Becoming a psychologist

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.

SACAP’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree is a comprehensive undergraduate psychology degree programme, providing a perfect springboard for those wishing to progress to Honours and Masters in order to become a psychologist.

The minimum requirements for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Registered Counsellor are as follows:

  • A 4-year Bachelor of Psychology professional degree approved by the HPCSA, including a 720 hour practicum; and
  • Successful completion of the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology in the Registered Counsellor category.

SACAP’s Bachelor of Psychology professional degree is approved by the HPCSA for the education and training of Registered Counsellors. Graduates of this programme will be eligible to sit the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology in the Registered Counsellor category in order to register with the HPCSA as Registered Counsellors. As a 4-year NQF8 degree programme, the BPsych has a ‘built-in’ Honours equivalent. Graduates are therefore also able to articulate into a Masters programme with a view to becoming a Psychologist.

Study pathways