ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology provides students with the fifth year of six years of professional training required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. Graduates of this course can then complete an additional one-year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship to have the fifth and sixth years of training required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.
The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), the body that set the standards for psychology education in Australia. It is comprised coursework as well as a 10,000 word thesis.
Graduates who complete this course and an additional one year Psychology Board of Australia approved internship and achieve general registration will be able to work as psychologists in Australia.
Meet the following requirements:
- Qualifications equivalent to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited four-year undergraduate sequence within the last 10 years (qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for equivalence and evidence of assessment provided), AND
- Be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (which requires you to meet all the requirements for registration).
International students: Please note that as part of the registration requirements you must meet the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) "English language skills registration standards". These standards require the demonstration of English language competency in one of a number of specified equivalent ways. One way includes through demonstration of attainment of academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no test score less than 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and no test score in any test component less than 6.5, completed in the last two years in a test setting as specified in the standards.
ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is currently available on-campus in Sydney.
1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Trimester 1: Monday 13 February 2017
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology has at its core three main principles:
- Evidence-based study
- Multidisciplinary study
- Intervention and change
For more information on this course, see the course guide.
On-campus study in Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.
For more information about the units, see the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology course sequence.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP. If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.
For international student fees, click here.
The Psychology Study Sequence
It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. The 6 years can be made up of:
- 6 years of accredited study
- 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
- 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice
Graduates who complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology with a distinction average are eligible to apply to enrol in ACAP’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) with credit for up to eight units of study. You may be required to complete additional assessments prior to entry to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and may be required to undertake additional supervised clinical practice during the program to ensure that you meet the requirements for the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
A Career in Psychology
Psychology graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services. Some graduates continue their study in psychology with the aim of becoming registered psychologists and others undertake further specialist study for careers in diverse areas such as allied health, teaching, and business.
- Clinical Psychologist
- Educational Psychologist
- Organisational Psychologist
Did you know?
- Employment for psychologists is expected to grow very strongly for the period up to 2016-17.
- ACAP offers Psychology courses from Bachelor through to Masters level - the full 6 year study sequence.