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Rules and Policies of The Match

The 2018 APPIC Match


Match Agreements & Policies

Each applicant and training site must accept the terms of the Match Agreements when they register to participate in the Match.

Applicant Agreement Internship Site Agreement

As stipulated in the Match Agreements, all internship programs and applicants that register to participate in the Match must abide by all APPIC Policies, including the APPIC Match Policies, and the Schedule of Dates of the Match.

The rules related to eligibility requirements and Match participation are summarized below.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants

    Eligibility to Participate in the Match

    To be eligible to register for the Match, internship applicants must be enrolled in an eligible doctoral program in health service psychology or professional psychology that is an APPIC Doctoral Program Associate (DPA). While an applicant must be matriculating through an eligible doctoral program, there is no requirement to be registered or paying tuition for any particular semester in order to be eligible to participate in the Match.

    Note: Applicants who are not from an APPIC DPA program may not register for the Match, and may not apply to any APPIC-member internship programs, or to any non-APPIC member programs that participate in the Match, prior to the release of the Match results for Phase II of the Match.

    In addition, an applicant's academic program has the authority to determine the applicant's eligibility for participation in the Match. Applicants who wish to consult with APPIC about their eligibility may use the "Informal Problem Consultation" process (see appic.org for more information).

    Any eligible applicant seeking an appointment beginning after June 1, 2018 to a psychology internship program that participates in the Match must register to participate in the Match. Applicants who register in the Match must immediately notify all internship sites to which they have applied in the event of any change in their standing with their academic program (e.g., being put on probation) or in their eligibility to apply for an internship .

    Only those applicants who register for the Match prior to the Rank Order List deadline for Phase I of the Match, and who do not obtain a position in Phase I (e.g., applicants who withdraw or remain unmatched in Phase I), will be eligible to participate in Phase II of the Match.

    Eligibility to Participate in the Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS)

    Applicants who register for the Match but are not matched to a position in either Phase of the Match may participate in the PMVS. In addition, some applicants who are not eligible to register for the Match may also participate in the PMVS. "PMVS-only" participation will be permitted for applicants from doctoral programs that meet the criteria outlined in paragraphs 1a-1c of APPIC's Policy on Doctoral Program Associates and are approved by APPIC. Details regarding the participation of these applicants in the PMVS, including the timing and fees for accessing the AAPI Online system to prepare applications, are still being discussed and will be announced at a later date.

  • Programs

    All APPIC-member internship programs that have positions available must participate in the Match. Non-APPIC member sites that have participated in the Match and/or Post-Match Vacancy Service for less than two years, or that are members of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), are welcome and encouraged to participate. Non-APPIC member sites that have participated for two years will be granted a one-time exception to the two-year limitation if they apply for APPIC membership during the 2017 Fall membership cycle (i.e., by September 1, 2017). Internship sites that apply for APPIC membership during the Fall membership cycle, and that have not exceeded their limit for non-member participation, must register to participate in the Match before their membership application will be processed by APPIC. Non-APPIC members must sign a Statement of Qualification and will be charged a Match registration fee.

  • Doctoral Programs

    Beginning with the 2018 APPIC Match, only academic programs that are APPIC Doctoral Program Associates (DPAs) may send students into the Match. To be an APPIC DPA a doctoral program must either be accredited by an eligible accrediting organization (currently APA or CPA), or must have been granted an initial accredited site visit by such an organization. In addition, the program must be accepted as a DPA by APPIC and must pay the annual DPA fee to APPIC.

    Academic programs that are not APPIC DPAs may be able to have their applicants participate in the Post-Match Vacancy Service (PMVS) if the doctoral program meets the criteria outlined in paragraphs 1a-1c of APPIC's Policy on Doctoral Program Associates and is approved by APPIC. Programs approved by APPIC under these criteria will not be accepted as a DPA and will not have to pay a fee to APPIC.

    The List of Eligible Doctoral Programs indicates those doctoral programs that are currently APPIC DPAs, as well as programs that are not DPAs but whose students will be eligible to participate in the PMVS.

Rules of Participation

Participating internship programs must offer all their psychology internship positions in Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, positions that remain unfilled in Phase I of the Match must be offered in Phase II of the Match. However, positions for which funding is not assured should not be offered in the Match.

Programs may not make any offers of appointment to any applicant or require any commitments from any applicant prior to the release of the results for Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, programs offering positions in Phase II of the Match may not make any offers of appointment to any applicant or require any commitments from any applicant for those positions prior to the release of the results for Phase II of the Match. Programs may rank on their Rank Order Lists only those applicants registered in the Match.

Similarly, applicants may not make any commitments to or require any commitments regarding ranking intentions from any participating program prior to the release of the results of Phase I of the Match. Furthermore, applicants who do not obtain a position in Phase I of the Match may not make any commitments to or require any commitments regarding ranking intentions from any participating program prior to the release of the results of Phase II of the Match. Applicants may rank on their Rank Order Lists only those programs participating in the Match.

If an applicant decides to accept a position at a program that is not participating in the Match, or decides not to participate in the Match for any other reason, then the applicant must submit a withdrawal from the Match, and must not submit a Rank Order List for the Match.

Programs may not communicate their ranking intentions to applicants or request that any applicant state how any program will be ranked on the applicant's Rank Order List. Similarly, applicants may not communicate their ranking intentions to programs or request information on how any participating program intends to rank any applicant. The Rank Order Lists submitted by each program and applicant for each Phase of the Match are the sole determinants of their respective order of preferences for that Phase of the Match.

The Match results constitute a binding commitment between the applicant, the internship program and APPIC. A program must offer an appointment to each applicant with whom it is matched, and the applicant must accept the offer and attend the program, unless APPIC provides a written release from the Match result. A program may not offer a position to any applicant who was matched elsewhere and subsequently not released from the Match by APPIC.

Violations of the policies of the Match may be reported to the APPIC Standards and Review Committee. The APPIC Board may decide to impose penalties on those who violate the policies.

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