Registration and Practice Permit Renewal

The Health Professions Act and the Psychologists Profession Regulation govern the practice of psychology in Alberta. Under its legislated authority, CAP has established:

  • the entry to practice requirements for psychologists in the province of Alberta
  • the steps involved in becoming a psychologist
  • the ethical principles and professional standards for the professional practice of psychology

To be eligible to practice as a registered psychologist in Alberta, you must meet the registration requirements to obtain a practice permit to practice independently.

Process to Register as a Psychologist

Prior to completing any applications, applicants should read the manual titled, Process to Register as a Psychologist in Alberta February 2024.  The manual provides an overview of the registration process and describes the information required by the adjudicative committees to determine the applicant’s eligibility for registration, including academic qualifications, required documentation (i.e., criminal records check), supervised experience, and examinations.

Registration Self Evaluation Tool

Complete the self evaluation below as a first step to determine the registration pathway that will apply to you.

Fairness to Newcomers

The Fairness for Newcomers Office began operations on March 2, 2020. The Office is established under the Fair Registration Practices Act to remove barriers associated with the assessment of foreign qualifications, aiming to ensure that qualified individuals entering regulated professions from outside of Canada do not face unfair processes or barriers to registration.

To find out more information, please visit the Fairness for Newcomers Office website. You can also review the following Fact Sheets which are also available on the Fairness for Newcomers Office:

  1. Fair Registration Practices Act Fact Sheet
  2. Fairness for Newcomers Office Fact Sheet

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Registration and Renewal

This section provides information and resources regarding registration requirements, fees and renewing a practice permit.

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Concerns About a Psychologist

This section provides information and resources to address concerns about the conduct of a psychologist. 


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Professional Guidance

CAP communicates with members, providing regulatory information and guidance. Regulated members are welcome to contact CAP for professional guidance related to regulatory information.

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About CAP

Learn more about CAP and its mandated responsibiliites under the Health Professions Act. 

Resources & Regulatory Information

A number of documents govern the regulation of the profession of psychology and documents and resources are developed in order to promote competent and ethical practice and to guide its members. 

Sexual Abuse/Misconduct

Addressing and Preventing Sexual Abuse and Misconduct for Psychologists