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Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) Part 2 Update

At the August 2018 meeting, the Board of Psychology (Board) agreed to the EPPP Part 2 Task Force's recommended statutory and regulatory changes that were presented as "Option 3" (see EPPP2 Task Force Report link below). The Board did not decide to require EPPP Part 2 as a requirement for licensure, but adopted Option 3 as a potential implementation plan should the Board decide to require the EPPP Part 2 in the future.

On August 17, 2018, ASPPB released a message concerning implementation of the EPPP Part 2. Specifically, ASPPB:

  • Rescinded the requirement that made the EPPP Part 2 examination a mandatory component of a single licensure exam and the mandatory implementation date of January 2020, and
  • Expressed its intention to launch the EPPP Part 2 in 2020 and make it available to states and provinces interested in servicing as early adopters.

Although ASPPB's announcement clarified that the implementation of the EPPP Part 2 is now an optional component, it does however raise concerns on whether ASPPB is simply postponing the deadline for mandatory adoption. If this were the case, the Board has asked ASPPB for clarification on whether there is an anticipated date for that mandatory implementation.

The other critical issue that was not addressed in the announcement was whether ASPPB's Board of Directors has plans to address the cost concerning the EPPP Part 2 and whether ASPPB has plans to lower the cost of the exam.

The Board sent a letter to ASPPB requesting clarification on both points on October 2, 2018 (letter provided below). The Board received a response from ASPPB on October 24, 2018.

The Board reviewed the response at the November 16, 2018 Board meeting. The Board agreed to send another letter of inquiry to ASPPB based on the following:

  • The Board of Psychology supports a competency-based examination but feels that certainty is required as to its mandatory implementation, and that a date certain for all member jurisdictions is necessary. Uncertainty as to implementation results in a current inability to move forward with the required statutory and regulatory changes.
  • ASPPB would aid its member jurisdictions if it were to identify all statutory and regulatory changes needed to implement the new examination (drafting and supporting statutory and regulatory changes through advocacy, etc.) over a set period of time calibrated to the expected implementation date and the time necessary to effect needed changes.
  • ASPPB should continue to evaluate the total cost of both examinations and establish a uniform lower total cost as to all jurisdictions, as of the mandatory effective date of the EPPP Part 2.

In addition, the Board also requested that ASPPB make available to the Board and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Office of Professional Examination Services the following information as it becomes available:

  • Data from Beta testing from participating jurisdictions to evaluate the validity of the EPPP Part 2.
  • Evidence of external validity that substantiates the need for the EPPP Part 2.

ASPPB’s response is documented in the January 29, 2019 letter (copy below) which was presented at the February 2019 Board meeting in Sacramento, CA. After much deliberation, the Board opted not to become an early adopter of the EPPP Part 2 and decided not to move forward with the regulatory process since ASPPB has decided to offer the EPPP Part 2 as an optional examination. The Board will continue to monitor the progress of the EPPP Part 2 and will reconsider adoption of the EPPP Part 2 when ASPPB deems its mandatory. 

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