Registration

Registration and Supervision

Once an applicant has been officially notified by CAP that their academic credentials have been approved, they may apply for registration as a registered provisional psychologist (hereinafter referred to as "provisional psychologist.")

Applications for registration as a provisional psychologist are reviewed by the Registration Approvals Sub-Committee (RASC) at regularly scheduled meetings. Forms, resources and a calendar of deadlines and meeting dates can be found below in the Forms and Resources section. 

CAP’s new Member Management System (MMS)

CAP Staff are working to ensure a smooth transition to the new online MMS so response times may be slower than usual due to volume. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Please be advised that we are experiencing transition difficulties with respect to our new MMS. The application for registration as a registered provisional psychologist is currently unavailable. We are working on the issues. Once the error is corrected, RASC will conduct timely reviews of any and all applications received up to and including November 1, 2021 that were meant to be reviewed on the October 25, 2021 scheduled RASC meeting date. Applications received November 2, 2021 or later will proceed forward to the December 6, 2021 RASC meeting as scheduled. Please check back on our website regularly for real-time updates. We will post a notice once the provisional application form is available or if there will be any further delays in our transition period.

We thank you all for your patience as we navigate to our new MMS.

The website is routinely updated as changes to governing legislation or registration requirements are made. Please check the website prior to submitting an application, to ensure you have the most current information.

Applying to Become a Provisional Psychologist

Applicants are encouraged to read the following forms, documents and resources below before submitting an application as the documents describe the registration process and are valuable sources of information. The documents can be found in the Forms and Resources section. 

Step 1

Read the following documents before proceeding:

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
  • Download the Tip Sheet to assist you in tracking your progress through the registration process.
  • Process to Register as a Psychologist in Alberta.
  • Definitions: Branches of Psychology and Professional Activities and Foundational Knowledge and Core Competencies.
  • Standards for Supervision for Registered Provisional Psychologists (Form A and Form B)
  • Sample Supervision Plan.

Step 2

Complete and submit the following for a standard application:

  • Apply for Registration as a Provisional Psychologist online through the MyCAP Login to have your application reviewed at a meeting of the RASC. 
  • Complete and submit your Supervision Plan online through the MyCAP Login under Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice.

Are you about to start, or currently in a pre-doctoral internship in psychology?

Complete and submit the following if you are about to start, or are currently in a pre-doctoral internship in psychology.

  • Apply for Registration as a  Provisional Psychologist online through the MyCAP Login
  • Complete and submit your Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice online through the MyCAP Login. Upload the official, signed letter from the Director of Training (DOT), or primary supervisor, confirming your participation in the pre-doctoral internship including the start and end dates of the internship period. 
  • Upon completion of the pre-doctoral internship, submit an official signed letter from the Director of Training (DOT), or primary supervisor, confirming your successful completion of the pre-doctoral internship including the start and end dates of the internship period. You must upload this letter online in the Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice on the MyCAP Login.
  • Upon completion of the pre-doctoral internship, sumbit a Request for Credit (formerly known as Waiver Request) in the Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice online through the MyCAP Login. A Supervision Plan is not required.

Have you completed a pre-doctoral internship in psychology within the last five years?

Complete and submit the following if you have completed a pre-doctoral internship in psychology within the last five years. 

  • Apply for Registration as a Registered Provisional Psychologist online through the MyCAP Login
  • Complete and submit your Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice online through the MyCAP Login. Upload the official, signed letter from the Director of Training (DOT), or primary supervisor, confirming your successful completion of the pre-doctoral internship including the start and end dates of the internship period
  • Complete the Request for Credit (formerly known as Waiver Request) online through the MyCAP Login under Hours of Supervised (Evaluated) Practice.

Step 3

Complete the following registration requirements:

  • 1600 hours of supervised and evaluated practice.
  • The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) - Part 1 Knowledge.
  • The jurisprudence and ethics examination (Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP)).
  • Minimum one-time completion of mandatory training on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct available on the CAP website.
  • Continuing Competence Program (when applicable).
  • Annual renewal of practice permit.

