APA Practice Organization membership dues: What you need to know

Answers to common member questions about the annual payment supporting the work of the APA Practice Organization

In addition to APA dues, members who are licensed practitioners can pay annual APA Practice Organization membership dues, formerly known as the Practice Assessment. These monies directly support the work of the APA Practice Organization. The mission of the Practice Organization, a companion organization to APA, is to advance and protect the professional practice of psychology.

This article provides answers to common questions from members about the APA Practice Organization membership dues.

Why are APA Practice Organization membership dues needed?

APA Practice Organization membership dues provide vital resources to the APA Practice Organization, which actively promotes the professional interests of practicing psychologists in a wide variety of settings. In contrast, APA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under IRS rules and considered a public charity. APA must operate for the good of the public in advancing charitable, educational, or scientific purposes. With the advent of the Practice Organization in 2001, the profession was able to take a major step forward to confront persistent practice-related challenges and cultivate opportunities for practicing psychologists. Created as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, the APA Practice Organization is not subject to the same IRS restrictions as APA, and is able to engage in a broad range of advocacy in support of practicing psychologists, limited only by available resources.

Why aren't APA Practice Organization membership dues part of my APA dues?

The APA Practice Organization is a legally separate entity with a different IRS status than APA. The work of the Practice Organization relies solely on Practice Organization membership dues and non-dues revenue. As a result, APA Practice Organization membership dues payments are not part of your APA membership dues, although they may be paid in a separate section of your APA dues statement.

The APA Practice Organization is housed administratively in the Practice Directorate, which also provides services for the 501(c)(3) APA on behalf of practicing psychologists and consumers of psychological services.