Vision: The Promotion of Human Well-Being in Singapore
Mission: To Advance the Research and Practice of Psychology in Singapore

Our application form is currently being updated to serve you better. Should you wish to apply for membership, please contact our Secretariat at secretariat@singaporepsychologicalsociety.org for a digital copy.

The Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) is a voluntary regulatory system, created and maintained by the Singapore Psychological Society (SPS).

The SRP promotes transparency, accountability and professionalism among psychologists trained to deliver direct psychological services to patients and clients. Only psychologists who have applied postgraduate degrees are eligible for SRP registration.

 The SRP has two aims:

  1. To protect users of psychological services, and 
  2. To advance the professional standards of practitioner psychologists.

Benefits

The practice of psychology is not regulated by the government in Singapore.  SRP registration is not mandatory for practice in Singapore. Only psychologists who have applied postgraduate degrees are eligible for SRP registration.SPS is working with relevant stakeholders to work towards regulation of Psychologists in Singapore. Employers and members of the public are increasingly recognizing the importance of receiving services from a Registered Psychologist. 

The SRP registration has the following benefits:

  • Professional recognition – Registration enables you to use the title “Registered Psychologist (Singapore)”.  Your Registered Psychologist status affirms that you have achieved the required professional qualifications to practise in accordance with the SPS Code of Ethics. 
  • Employment opportunities – Employers hire registered psychologists.  Medical and allied health professionals seek referrals from Registered psychologists listed on the Directory of SPS Members. 
  • Professional development – Registered psychologists can participate in professional development activities at reduced rates. 
  • Networking opportunities – Registered psychologists can network with fellow psychologists in different domains of psychology specializations.
  • Professional IndemnityRegistered psychologists may purchase the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance. For details, please refer to the FAQ below. New SRP applicants may indicate their interest on their application form. SRP members may choose to purchase it if they had not done so previously by writing to secretariat@singaporepsychologicalsociety.org

Eligibility

To register with the SRP, applicants must meet either

  • Criterion 1 and 2A, or
  • Criterion 1 and 2B 

Have a Current SPS Full Membership

  • You need to have SPS Full Membership before your SRP application would be reviewed.
  • You can submit your SPS and SRP applications at the same time.
  • Your SPS application will be processed first.
  • After you receive SPS Full Membership, your SRP application would then be reviewed.

You must have completed a Postgraduate Applied Psychology Degree, at a Master or Doctoral Level.

  • Your Applied Psychology Degree should minimally be a 2-year full-time programme or part-time equivalent that includes
    • Relevant coursework including psychological assessment and intervention, and ethics;
    • Supervised practicum in several approved settings; and
    • Research.

The table below shows the required number of practicum hours based on the year of matriculation for your Postgraduate Applied Psychology Degree.        

* Client contact includes any direct contact with client, significant others and professionals working with same client.

** 50% of supervision hours must be individual supervision.

*** Other hours can include report writing, research and activities relevant to the client.

For programmes which do not fulfil the above requirements, a top-up of additional practicum hours post-programme is required.

The additional practicum hours must be supervised by an SRP-Approved or SRP-Eligible supervisors.  Please refer to SPS Directory for list of approved supervisors.

  • An overseas Postgraduate Applied Psychology Degree program needs to be accredited by the professional society and/or licensing body in the country/region in which the educational institution operates. 

The SRP only registers practitioner psychologists who have applied postgraduate degrees. The Academic Research Psychology degrees and Degrees in Behavioural Analysis, Counselling, Family Therapy and other Psychotherapy do not meet the requirements of the SRP.  There are currently no exceptions to this rule.                    

This is relevant for applicants who trained overseas and

  • Have completed their Postgraduate Applied Psychology Degree overseas
  • Have a valid licence/ registration to practise as a recognized professional psychologist in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America or Canada
  • Have documentary evidence for eligibility to be registered to practise as recognized professional psychologist in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America or Canada

Please provide relevant documentary evidence when applying.

