When an academic clinical psych job ad says the candidate should be "license eligible" does that mean the person should have the background to apply for licensure when the job starts or should be eligible to get a license eventually (i.e., has a clinical psych degree but needs more supervised postdoctoral hours)?
Date: 16 Aug 2013 12:45
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I'm going to say eligible to apply for licensure right away. However, I have seen some positions indicate that licensure should be obtained by a certain date as well.
I say unless the posting specifies that you need to currently have a license to practice in that state, or that you need one by a certain date, I'd apply and call yourself "license eligible" even if you don't have your post-doc hours yet. As long as you could potentially get a license in that state (i.e. your grad program and internship are OK), if they like you they can work out something for you to get your hours done in your first few years. I've seen that multiple times with faculty coming directly from internship. As long as you know what you need to get done to be licensed there and its reasonable you could do it while working there, I think it's legit to call yourself that and work out the details at the interview/negotiation stage.
I agree with other posts- but be sure to review the requirements for the state. Some states require more internship hours than others- e.g., CA is 1500 but Utah is 2000 (at least when I last checked a few years ago). I might be more specific about where you are in the process instead of just saying license eligible , like completed APA internship, if you've taken the EPPP etc. But for sure don't let it keep you from applying. At least when I was on search committees in the past (only 2) if we were really interested in someone, the license stage did not deter us from hiring.
I agree with ehhhh above. You are not currently "eligible" for a license if you still have a ton of post-doc hours left - you need to finish those hours before you're eligible. Maybe schools vary in terms of what they see as eligible, and it doesn't hurt to apply anyway, but I think you should be clear in your application if you still have a lot of hours left to complete.
It might depend on the place. I'm on the search committee of one of the clinical jobs which says "license-eligible" in the post and we just mean "eventually." Like that you graduated from a program and internship that will render you able to be licensed, regardless of current status of post-doc hours. This was also how I approached job apps when I applied (directly from internship); that I could be license eligible with enough post-doc hours. When I got here, I took a couple of years to get my license and it wasn't a problem. Point being, I wouldn't let the term "license-eligible" deter you from applying if you've got the training background to support an eventual license.