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Psychologist

Psychologists assess, diagnose, treat, guide, and support persons or groups of persons to enhance development, effective living and quality of life or to prevent, remedy or ameliorate mental, emotional, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal difficulties; and teach, supervise or consult in the practice of psychology.

Contact

College of Alberta Psychologists
2100, 10123 - 99 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5J 3H1
Phone number: 780-424-5070
Toll-free phone number (within Alberta): 1-800-659-0857
Fax number: 780-420-1241
Website: www.cap.ab.ca

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Psychologists Profession Regulation, registration with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves psychologists.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) a post graduate degree in psychology that meets the academic requirements established by the Council (2) at least 1,600 hours of approved work experience under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist, approved by the Council, and (3) an examination in psychological theory, research and practice approved by the Council. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the CAP website or contact the CAP.

Working in Alberta

Psychologists who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered psychologists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated psychologists, see Psychologist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

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