To assist CAP in fulfilling its mandate as authorized by the Health Professions Act (HPA), several adjudicative and advisory committees were established that consist primarily of regulated members to advise the Council and aid it in performing its duties. Adjudicative and advisory committees are clearly separated, in keeping with the principles of administrative fairness.
More than 100 volunteers contribute hundreds of invaluable hours, supporting efficient and effective self-regulation including:
- Council members who carry out vital functions of CAP
- standing and legislated committees, task forces and ad hoc committees formed to address specific, time-sensitive issues
- regulated members who offer their professional expertise to CAP
Click here to view CAP's functional committee structure. The committees and their functions are outlined below:
Credentials Evaluation Sub-Committee (CESC). As established in legislation and regulation, the CESC reviews applications for the evaluation of academic credentials from accredited institutions. The CESC determines whether the applicant meets core and substantive content areas and possesses the required number of credits as established in legislation and regulation. Foreign applicants are required to provide an assessment of their academic credentials from International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS) to assist the CESC in its evaluation. The CESC also reviews and approves doctoral credentials.
The CESC meets once per year as a full committee, and in smaller panels generally six times per year. Committee members are asked to attend the full committee meeting and three out of six panel meetings per year. Meetings are generally scheduled to last four hours. However, their length may vary depending on the number of files reviewed. As required by the HPA, the CESC provides its decision results in writing.
Registration Approvals Sub-Committee (RASC). The RASC reviews applicant files through all stages of the registration process. This includes review and approval of supervision plans, waiver requests, final evaluations of supervised practice, references and registration verification. The RASC adjudicates whether an applicant is ready to be issued a permit to practice as a registered provisional psychologist, a registered psychologist or a courtesy registrant. The RASC also reviews practice permit renewals at the request of the Registrar.
The RASC meets annually in April as a full committee and in smaller panels generally eight times per year. Committee members are asked to attend the full committee meeting and a minimum of two panel meetings per year. As required by the HPA, the RASC provides its decision results in writing.
Substantial Equivalency Sub-Committee (SESC). Applicants who do not meet CAP’s registration requirements may, in some circumstances, apply for a substantial equivalency review in accordance with the HPA. Substantial equivalency is the process of determining whether a combination of education, experience and practice, or other qualifications demonstrate the competence required for registration as a regulated member.
Sub-committee members, appointed from the Registration Committee by the Registrar, sit in panels of three or more to consider substantial equivalency review requests, as needed. As required by the HPA, the SESC provides its decision results in writing.
Hearing Tribunal/Complaint Review Committee (HT/CRC). Under the HPA, the Council appoints members to a membership list to be used for appointing members to both Hearing Tribunal and Complaint Review Committee panels.
HT panels conduct hearings into allegations of unprofessional conduct made against psychologists. CRC panels conduct reviews of the Complaints Director’s dismissals of complaints. Panels, comprising of two members from the membership list and one public member, appointed by Alberta Health, are arranged as required.
The time commitment required of HT and CRC panel members varies depending on the circumstances of the particular case. Hearings are conducted in person and may range from one to five days. Complaint dismissal reviews are often complex and may take a similar amount of time. The panel may choose to meet in person or via teleconference. Additional time may be required for teleconferences and the writing of decisions. Committee members may be asked to sit on one to three panels per year, based on need and availability.
Practice Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is a non-adjudicative standing committee that acts in an advisory capacity to Council. The mandate of the PAC is to advise Council on matters of professional standards, ethics, professional practice guidelines and psychological practice. The committee meets approximately three times per year or on an as-needed basis. The PAC occasionally forms ad hoc committees to address specific issues.
Publications Committee. The Publications Committee monitors the content of the quarterly newsletter, The CAP Monitor to ensure the information being conveyed is consistent with CAP’s mandate, governing documents and policy.
Registration Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC is a non-adjudicative standing committee that acts in an advisory capacity to Council. RAC reviews and proposes to Council entry-to-practice requirements and enhancements. Their mandate includes all aspects of the registration process and compliance with relevant legislative requirements. Members of RAC continue to participate in implementation of the recommendations from the independent third-party reviews, including UPAC.
University Program Approval Committee (UPAC). The UPAC is an advisory committee to Council with a mandate to review psychology degree programs that could be pre-approved for registration under the Regular Pathway. The UPAC is designed to provide policy rationale on how to approve specific programs and direction on how to move forward and liaise with educational institutions if necessary, and to assist Council in determining which programs are appropriate for consideration. The pre-approval process is intended to increase the objectivity, transparency and fairness of the registration process.