Applicants must meet the academic requirements of the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). The first step in the registration process is for applicants to apply to have the Credentials Evaluation Sub-Committee (CESC) evaluate their academic credentials based on CAP's Criteria for Evaluating Academic Credentials and, when applicable, the Criteria for Evaluating Doctoral Credentials.
CAP does not provide assistance in choosing a psychology training program or provide course recommendations. Please see the Criteria for Evaluating Academic Credentials for an explanation of the evaluation pathways.
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Applicants must, minimally, have earned a graduate degree with a major in psychology, or a graduate degree with content substantially equivalent to a graduate degree with a major in psychology. The degree must have been earned at a government-authorized/accredited institution, must provide the appropriate credits in psychology and must include specific psychology coursework in core and substantive content areas.
The CESC evaluates academic credentials based on the Criteria for EvaluatingAcademic Credentials. The criteria and resources related to evaluation can be found below.
The first step in the registration process is to apply online through the MyCAP Login to have your academic credentials evaluated at a meeting of the CESC.
For more information regarding the evaluation pathways, please refer to the Criteria for Evaluating Academic Credentials provided below.
Individuals applying for registration based on the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) who have a doctoral credential may access this information directly under the Mobility section of the CAP website.
Only a regulated member who has earned a doctoral degree in a program of psychology approved by the CESC shall use the title “Doctor” or the abbreviations “Dr”, ”PhD”, “EdD” or “PsyD” in connection with the practice of psychology, to ensure the title protection requirements of the Health Professions Act are met.
Doctoral credentials are evaluated based on CAP's established criteria. Individuals having a doctoral degree who are initially applying to have their academic credentials evaluated, are not required to complete this application. Their general academic and doctoral credentials will be evaluated together at a regularly scheduled meeting of the CESC.
Current CAP members who wish to have their doctoral degree review must submit the Application for Evaluation of Doctoral Credentials, as provided below. This form is currently not available through the MyCAP Login.
Applicants who hold a CPQ issued by the ASPPB do not need to submit an Application for Evaluation of Doctoral Credentials. Internationally Trained Psychologists (ITP) will have their doctoral credentials evaluated during the evaluation of their academic credentials (if applicable) and are not required to submit a separate Application for Evaluation of Doctoral Credentials.
The following section provides the forms and resources related to applying for an evaluation of academic credentials.
Learn how the criteria is used in evaluating academic credentials.
Read the instructions prior to completing your online credentials application.
View the upcoming CESC meeting dates.
Learn more about CAP fees.
Learn how the criteria is used to evaluate doctoral credentials.
Access the application for a review of doctoral credentials.
Read our FAQs for the requirements to apply for a review of academic credentials.
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