(I) Objectives

The Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) is an official register of psychologists implemented and maintained by the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS), in accordance with clause V.9 of the SPS Constitution.

The objectives of the Singapore Register of Psychologists are:

  • to protect the welfare of the users of psychological services and
  • to maintain and advance the professional standards of psychological service providers.

The Singapore Psychological Society seeks to ensure the service quality of Registered Psychologists through the SRP, a regulatory system that promotes transparency, accountability and professionalism for the services provided.

The inaugural copy of the SRP, which contained a list of the first SPS Members with the title of Registered Psychologist (Singapore), was published on the SPS website on 25 June 2002. The SRP will subsequently be updated on a monthly basis.

Download the SINGAPORE REGISTER OF PSYCHOLOGISTS here (PDF file) updated as at 2 May 2013


(II) Process of Registration

Qualified psychologists who wish to register for the first time must submit the relevant application documents. The completed Application Forms must be submitted with the supporting documents (i.e., one copy of NRIC or passport with personal particulars, one passport sized photo, one copy of transcripts and credentials and two Character References) and total application fees of S$100 for the current calendar year. The subsequent annual renewal fees are S$60. These fees are separate from SPS Membership fees and are payable to the Singapore Psychological Society. Certified true copies of all transcripts and credentials are required, and the original copies may also be required for further verification. Prior to obtaining an official approval from the Singapore Psychological Society, applicants must refrain from using the title of a ‘Registered Psychologist (Singapore)’. Notifications of registrations are sent to the successful applicants by post and include the Certificates of Registration (suitable for framing and display at the place of professional practice), registration numbers and effective periods of the registrations. This title (along with the Registration number) may be printed on name cards and other means of professional identification.

Requirements for Registration Steps to fulfill requirements if necessary
1. A Master’s or a Doctoral degree in applied psychology from a recognised institution -
2. Minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practical experience -
3. Full Member of SPS Apply for Full Membership

 

SRP Application Form and Information (PDF file)


Special provision As a result of feedback from the public meeting to discuss the recent SRP upgrade proposals we have agreed to reintroduce the Special Provision but only for people who were qualified by the previous closing date (October 31st 2003).   An exemption from the requirements to become a Registered Psychologist of either A (Academic Credentials) or B (Practical Training and Experience) may be granted to Full Members of the SPS who, up till the closing date of this Special Provision (October 31st 2003), had been providing psychological services in good standing for an aggregate of at least six (6) years. The documentary evidence required includes
• Two character references
• Letters from relevant employers or, for private/ independent practitioners, copies of income tax records to verify the periods of profession practice. These particular Full Members are eligible for registration upon satisfying all the other requirements for registration.


(3) Standards Development and Professional Development Policy
Singapore Register of Psychologists – Standards Development
Upgrading the requirements to become a Registered Psychologist in Singapore

When the SRP was first formed at the end of December 2001, the standards which were set to qualify for registration were appropriate to the developmental stage of the profession of psychology in Singapore at that time. As the profession matures, these standards will be revisited.

Initial registration requirements in Singapore consisted of a Masters or Doctoral degree in Applied Psychology, full membership of SPS and evidence of 800 hours of supervised experience, of which 240 hours had to involve face to face client contact (60%), 80 hours had to involve supervision including at least 40 hours of individual (one-to-one) supervision (20%) and 80 hours could have consisted of other activities (e.g., psychological report writing) (20%).

Over time these qualification standards will be gradually lifted. In 2006 we moved to require an increase in the current practicum requirements from 400 to 600 hours, and it is proposed that further increases to 800 hours and eventually to 1000 hours will occur in the future. Future SRP committees may consider further increasing the requirements to 800 hours from January 2008 and to 1000 hours from January 2010.

The Australian Psychological Society requirements are for 1000 hours of which 400 must be face to face with clients or patients, 200 hours must involve supervision and the remaining 400 hours can be used for other activities including report writing. These standards can be considered as an appropriate international benchmark.

Table 1: Suggested revisions to the registration hourly requirements.

