Citizen of the United States.
(1) Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program
in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The
specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which
the applicant is to be employed.
(2) Have successfully completed a professional psychology
internship training program that has been accredited by APA.
Exceptions: (1) new VHA psychology internship
programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are
acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such
programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for
Psychology and the VHA Central Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that
the individual was an intern and (2) VHA facilities who offered full one-year
pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be
acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement.
GRADE DETERMINATIONS: Grades and salaries will be determined by the
Professional Standards Board (PSB).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
None beyond the basic requirements.
GS-12: Experience. In addition to the basic requirements at the
GS-11 level, at least 1 year of experience as
a professional psychologist equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(1) Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to
practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, Commonwealth
of the United States (e.g., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia.
(2) Experience. In addition to the experience requirements at the
GS-12 level, at least 1 additional year of experience as a psychologist
equivalent to the next lower grade level.
The Secretary may waive the
requirement of licensure for an individual psychologist for a period not to
exceed 2 years from the date of employment on the condition that such a
psychologist provide care only under the supervision of a psychologist who is
so licensed. Non-licensed psychologists who otherwise meet the eligibility
requirements may be given a temporary appointment a graduate psychologist under
the authority of 38 U.S.C. § 7405 (a) (1) (D). Failure to obtain licensure
during the 2 year period is justification for termination of the temporary
appointment. This may result in termination of employment.
Loss of Credential. An employee in this occupation who fails to obtain
licensure/certification/registration within the required time frame, or who
fails to maintain the required licensure/certification/registration must be
removed from the occupation, which may also result in termination of
employment. For occupations which require an active credential
(licensure/certification/registration) at all grade levels, at the discretion
of the appointing official, an employee may be reassigned to another occupation
for which he/she qualifies if a placement opportunity exists. For occupations
which require an active credential (licensure/certification/registration) in
assignments above the full-performance level only, at the discretion of the
appointing official, an employee may remain at an appropriate lower grade level
in the occupation when both of the following apply: the credential is not a
requirement and a placement opportunity exists."
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY
NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
: VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office .