The Health Professions Act and the Psychologists Profession Regulation govern the practice of psychology in Alberta. Under its legislated authority, CAP has established:
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.
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.
Complete the self evaluation below as a first step to determine the registration pathway that will apply to you.
This information is for applicants who are not currently registered as a psychologist in any jurisdiction.
This information is for applicants who completed their education outside of Canada.
This information is for applicants currently registered in another jurisdiction in Canada (CFTA) or anyone who currently holds CPQ certification issued by the ASPPB.
This information is for applicants who are registered as a psychologist in a jurisdiction outside of Canada and have worked independently (unsupervised) as a psychologist in that jurisdiction.
This information is for applicants who are currently licensed or registered in another jurisdiction who wish to obtain a short-term courtesy practice permit on a temporary basis.
This application is intended for those who are not eligible to register through the regular registration process but demonstrate evidence of a combination of education, experience, practice and training.
The information in this section assists Registered Provisional Psychologists in completing the registration requirements to become a registered psychologist.
The information in this section describes the requirements and processes to maintain your practice permit, taking leave or retiring, verification of registration, etc.
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:
View a condensed flow chart outlining the steps in the registration process.
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This section provides information and resources regarding registration requirements, fees and renewing a practice permit.
This section provides information and resources to address concerns about the conduct of a psychologist.
CAP communicates with members, providing regulatory information and guidance. Regulated members are welcome to contact CAP for professional guidance related to regulatory information.
Learn more about CAP and its mandated responsibiliites under the Health Professions Act.
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.
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