Previous requirements 2006 requirements 2008 2010
Total hours 400 600 800 1000
Client contact 240 (60%) 300 (50%) 360 (45%) 400
Supervision 80 (20%) 120 (20%) 160  (20%) 200
Other 80 (20%) 180 (30%) 280 (35%) 400

 

Qualification requirements for supervisors

Maturation of the society has resulted in evolving standards concerning supervision. Some years ago psychology masters students were able to be supervised by non psychologists (people such as social workers/ psychiatrists, family therapists, etc.). These requirements were subsequently upgraded so that supervisors had to be Registered Psychologists or eligible to be registered psychologists. This means that some people who were well trained and might, for example, be a Chartered Psychologist in the UK or a licensed psychologist in the US or a College member in Australia were eligible to supervise even though they were not registered in Singapore.

From January 2006 all people who wish to supervise trainee psychologists toward registration in Singapore are required to themselves be Registered Psychologists in Singapore.

Applications for registrations are declined without comment on individual cases. You are advised to apply for SRP when you are more ready. The SRP Committee holds regular meetings to review applications.

Professional Development scheme

The initial continuing education policy was that SRP members were “encouraged” to accumulate “the equivalent of eight hours of continuing education per year” (SRP Application Information (V)).

The maturation of the Society meant that it became timely to introduce more stringent PD requirements here.

Guidelines for Completing Professional Development Log as of 2009:

  • Continued Registration as a Psychologist requires 60 hours of PD activity per cycle (a cycle is 2 years so this means 30 hours per year average)
  • § There are 3 categories of PD activity and the PD hours can include hours from any of these 3 categories per cycle (see Table 2.below).

 

Self regulation

The PD system will initially be largely self-regulated. Registered Psychologists will be expected to keep an organized record of PD activities completed in a logbook (see template below).

§         Registered Psychologists will be required to maintain a summary sheet of their PD activities.

§         At the end of a PD cycle (a cycle will consist of 2 years, the start date is from March 2005) Registered Psychologists may be asked to provide evidence of their PD activities as a condition of continued registration. Initially this will likely consist of a random audit of sample of psychologists.

As our procedures develop we will move to a system where Registered Psychologists will have to submit records of their PD activities on a summary sheet at the end of each 2 year cycle.

Failure to complete the required PD hours in a cycle will result in a Registered Psychologist moving to a Conditional Registration category until the deficit is rectified.

Table 2 Categories of Professional Development Activity

Category  2: PD Recipient

Type of Activity Points Awarded Guideline for Computation Documentation
Workshop 1 pt per hour e.g. a 2 day workshop (14 hours) would be worth 14 points Copy of certificate of attendance or receipt for registration
Professional Courses e.g. individual unit Copy of receipt, certificate of attendance, transcript
Conference /Seminar (local & overseas) Working on 7 hours per day Copy of receipt or letter of acceptance
Symposia/Lecture Applied only to talks/lectures related to Psychology Copy of publicity flyer, programme or receipt for registration
Relevant postgraduate studies in Psychology 30 pts per year Includes MPsych., DPsych/PhD; applies to both full time and part time studies Copy of transcript, receipt for payment of fees, letter from Institute
Supervision (supervisee only) 1 pt per hour Includes individual, group and peer supervision that is developmental in nature and is evaluated Copy of supervision records or summary letter certified by supervisor

 

Category 2: PD Recipient

Type of Activity Points Awarded Guideline for Computation Documentation
Video and Audio resources 1 pt per record Must include a documented record of professional relevance Copy of receipt
Internet–based learning Copy of receipt for registration. Summary of course content.
Journal Club Evidence of attendance & copy of title page of papers and /or book read
Reading Copy of title page or cover page of papers and books read

 

Category 3:  PD Provider

Type of Activity Points Awarded Guideline for Computation Documentation
Teaching, lectures/seminars/ workshops (for presenters) 1 pt per hour Only applies to first time presentation. Only applies to lectures that are outside the normal working role. Copy of course/workshop/lecture outline showing dates, venue and name of presenter

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