Educators must complete an approved forensic psychology course before they can practice in the state of Washington.
According to the Washington Department of Health, the course requires a teacher with at least a bachelor’s degree, and a minimum grade of C or better.
It also requires that a student complete an accredited post-graduate education program, such as a bachelor of arts, master of science or doctorate.
The requirements for practicing as a forensic psychologist include having a certificate of competency, an undergraduate degree from a accredited university or college, and at least three years of professional experience.
Washington state law requires that those practicing forensic psychology in the State of Washington obtain a license or certification to practice.
According to the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, “a certified forensic psychologist is a person licensed to practice psychology in Washington state.”