For overseas applicants who meet criteria for SRP membership, you will need to demonstrate that you have English language competency and the requisite knowledge and skills to practise within the Singapore context. The latter can be verified through a period of supervision provided by SRP-Approved supervisors.

Requirements for Continued Registration

For continued registration on SRP, you are required to

1. Abide by SPS Code of Professional Ethics.

Registered Psychologists must uphold the SPS Code of Professional Ethics.  They should provide psychological services only in their respective areas of competence. Disciplinary measures may be taken by the SPS Council toward any members who violate the SPS Code of Professional Ethics

2. Fulfil your PD Log requirements. Refer to the FAQ 

3. Pay the annual membership fee.

Frequently asked questions

1. Do I need SRP registration to practise in Singapore?

No. The practice of psychology in Singapore is not regulated by the government. SPS is actively working towards the regulation of psychology as a profession. Practicing psychologists who are registered or licensed in other countries and locally, have chosen to voluntarily register with the SRP.  Doing so means that they have the required educational qualifications for the area of practice they deliver as a psychologist.

1. How do I verify my practicum hours?
You can submit a certified true copy of your signed practicum log or a signed letter from your university supervisor detailing your supervision hours or a copy of your practice license.

2. Is the program I wish to apply for approved by SRP?
The SRP does not pre-approve specific programs for registration. You must examine the program structure and curriculum yourself to see if it meets the criteria required for SRP registration. You need an applied psychology program that includes relevant coursework and a supervised practicum component.
We recommend that you choose a program that will allow you to be eligible to be a licenced psychologist with the national regulatory bodies of the country that you will graduate from e.g. ARPRA and HCPC.

3. I graduated with a research degree and then completed 1000 hours of supervised practice on the job. Will I qualify?

No. You need an applied psychology degree that includes a supervised practice during the programme. Supervised practicum on the job cannot be considered as the standards can vary widely.


4. What if I completed my practitioner psychology degree outside of Singapore and it is not from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States?
Such applications to SRP need to come with evidence that your postgraduate degree would make you eligible to practice as a licensed or registered psychologist in the country that the degree was completed.


5. What if I completed my practitioner psychology degree in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States but have not yet received licensure or registration in the country that the degree was completed?
Such applications to SRP need to come with evidence that the postgraduate degree would make you eligible to apply for licensure or registration in the country that the degree was completed.

Current PD Log Requirements

  1. Professional development is necessary to ensure that members retain their capacity to practise safely and effectively, in line with SPS Code of Ethics.
  2. Continual Registration on the SRP requires at least 60 points for PD activities per cycle of 2 years.
  3. Non-submission of PD Log for ONE cycle of 2 years will result in SRP member being listed as “Conditional Status” in the SRP Directory.
  4. Non-submission of PD Log for TWO cycles of 4 years will result in SRP member being delisted from the SRP Directory.
1. Why do Registered Psychologists need to get Professional Indemnity Insurance?
 
Being a registered psychologist means that there is a higher expectation of you as a competent practitioner, which comes with the responsibility to protect the interest of the client. Having professional indemnity means that you have attained a certain professional standing and it protects you from being financially burdened by litigation proceedings, when your competence and professionalism are called in question despite every good effort you have made to do right by the client. 
 
2. Can I buy Professional Indemnity Insurance if I am not a Registered Psychologist? 
 
Yes you may do so with other Insurance Companies. The SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance is applicable only to Registered Psychologists with the Singapore Psychological Society.
 
3. My company has a group policy for Professional Indemnity, is there still a need to buy the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance?
 
It depends if the group policy covers you for the work you do with the company only or beyond. Typically, it is the former. If so, you need not purchase. Should you require coverage beyond the work you do at the company, you may want to consider getting the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance for yourself.
 
4. If I were to purchase the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance, what would I be insured for?
 
You will be insured for all the psychology services you provide, including teleconsulting with no prescription of medicine. The services could be provided worldwide, but excludes the USA/Canada. 
 
