General Questions?

WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY?

The following websites provide a comprehensive explanation of psychology and careers in psychology.

Refer to the Ministry of Social and Family Development for complete information about other careers in the community and social service sector in Singapore.

OFF-SHORE /DISTANCE LEARNING PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS

1. Are off-shore psychology programs accredited?
A: By the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)

The Singapore Psychological Society does not and has not accredited any offshore psychology programs that are conducted in Singapore. Several local companies have falsely claimed that the Singapore Psychological Society accredits their offshore psychology programs. One such company was asked to publish a Notice of Apology to the SPS for falsely claiming that their offshore psychology programme is accredited by the SPS ( The Straits Times , January 31, 2001, page C25).

B: By the Singapore Government

The following are excerpts of a letter written by Dr. John Lim, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Singapore ("Check Courses before enrolling", The Straits Times, Forum , January 21, 2000)

  • There is no government authority in Singapore which assesses or grants recognition to degrees
  • Foreign institutions offering courses and the institutions' local agents are responsible for all aspects of their programmes. It is advisable for students interested in taking up such courses to find out as much as possible about the courses from the institutions, or agents, before enrolling in them.

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C: By the professional psychology bodies in the countries of the universities

Some offshore psychology programs offered by Australian universities are fully accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You should ask the local companies conducting these offshore psychology programs about their APS accreditation status. Please ask the company to show you copies of the APS accreditation letters if they said that their offshore programme is accredited. However, you must make sure that the accreditation is for the offshore psychology programs. In certain cases, the psychology programme completed entirely in Australia is accredited by the APS but the corresponding offshore psychology programme conducted entirely in Singapore is not accredited by the APS.

You may wish to check the list of accredited courses by the Australian Psychological Society.

Off-shore psychology programs offered by British universities: Please check the list of courses accredited by the British Psychological Society.

 

2. Can I apply for SPS membership after I complete my off-shore psychology programme?
The Singapore Psychological Society will accept offshore psychology degrees as qualifications for applying for SPS membership only if the offshore psychology programs are fully accredited by the appropriate professional psychology bodies (e.g., Australian Psychological Society, British Psychological Society).

 

3. Can I apply for admission to a Master or postgraduate programme with my off-shore psychology degree?
You must check with the particular university to find out if they would accept your offshore psychology degree.

 

4. Would employers in Singapore recognise my off-shore psychology qualifications?
Individual private sector employers in Singapore decide if they would recognise the offshore psychology qualifications. You must check with the individual employers.

 

5. Would government ministries or agencies in Singapore recognise my off-shore psychology qualifications?
You must check with the particular government ministry or agency. Government ministries and agencies have their own criteria for evaluating offshore psychology qualifications.

 

6. Are Psychology degrees that are completed overseas recognised by the SPS?

The Singapore Psychological Society will accept psychology degrees as qualifications for applying for SPS membership only if the psychology programs are fully accredited by the appropriate agencies.

Doctoral degrees in clinical, counselling, school and combined professional-scientific psychology; predoctoral internship programs in professional psychology; and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology that are completed at and conferred by American universities must be accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Doctoral programs in psychology that are not within the scope of the American Psychological Association's accreditation program (for example, the APA do not have any systems to accredit social psychology doctoral programs) - must be completed at and conferred by American universities that are accredited by one of the following accrediting associations:

See also the US Department of Education and fOffice of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Dept of Education for information about accreditation of schools, colleges and universities in the USA.

  • Psychology degrees completed at and conferred by Australian universities must be accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.
  • Psychology degrees completed at and conferred by British universities must be accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Psychology degrees completed at and conferred by Canadian universities :
    Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and Pre-doctoral Internship programs in Clinical Psychology, in Counselling Psychology, and in Clinical Neuropsychology must be accredited by the Canadian Psychological AssociationOther psychology degrees that are completed at and conferred by Canadian universities must be recognised by the relevant psychological authorities in Canada.
  • Psychology degrees completed at and conferred by New Zealand universities must be recognised by the New Zealand Psychological Society
  • Other countries: The general rule is that the psychology degrees must be recognised or accredited by the national psychological bodies in that country, or are completed at and conferred by universities that are recognised or accredited by the relevant authorities in that country, or are recognised as qualifications to apply for registration or licensure as qualified psychologists in that country.
HOW DO I BECOME A PSYCHOLOGIST IN SINGAPORE?

1. How do I apply for a license to practise as a psychologist in Singapore?

At present, there is no official statutory regulation of the practice of psychology in Singapore. Therefore, it is NOT COMPULSORY for you to be licensed or registered with a government agency or professional board to practise as a psychologist. In the absence of governmental regulation of the practice of psychology, the Singapore Psychological Society has implemented a register of psychologists who are professional qualified and providing psychological services. The Singapore Register of Psychologists is to ensure that consumer interest is better served. Although psychologists providing psychological services are encouraged to apply to be listed on the Singapore Register of Psychologists, it is not a legal requirement to be listed on the Singapore Register of Psychologists in order to practise as a psychologist in Singapore.

 

2. How do I apply for a job as a psychologist?
The Singapore Psychological Society regrets that it is not able to help individuals to secure employment as psychologists in Singapore or elsewhere. The SPS apologises to the individuals who have written to the Society to ask for help in looking for jobs as psychologists. You may wish to check the Career Opportunities page or the Careers in Psychology page on the SPS website, the Straits Times, or individual government ministry websites for job advertisements.

 

3. Must I join the SPS to practise as a psychologist in Singapore?
You are encouraged to join the SPS if you are working as a psychologist in Singapore. The SPS is the only professional society for psychologists in Singapore.

 

4. Would employers in Singapore recognise my psychology qualifications?
Individual private sector employers in Singapore decide if they would recognise the psychology qualifications. You must check with the individual employers.

 

5. Would government ministries or agencies in Singapore recognise my psychology qualifications?
You must check with the particular government ministry or agency. Government ministries and agencies have their own criteria for evaluating psychology qualifications.

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