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 provisional psychologists take both examinations early in the registration process. Provisional psychologists are 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 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. CAP has not yet established a definite timeframe for implementing the EPPP (Part 2-Skills). Provisional psychologists are encouraged to complete all requirements for full registration in a timely manner so that they will not need to write this additional exam.

Further details about the EPPP (Part 1-Knowledge and/or Part 2-Skills) is available below or can be obtained from the ASPPB website at www.asppb.net.

Apply for the EPPP

Login to the MyCAP Login and submit your EPPP Application. The EPPP Application is found in the "My Forms" section of the dashboard when you log in. Please note that your application will not be reviewed or considered complete until you have made the application payment. Please visit our fee schedule for details on fees associated with the EPPP.

  1. Applications are NOT accepted in the last six months of your five-year term as a provisional psychologist.
  2. You are encouraged to apply and take the EPPP early in the registration process.
  3. Within four weeks from the date CAP receives the application, you will receive an email from CAP confirming your eligibility to apply for the EPPP exam with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).
  4. The EPPP exam must be completed one month before your status as a provisional psychologist expires.
  5. Official scores are released to CAP once per week. Each applicant will receive a letter from CAP advising them of their score.
  6. The passing score for the EPPP is a scale score of 500/800 (70%).
  7. Those who do not pass the exam must begin the process again by submitting a new Administrative Application for the EPPP and fee to CAP. Please submit your administrative application after receiving your letter from CAP. Do not request a re-take through the ASPPB.
  8. Applicants may take the EPPP no more than four times in any 12-month period.
  9. Please read the EPPP Candidate Handbook on the ASPPB website.

Resources

Fee Schedule

Learn more about CAP fees.

Information on the EPPP-1 and EPPP-2

Learn more about the implementation of the EPPP-1 and EPPP-2.

Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP) Examination

The LEAP Examination is an entrance to practice requirement that assesses a psychologist’s knowledge of Alberta jurisprudence and ethical psychological practice. It was developed and is administered by CAP. The LEAP Examination consists of two parts, a self-study guide and an online examination. 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%. 

Provisional psychologists must pass the LEAP Examination and complete 1600 hours of supervised practice prior to transitioning to Standards for Supervision Form B.

Self-Study Guide
The Self-Study Guide is designed to support applicants in identifying, locating, and reviewing regulatory resources.  It can be found below in the LEAP Resources section.

The Examination  
The online examination contains 50 multiple choice questions designed so applicants have the opportunity to apply jurisprudence and ethical concepts to carefully crafted mini scenarios, and is accessed through the MyCAP Login

LEAP 2.0
The 2.0 version of the LEAP Examination was implemented in October 2021 as part of a CAP technology upgrade. Please see the LEAP Handbook and/or FAQs for additional information on this version of CAP’s jurisprudence and ethics examination. Members who have completed the “Oral Examination” or “LEAP 1.0” are not required to write the LEAP 2.0.

Registration/Payment
Candidates register and pay for the examination directly through their MyCAP Login. Please thoroughly review all resources (below) prior to registering, paying, and/or attempting the LEAP Examination.

Examination Access
Candidates can access (write) the examination at a time of their choosing (which may or may not be at the time of registration/payment). The LEAP Examination is accessed directly through the MyCAP Login. Candidates choosing to “pay now/write later” are cautioned that the LEAP Examination starts when the examination link is clicked - meaning that the timer has started. Candidates should not click the examination link until ready to write the examination.

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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