Examinations

The following examinations are a requirement in the registration process: 

  1. Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)
  2. Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP) Examination

These examinations are designed to assess whether an applicant demonstrates a minimum standard of professional knowledge and judgment in matters of jurisprudence and ethics to safely enter the practice of psychology.

It is recommended that registered provisional psychologists take both examinations early in the registration process. Starting January 1, 2022, provisional psychologists will be required to attempt the LEAP within six (6) months of their provisional status being granted.

In addition to completing both the EPPP and LEAP Examination, successful completion of 1600 hours of supervised and evaluated practice is required to obtain registration as a registered psychologist.

Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP)

The EPPP is an examination that assesses foundational knowledge and is currently in use by the majority of psychological licensing jurisdictions across North America. It was developed and is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).

The EPPP is a multiple-choice computerized examination designed to assess the minimum knowledge required to safely enter the practice of psychology. The passing score is a scale score of 500 or higher. Applicants may apply to CAP to take the EPPP after they have been issued a practice permit as a Registered Provisional Psychologist. It is recommended that candidates take the EPPP early in the registration process. 

On November 1, 2020, ASPPB launched a two-part version of the EPPP, which will consist of two exams, (Part 1-Knowledge) and (Part 2-Skills). Part 2 will further enhance ASPPB’s mission of public protection by providing member boards with a tool to assess the applied skills of candidates who are applying for licensure as a psychologist. The addition of the (Part 2-Skills) portion is consistent with the current trend in regulatory environments that highlights competency rather than strictly academic credentials.

Applicants may contact the ASPPB for further information regarding the EPPP and how to register at www.asppb.net

Applications and Resources

EPPP Application Form

Download and submit this completed application form to registration@cap.ab.ca.

Fee Schedule

Learn more about CAP fees.

Information on the EPPP-1 and EPPP-2

Read the document to learn more. 

Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP) Examination

The LEAP is an examination that assesses a provisional psychologist’s knowledge of Alberta jurisprudence and ethical psychological practice. It was developed and is administered by CAP.

The LEAP Examination is a multiple-choice computerized examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions. Applicants may apply to CAP to take the LEAP after they have been issued a practice permit as a provisional psychologist. It is recommended that candidates take the LEAP Examination early in the registration process. Starting January 1, 2022, provisional psychologists will be required to attempt the LEAP within six (6) months of their provisional status being granted.

The LEAP Examination consists of two parts:

  1. a Self-Study Guide and
  2. an online examination

The Self-Study Guide is designed to support applicants in identifying, locating, and reviewing regulatory resources. The multiple-choice online examination questions are designed so applicants have the opportunity to apply jurisprudence and ethical concepts to carefully crafted mini scenarios.

The LEAP Examination is “open-book”, meaning that applicants can access and use paper, electronic, or online resources (e.g., laws, regulations, CAP’s practice standards) while writing the examination. The minimum pass score on the LEAP Examination is 80%. 

Registered provisional psychologists must pass the LEAP examination prior to following the Standards for Supervision Form B. You can access the LEAP examination through the MyCAP Login.

LEAP Resources

Download the following resources to help get started with the LEAP Examination.

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LEAP Self-Study

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LEAP Handbook

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LEAP FAQ

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