Note the following points: 

  • The EPPP and LEAP Examination can be taken at any time once an applicant becomes a provisional psychologist. However, the provisional psychologist is encouraged to apply to take the EPPP and 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.
  • Provisional psychologists remain on standards for supervision Form A until they have completed both 1600 hours of supervised and evaluated practice AND the LEAP Examination AND have received formal notification from CAP that they may transition to standards for supervision Form B.

Making Changes to your Supervision Plan?

All changes which occur after an applicant’s initial application and Supervision Plan have been approved must be amended online through the MyCAP Login. The exact nature of the changes will determine whether a review is required by the RASC at one of their scheduled meetings. Please note that the deadline dates listed on the CAP website apply to Supervision Plan changes as well.

These revisions may include:

  • Changing or adding a supervisor
  • Changing your Supervision Plan

Step 4

Complete the Final Registration Requirements:

Now that you are a provisional psychologist, you have five years from the date your provisional application was approved by the RASC to complete all registration requirements (i.e., passing the EPPP and the LEAP Examination, and completion of 1600 hours of supervised, evaluated practice), the provisional psychologist is required to submit the following documents as part of the final registration review conducted by the RASC.  

  • Professional Reference List of three referees (of which at least one must be a registered psychologist)  
  • Final Registration Declaration. Download this form below and submit the completed form to the CAP office. This form is not currently available in the MyCAP Login.

Upon review and approval, the provisional psychologist will be notified of the practice permit fees owing as a registered psychologist for the balance of the current fiscal year. Once the payment is received, the name of the provisional psychologist will be added to the general register as a registered psychologist, and an updated registration number and practice permit will be issued.


Re-application process 

Expiry of 5-year provisional term
Provisional psychologists whose 5-year term is close to expiration and have not completed all registration requirements, but wish to continue in the registration process, must reapply and have their reapplication reviewed by the RASC. This reapplication is currently not available in the MyCAP Login. If you are reapplying for provisonal status, please contact the Registration Department.

Non-regulated/Inactive status
Former provisional members whose registration status became non-regulated/inactive and who wish to pursue registration again, must reapply. The duration of time they were non-regulated/inactive will determine if the individual may need to apply to have their academic credentials re-evaluated as well. 

Forms and Resources

The following section contains resources and declaration forms required for registration as a provisional psychologist. Click on the links listed below to access the relevant form and related resources. 

Please note that this information is currently being updated to remove reference to paper applications. We thank you for your patience as we transition to our new MMS.

Tip Sheet

A Tip Sheet is available to assist applicants in tracking their progress through the registration process. 

Process to Register as a Psychologist

The manual is a resource to assist applicants in applying for registration in Alberta. 

Sample Supervision Plan

The sample Supervision Plan is a resource to assist applicants in filling out their supervision plan.

Sample Request for Credit

A sample Request for Credit is a resource to assist applicants in filling out their request for credit.

Supervision Log

A log is provided to assist in maintaining a record of all supervision meetings.

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Definitions: Foundational Knowledge and Core Competencies

This document is critical in understanding psychological competencies and foundational areas of knowledge.

Definitions: Branches of Psychology and Professional Activities

This document provides definitions and details to assist in Supervision Plan preparation.

Standards for Supervision Form A

These are the fundamental standards governing provisional psychologists.

Standards for Supervison Form B

These are the fundamental standards governing provisional psychologists after they have met certain registration requirements.

Final Registration Declaration

Applicants must submit the declaration after completion of 1600 hours of supervised evaluated practice, the EPPP and the LEAP Examination.

Registration Verification Part II

Part II must be completed by the relevant regulatory body and forwarded directly to CAP.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

View the upcoming RASC meeting dates.

Fee Schedule

Learn more about CAP fees.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Read our FAQs to learn about the requirements to register as a provisional psychologist.

Supervisor's Resources and Forms

The following section provides Supervisor’s with resources and the forms required to evaluate the provisional psychologist's supervised practice.

Supervison Manual

The manual provides assistance to supervisors and provisional psychologists.

 

Supervisor’s Evaluation: Mid-Term Report (Form A)

The evaluation is required at the mid-term point of completing 1600 hours.

Download

Supervisor’s Final Evaluation (Form A)

Complete this form when hours are terminated or completed. 

