for recording of the bare minimum information required by the Board. Optional template 2 (pdf Word) provides for one further (non-mandatory) category of information (Learning Plans) to also be recorded. Practitioners are not required to use either of these templates if they prefer to record their CCP activities in some other format. (For more information about what must be recorded, see page 10 of the CCP Guide for Participants.)

If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 04 471 4580 or email us.

Posted 02/09/15. Updated 22/12/15, 10/02/16, 01/03/16, 14/04/16.


Cultural Advice Reference Groups (still recruiting)

The Board continue to recruit members for our new Cultural Advice Reference Groups, especially the Māori group. Two groups will be formed, one specific to Māori and the other for all other major cultural groupings in New Zealand. They will provide cultural advice and/or peer review on relevant issues under consideration by the Psychologists Board. It is intended that each group will include psychologists, students, and/or non-psychologists from all regions of New Zealand. If you are interested in serving on one of the groups, please review the DRAFT Terms of Reference and then contact Steve Osborne.

Updated 03/01/17


"Consulting a Psychologist" posters (and brochures) now available in five languages

The Board have produced a poster to inform potential clients about the services psychologists offer, what can be expected of a psychologist, and a client's basic rights. A brief outline of the role of the Board is also provided. To view, print, or download the poster just click on the version you want:

Brochure versions of the information are also be available for order from info@nzpb.org.nz (subject line: Brochure). The brochures have been made available to other organisations (such as Citizen's Advice Bureaus and DHBs) that can help distribute them.

Posted 04/04/16. Updated 02/08/16


Summary of latest PPAF and PWG meetings

A summary of the most recent meeting (21/02/17) of the Psychology Profession Advisory Forum (PPAF) can be downloaded here. For those unfamiliar with PPAF, the relevant Terms of Reference can also be downloaded here.

A summary of the most recent Psychology Workforce Group (PWG) meeting (22/11/16) can be downloaded here. The Terms of Reference for PWG can be downloaded here.  

Last updated on 03/01/17


The International Project on Competence in Psychology (updated 02/08/16)

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”. The project was named the “International Project on Competence in Psychology” (IPCP). A core Work Group of 10 individuals from around the world was established, including Moana Waitoki and Steve Osborne from New Zealand. A much broader (global) Reference Group/Network of more than 250 interested parties was also established.

After three years of work and broad consultation, the Work Group recently published the "International Declaration on Competences in Professional Psychology". Both the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the General Assembly of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) have subsequently adopted the Declaration.

A final report is now being prepared by the Working Group and it is expected that a website will be established (likely under IAAP’s auspices) to promote the document. The Board believes that the Declaration should prove useful for the next review of our own prescribed core competencies. (That review is expected to occur within the next 2 years.)

A copy of the final version of the Declaration can be downloaded here. The Final Report of the Work Group will be posted here once published.

Questions about this project can be forwarded to Steve Osborne.

Last updated on 02/08/16

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