Educational Psychologist – ANZSCO 272312
- Investigates learning and teaching, and develops psychological techniques to foster the development and skills of individuals and groups in educational settings. Registration or licensing is required.
- Skill Level
Skills Assessment Requirement
Unless you are exempt in very limited circumstances, you are required to have a positive Skills Assessment to apply for the visas listed above.
Skills Assessment authority for Educational Psychologist is Australian Psychological Society Limited (APS). To have a positive skills assessment, you must meet the following criteria:
- Two Pathways to skills assessment through APS:
- Pathway A – Qualification comparable to six years of study in psychology in Australia
- Pathway B- Hold unconditional general registration as a psychologist in Australia at the time of applying for an assessment
- IELTS 6 and above
- The APS may also conduct a separate assessment of skilled employment history (particularly for those applying for the subclass 189 visa who which to include claims of relevant work experience as part of an expression of interest). To have a basis for applying for an assessment of skilled employment history, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be less than 50 years old
- Have a positive skills assessment from the APS
- Within the past 10 years either:
- Worked as a general registered psychologist for at least 1 year in Australia or;
- Worked as a registered psychologist for at least 3 years in countries where there is state/national registration for psychologists (e.g. Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, USA) or;
- Since attaining my highest academic qualification in psychology , I have worked in a psychological role for at least 3 years in a country where there is no state/national registration or;
- Since attaining a research-only postgraduate degree in psychology (e.g. PhD), I have worked in an academic role at a recognised tertiary/research institute for at least one year in Australia or 3 years overseas.
- You can provide evidence of my relevant employment history which shows relevant employment of at least 20 hours per week in each position you have held
- For each position that you were employed for at least 20 hours per week, you can provide supporting documents which show that you were employed as a psychologist or in a psychological role
Potential Visa Pathways for Educational Psychologist
|ANZSCO||Occupation||Skills Assessment||189||190||485||491 (State)||491 (Family)||186 (Direct)||407 (Training)||494 (regional Sponsored)||482 (TSS Medium Term)|
Group: 2723 Psychologists
- investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.
- collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders
- administering and interpreting diagnostic tests and formulating plans for treatment
- developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs
- consulting with other professionals on details of cases and treatment plans
- conducting research studies of motivation in learning, group performance and individual differences in mental abilities and educational performance
- collecting data and analysing characteristics of students and recommending educational programs
- formulating achievement, diagnostic and predictive tests for use by teachers in planning methods and content of instruction
- developing interview techniques, psychological tests and other aids in workplace selection, placement, appraisal and promotion
- conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, supervision and management
- performing job analyses and establishing job requirements by observing and interviewing employees and managers
- Skill Level
- Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).
Registration or licensing may be required.
- Occupations in this Group
- 272311 Clinical Psychologist
- 272312 Educational Psychologist
- 272313 Organisational Psychologist
- 272314 Psychotherapist
- 272399 Psychologists nec
This 189 visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia permanently. It is a points-tested visa. The minimum score to apply is 65 points. However, based on previous invitation rounds, you would need to achieve a higher score to have a better chance of obtaining an invitation.
In short, to be eligible for visa 189, you need to meet the following criteria:
Subclass 190 visa– Skilled Nominated Visa & Subclass 491 visa – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa
To apply for visa subclass 190 and visa subclass 491, you need to have a nomination from the state/territory government where you want to live and work. Each State and Territory have individual requirements that must be met in order to receive nomination. (See below)
Another difference between the 190 and 491 visa is that you can only apply for visa subclass 491 if you are living and working in regional areas in Australia, while it is not a requirement if you are applying for the 190 visa.
In summary, to be eligible for 190 visa, you need to meet the following criteria:
To check if the state/ territory government requirements for your occupation, refer to the following links
Links to requirements
|New South Wales||
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)|
The 485 visa is a work visa available to international students who have completed two years of study in Australia. It is an 18-month visa that has full work rights and full study rights. It also allows you to travel freely to and from Australia throughout the validity of the visa.
To be eligible for visa 485, you need to meet the following criteria:
If you have an employer who is willing to sponsor you, you may be eligible for a Subclass 186 visa. This visa is permanent and will allow you to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely. To be eligible for this visa, you need to have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and a positive skills assessment. Alternatively, if you are a holder of a Subclass 457 or TSS visa, you can apply for Subclass 186 after working for your employer for at least 3 years under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
The 407 visa a short stay visa for individuals to participate in occupational training or professional development in Australia. This visa is generally valid to stay in Australia for 2 years. Please note this visa is subject to condition 8102 which forbids work apart from the training that is specified in the visa application. You are also required to maintain health insurance whilst in Australia.
To be eligible for visa 407, you need to meet the following criteria:
You can apply for subclass 494 if you have a regional employer who is willing to sponsor you. To be eligible for this visa, you must have at least 3 years of working experience in your nominated occupation and have a relevant skills assessment. With this visa, there is a requirement that you must work for the employer who is sponsoring you.
This visa provides pathway to permanent residency through the 191 visa.
The Subclass 482 visa is a Temporary Skill Shortage visa that requires a sponsorship from an Australian employer. This visa allows to your live and work in Australia for up to 4 years. You may apply for as many 482 visas as you want, as long as the employer is willing to sponsor you.
Study Pathway to Educational Psychologist
To become an Educational Psychologist, you need a specialised postgraduate degree in psychology and a period of supervised practice. It should be noted that registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required.
Bachelor of Psychology
- Duration: 4 years
- Total Course Cost Approx: $145,400 AUD
- English proficiency requirement – IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- Academic score requirements may apply depending on the country in which you obtained your qualifications
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Human Resource Management (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Psychological Science