Download

Supervisor’s Ongoing Evaluation (Form B)

Complete this form every six months until full registration is obtained. 

Download

Supervisor's Self-Assessment Tool

This worksheet provides assistance to a psychologist to determine if they are ready to supervise provisional psychologists.

Do you want to become a Supervisor?

Defining Supervision


Supervision is a formal, collaborative, professional activity provided by a CAP regulated member who has a minimum of five years of experience as a registered psychologist in Alberta. Its goal is to ensure that supervised psychological services meet the CAP’s Standards of Practice and Standards for Supervision. 

The supervisory relationship is also intended to both develop and evaluate the registered provisional psychologist’s knowledge, skills, and judgement through instruction, modeling, problem solving and ongoing monitoring. Effective supervision is one important mechanism for ensuring that psychological services are delivered ethically, effectively, and safely.

There are many models for supervision in the literature. While CAP does not espouse any particular model, we do feel that some knowledge of supervisory models and grounding in a supervision model is important. 

Goals of Supervision

Public Protection and Confidence

  • Prioritize the client and the protection of the public in provision of psychological services 
  • Protect the integrity of the psychology profession regulated under the Health Professions Act (supervision is a gatekeeping role)

Well-Being of the Client

  • Ensure that recipients of psychological services are provided with care that meets or exceeds standards of the profession
  • Establish a clear and accurate conceptualization of clients’ requests and of the factors giving rise to their difficulties

Professional Development

  • Contribute to the training and professional development of provisional psychologists
  • Instill an attitude of lifelong learning in the provisional psychologist

Evaluation

  • Evaluate provisional psychologists' skills in assessment, intervention, consultation, professionalism, and ability to apply ethical principles to their work
  • Manage the evaluative and educative responsibilities along with the power differntial that arises in supervisory relationships

Clinical Supervision Competencies

Supervisors are expected to pursue formal training and/or education (along with supervision) in clinical supervision practices. Skillful and thoughtful application of supervision theories and models is essential and contributes to building effective working alliances. Like other areas, ongoing professional development is essential to maintaining clinical supervision competencies. The Canadian Psychological Association identifies supervision skills as:

  • maintaining a working alliance
  • observing, evaluating, and gatekeeping
  • instructing
  • modelling
  • mentoring, and 
  • mutual problem-solving

Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Considerations in Supervision 

The supervision relationship is to be established within the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists as well as the CAPs’ Standards of Practice and Standards for Supervision, regulation, policy, and best practices. As emphasized by the Canadian Psychological Association, in Ethical Guidelines for Supervision in Psychology: Teaching, Research, Practice and Administration, the process of supervision creates an important power differential that requires awareness and skill to be successfully managed.  All four principles (Respect for the Dignity of Persons and Peoples, Responsible Caring, Integrity in Relationships, and Responsibility to Society) apply to the supervisory relationship.

CAP does not have a list of approved supervisors. A registered psychologist may consider providing supervision once they have been approached by a provisional applicant or an existing provisional psychologist, to provide supervision.

Qualifying supervisors must satisify the criteria listed in point one of CAP's Standards for Supervision.

The following resources provide an overview of the documentation that a supervisor must be familiar with before entering a supervisory relationshiop with a provisional psychologist. 

  • Standards of Practice 
  • Standards for Supervision (Form A and Form B)
  • Supervisor’s Self Assessment Tool
  • Supervision Manual
  • Supervisor’s Declaration
  • Sample Supervision Plan
  • Supervision Plan
  • Mid-term Evaluation Report
  • Final Evaluation Report
  • Six-month ongoing evaluation

Supervision Consultants

Supervision consultants are available to advise provisional psychologists and supervisors with ethical and practice issues. They also assist in the resolution of conflicts between registered provisional psychologists and supervisors. This valuable resource enhances and supports the supervision process.

Calgary and Southern Alberta

Jon Amundson
Email: aapsych@telus.net
Phone: 403.289.2511 

Jeff Chang
Email: drjeffchang@shaw.ca
Phone: 403.282.8288

Edmonton and Northern Alberta

Stephen Carter
Email: carter@glenora.net
Phone: 780.424.0123

Jim Eliuk
Email: jeliuk@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780.910.1625


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