5. What is the coverage under the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance plan?
 
The coverage may be reviewed from time-to-time depending on the prevailing needs. The current (2023) coverage are as follows:
 
(a) Limit of Indemnity: SGD $250,000 each and every claim and in the aggregate per psychologist
 

(b) Shared limit of Indemnity: SGD $5,000,000 for all psychologist

 
(c) Deductible: SGD $5,000 each and every claim
 
(d) Molestation Exclusion (with defence costs sub-limited to SGD 75,000)
 
(e) Court Attendance Compensation Expenses Extension (with defence costs sub-limited to SGD 25,000)
 
(f) Public relationships and Crisis Management Expenses (sub-limited to SGD 25,000)
 
(g) Cyber and Data Exclusion
 
6. If I was interested in the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance, what is the premium and how long will the coverage be?
 

The SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity provides yearly insurance coverage beginning every calendar year. The current premium is $200 excluding tax.

 
7. The SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance coverage and premium are attractive, what is the catch?
 
This SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance is meant to cater to SRP members’ needs. Members are able to enjoy low premiums because provisions have been made for concessionary rates to apply during onboarding. Members’ needs and interests are being evaluated for this. If members’ interests are low, premiums may increase the following year. Council may decide to terminate the policy if members’ uptake is low, as it suggests that members may not need it. Strong interest and partnership in this would be beneficial for all.
 
8. Why did we choose QBE Insurance?
 
QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd, UEN: 198401363C, is the current SRP SPS recommended broker for professional indemnity insurance, as approved by the SPS Executive Council. The Council selected QBE Insurance based on its links with insurance underwriters with strong financial standing, its offer of a relevant and comprehensive insurance product, its demonstrated knowledge and experience of the psychology field, and its proven service delivery record.
 
9. Am I eligible to apply for the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance?
 
First and foremost, you need to be registered with SRP. This means you need to fulfil the SRP application criteria. Additionally, you need to ensure the following:
 
(a) No claims to date. Please note, anyone who has claims will be reviewed separately outside of this scheme.
(b) You are based in Singapore. Living and working in Singapore.
(c) At least 80% of your clients are based in Asia (Australia does not count as part of Asia).
(d) You adherence to MOH teleconsulting guide during teleconsulting sessions (https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/resources-statistics/guidelines/moh-cir-06_2015_30jan15_telemedicine-guidelines-rev.pdf)
(e) IMPORTANT: Any members who fall outside of the above underwriting criteria and are enrolled despite not fulfilling the underwriting criteria will not be covered and no refund will be given.  
 
10. When can I apply for the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance? Is there an enrolment period?
 

Applications are open in Q4 of each year for the yearly coverage starting in January in the following year. Members who are interested must reach out to our Secretariat providing your name and membership number before December. Members must make full payment of $200 to Secretariat along with your name and membership number. Payment is not inclusive of GST. Interested members may write to: secretariat@singaporepsychologicalsociety.org

 
11. Who has the right to make any changes to the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance and its adminstration?
 

The Singapore Psychological Society (SPS) reserves the right to make executive decisions on all matters relating to the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance, in consultation with relevant stakeholders to ensure all concerned parties’ interests are met. Any decision made is final.

 
12. Do you provide support for personal indemnity insurance?
 

We cannot provide individual support to members for personal indemnity insurance, especially if it is outside the ambit of the SPS-QBE Group Professional Indemnity Insurance scheme for SRP members. Thank you for your kind understanding.

  1. Can SRP provide a letter of good standing for me to register with overseas organisations?
    SPS is able to provide a letter stating the type and duration of your membership with SPS, SRP and as an Approved Supervisor. Criteria for registration and renewal will be reflected in the letter. An administrative fee of $40 will be applied for such a request.

  2. Professional Liability
    Registered Psychologists are solely responsible for their own professional liability arising from any litigation related to their psychological practice. The SPS (including the Council) shall not be held liable for any litigation brought against any of the Registered Psychologists or SPS Members arising from their professional negligence or malpractice.