rci approved psychologist guide

How to become a RCI Registered clinical psychologist – step by step guide

A clinical psychologist is highly trained in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They work on a range of short-term and long-standing issues like relationship problems, work stress, regulating emotions and PTSD, substance dependence, dementia, etc. respectively. 

A clinical psychologist does not give medications, rather they use psychological techniques to bring about a change in their clients. 

They typically work in hospital settings; however this has changed now. Clinical psychologists can also function in schools, colleges and universities, NGOs, and private clinics. 



Pursuing graduation in psychology is important because it helps you in clearing the fundamentals of the course so that you can have a strong base. 

There are two kinds of courses offered for bachelor’s;

  • BA (Hons) Psychology 
  • BA (Hons) Applied psychology

BA(H)-Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feelings. It finds applications across all avenues of life, be it family, work, relationships, corporate spaces, or industries. 

BA(H)-Applied Psychology is the use of psychological principles and theories to overcome problems such as mental health, business management, education, health, product design, and law. The course also enables them to develop a critical, interactive, integrative understanding of the nature of applied psychology rather than just a knowledge base of historical theories and current research perspectives.

Top Colleges/ Universities to pursue your graduation 

  • The University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 
  • Fergusson College, Pune
  • Ambedkar University, New Delhi

2- Pursue your post-graduation in clinical psychology 

All colleges conduct entrance tests for you to get admission to the PG program. You can pursue either MA or MSc in clinical psychology While some universities make it mandatory for you to have a bachelor’s in psychology with an aggregate percentage of 55%, other universities do allow you to sit for entrance without having a bachelor’s in the field. In your master’s, you will gain a thorough understanding while gaining exposure through the internships and the practicals that are designed in the course. You will get to visit hospitals and private clinics since clinical psychology focuses mainly on mental disorders. In the final semester, you will be required to write a paper under the guidance of your professor. You can choose to get it published as well.

Colleges for Clinical Psychology in India

  • The University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Ambedkar University, New Delhi
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  • Gautam Budh University, Noida
  • The University of Pune, Pune
  • The University of Mumbai, Mumbai

3- Getting an RCI license

Mphil in the clinical psychology program teaches candidates about how to apply the gained knowledge to the field of clinical psychology.

To get the license, you are required to pursue your M.phil (Clinical Psychology).it is a 2-year course and to apply for this course, it is mandatory to have a master’s in psychology (exception in some colleges).  During the M.Phil, you will work under a senior psychologist and handle patients. The majority of the days are spent in the hospital and the rest in colleges. Hence, you will get hands-on experience in dealing with patients. Also, during the final year, you have to write a detailed paper with the guidance of your professor. 

Some of the colleges to pursue Mphil (approved with RCI) are

It is important to know that while completing the basics is important, you cannot receive all the knowledge from just one source. Therefore, it is important to always gain knowledge from all sources to broaden the horizon. For this, Cognizavest has various programs planned to get you acquainted in the field of clinical psychology while making sure that you are not limited to theoretical knowledge.

12 thoughts on “How to become a RCI Registered clinical psychologist – step by step guide”

  1. Hii…
    I am doing my masters in clinical psychology through ignou … I am going to do m phil in next year in kashmir university… Can i get Rci certificate?i want to become clinical psychologist

    1. No, but you are eligible to get admission at RCI recognized institutes. If you have done an MA in Psychology from IGNOU, you will need to do an M.Phil or a Ph.D. from an RCI affiliated University or hospital, to get RCI registration. You can apply for RCI registration after completing the M.Phil or Ph.D.

  2. Dr Meenakshi N

    Hi , I did My MSc in clinical psychology and PhD in in psychology, now teaching clinical psychology and child psychology in Bangalore University, can I get RCI certification? What is the procedure to get RCI certification

  3. Iam bsc zoology student now I am going to purse my masters degree in clinical psychatry in tech technological University which is world’s largest online university by this degree can we apply for rci license

  4. Dr.Indu Sharma

    Hlo Sir/ Mam
    My self Dr.Indu Sharma.I have done Ph.d from k.u.k
    I want to be a councellor.please guide me how can i get license from RCI

  5. I’m M.Ed ,M,Phil ín education ..
    have 25 year of experience in college of educatíon…do I require any licence to practice as a school counselor.

  6. hi,
    I am completed 10+2 and done in regular mode and my ug without psychology background and done in SRI VENKATESWARA UNIVESITY distance education 3 year in BSC MScs {statistic} so I am doing for MSC clinical psychology and M.Phil clinical psychology .
    this qualification eligible for GET RCI LICENCE FOR CLICAL PSYCHOLOGST PRACTICE


  7. I have done my Master’s in clinical psychology from AMU n another diploma in counselling from amity with a practice of 20 yrs plus can I get RCI liscense

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