Courses other than M.Phil to get Registration from RCI as Clinical Psychologist

Atul Verma-Clinical Psychologist-UIBS

Many times Clinical Psychology aspirants ask me what or the other ways to get RCI Certificate other than M.Phil in Clinical Psychology. They have many questions in mind but dint get proper answers I will try to answer all the questions..In case if you any other question just put it in comment section or call me at 9899375790. Hope you will get all answer here:


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Q. Can we get RCI certificate directly without M.Phil? :

Ans. No as if now RCI is not giving any certificate to practice as a Clinical Psychologist.

Q. Can there is any other short term RCI Clinical Psychology courses? :

Ans. yes there is course from last few years few institution are running RCI recognized one year Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology any one with PG in Psychology can apply for the same. this list of the institutions are given below. 

Q. Can I get RCI certificate after P.hD.? :

Ans. No P.hD is an academic degree which focuses only on one research topic during the course so after P.hD you can not practice as Clinical Psychologist as you are not exposed to different kind and mental health problems and you are not trained in diagnosing and treating people with metal health problems even if your topic is from clinical filed.
But there a RCI Course called PsyD that is equivalent to P.hD degree, in that you will trained as clinical psychologist first for two years and after that in last 2 years you will do research on selected topic and after that you will get RCI registration as Clinical Psychologist.  Instution for the same is give below.

Q. Can I do M.Phil part time or in distance mode?:

Ans. No there is no one in the world or there is no course in the world that makes you learn patient handling, diagnosing and treating people online or through correspondence as it is not possible. How can a treating doctor or surgeon or psychiatrist learn these  skills online. Bottom line is there no RCI registered M.Phil Clinical Psychology.


  • Institution for Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology & PsyD.
TL003 Sweekar Academy of Rehabilitation Sciences,  Upkaar Complex,   Upkaar Circle, Picket, Secunderabad, Telangana – 500 003 Tel.No.- 040 – 27843338  Fax.- 040-27810731 E-mail : Website: P.D.(Cl.Psy.)







2013-14 & 2014-15,  2015-16, 2016-17 2017-18 to 2019-20


2013-14, 2014-15,     2015-16 & 2016-17 2017-18 to 2019-20

UP017 Amity Institute of Behavioural (Health) & Allied Sciences (AIBHAS), Amity University, Amity Campus, Sector -125, Plot No. 4, Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida-, E-mail:-    Tel. No.:-  0120-2431859, 4392000 Fax: 0120 – 2431870 P.D.(Cl.Psy.)





2015-16, 2016-17 &      2017-18


2016-17 to 2017-18


Atul Verma – Clincial Psychologist



14 thoughts on “Courses other than M.Phil to get Registration from RCI as Clinical Psychologist”

  1. What I know for pg diploma in clinical psychology will give you a RCI license for associate clinical psychologist that is I guess you have to work under a clinical psychologist but not solely as a clinical psychologist

    1. Dear Rashmi Behera

      You are right they will be registered as Clinical Psychologist (Associate). They can practice independently but they cant teach/training/supervise.

      I quoting the RCI Website

      “The Clinical Psychologists (Associate) are distinguished from the M.Phil qualified Clinical Psychologist. The later are full fledged professionals with higher level of competency and responsibility in service, academic and research areas; whereas Clinical Psychologists (Associate) by the nature and duration of their training are consider not fully adept to function as an academician. They are, however, considered competent enough to involve in a broad range of professional service activities. The clinical psychologist (Associate) will be us ed as an under-fill class for existing clinical psychologist positions under state and central government sectors. However, the role in such appointments are limited only for providing clinical services to clients with mental illness and does not involve independent responsibilities in academic activities such as teaching/training/guiding/supervising students of clinical psychology at the academic departments. In these activities Diploma qualified may be assigned roles of Clinical Assistant and/or Teaching Assistant or Junior Consultant as deemed fit in teaching/training centers.”

      1. Are these the only two colleges with Diploma in Clinical Psychology which can get us an RCI license?
        Are there any entrance exams for these courses?

  2. I am graduate in engineering. Can I apply for M.Phil directly ? Or I will have to do graduation in psychology first?
    Can distance education Master in psychology from IGNoU will work ?

    1. You have to be PG in Psychology with at least 55% of marks, doing regular Post Graduation will be good. Distance mode is not a good idea as few institute don’t take Correspondence PG Psychology students.

  3. Hi Mr.Atul,

    Iam a gradute in Science and then did my M.Sc.( Applied Psychology) from GJUS & T hissar.Then did my B ED ( LD) from Vision Institute Faridabad.How can i get register with RCI

    1. If you have done B.Ed from RCI registered institute then will get certificate special educator. If you want to register as clinical psychologist you have to do M.Phil In Clinical Psychology or Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology or PsyD in Clinical Psychology.

  4. Sir how hard is to get admission in the RCI recognised college for MPhil clinical psychology and how much pay a student can expect after finishing the MPhil

    1. Competition is tough as seats are few in different institutions specially in government colleges, but with good preparation you can get the seat. in private sector starting is around 30 no 50 on an average, in government setup you can get 50 to 1 Lakh depending on you post type of job. You can also go for private practice where there is no limitation. Earning also depends on you ability and expertise also.

  5. Hi sir, I’m currently working as a research assistant in TISS.
    I wanted to know whether I will get the RCI licence as a Clinical Psychologist if I pursue Psy D, and whether pursuing it from Sweekar worth it or doing it from outside india is better, and if i apply in abroad how will i get registered?

    1. Hi Saba

      You will get RCI Certificate from if you will complete PsyD from Sweekar But it is advisable when taking admission please check RCI Recognized institution from their site. How to get registration India after abroad degree please check RCI

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