APAPO 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 APAPO membership dues, formerly known as the Practice Assessment, that support the work of the APA Practice Organization (APAPO). The mission of APAPO, a companion organization to APA, is to advance and protect the professional practice of psychology is supported by members who pay APAPO dues.

This article provides answers to common questions from members about the APAPO membership dues.

Why are APAPO membership dues needed?

APAPO 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. APA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under IRS rules. As a public charity, APA must operate for the good of the public in advancing charitable, educational, or scientific purposes. Providing for additional resources in order to confront persistent challenges and cultivate opportunities for practicing psychologists took a major step forward in 2001 with the advent of the APA Practice Organization. Created as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, APAPO 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.

Who pays APAPO membership dues?

Licensed APA members who provide health or mental health services or supervise those who do can pay the APAPO membership dues, which support the work of the APA Practice Organization on behalf of professional psychology. In addition to licensed psychologists, nonlicensed APA members with a doctoral degrees awarded within the last 10 years who are pursuing licensure may also join the APA Practice Organization for $25. APAPO dues are included in a separate section in the APA member dues statements. The APAPO membership dues amount is $140 for 2016, as noted on the APA dues statements. (Certain limited adjustments may apply.)

Can I pay a reduced fee?

Most previous reduced fee categories and dues adjustments have been eliminated for the 2016 membership year. APA Life Status members can still join the Practice Organization or renew membership at either a reduced rate of $40 per year, or at the full rate of $140 if desired.

Why aren't APAPO membership dues part of my APA dues?

As noted earlier, membership dues support the work of the APA Practice Organization, a legally separate entity with a different IRS status than APA. As a result, APAPO membership dues payments are not part of your APA membership dues, although they are billed on 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.