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Can I practice psychology in the United States if I earned my degree or professional credential in another country?
In the United States, the legal basis for licensure is determined by the state, province or territory to protect its citizens – in other words, to identify qualified practitioners. The education and training of psychologists around the world varies greatly both in terms of the nomenclature of the university qualification (e.g. Diploma, License, Master's, Candidate, and so on), and also in terms of length and content of university curricula contributing to professional qualification.
At present, there is no international recognition of equivalence of degrees or in professional psychology qualifications. It is important to research and contact the board of psychology in the state where you are interested in practicing for information on education, supervised experience and examinations.
In some states, attendance at an APA-accredited program is required. Most states have a section of the law that applies to individuals who receive their education and training outside the United States. State boards can also provide advice on transcript and credential evaluation.