What to study to become a Psychologist in South Africa

What to study to become a psychologist in South Africa? Obviously you need to study first, then you can get registered.

In South Africa you can register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in the following 9 categories:

  1. Clinical psychologist
  2. Counselling psychologist
  3. Educational psychologist
  4. Industrial or organisational psychologist
  5. Research psychologist
  6. Neuropsychologist
  7. Forensic psychologist
  8. Registered counsellor
  9. Psychometrist

The minimum requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in the first 7 categories are as follows:

  • 5 Years full-time formal education in psychology, i.e.
    • A three year Bachelor’s degree majoring in psychology or equivalent thereof, plus
    • An Honours degree in psychology, plus
    • A directed Master’s degree programme in psychology approved by the HPCSA; and
  • Successful completion of a full-time approved internship of 12 months duration; and
  • Successful completion of the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology in the relevant registration category.

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