Providing temporary psychological services in BC

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The Temporary (visitor) Registration is specifically intended for individuals who are providing psychological services in BC on a time limited basis for a purpose meeting the criteria specified in the Bylaws, specified criteria or under special circumstances.  It is NOT intended for individuals who seek to practice in British Columbia in an ongoing way.  Such individuals must apply for full registration as a Registered Psychologist Registrant under the AIT or as a Mobility applicant.

Purpose: This class of registration was developed for individuals practicing in BC for the purpose of (A) acting as an expert witness, (B) conducting a psychological assessment, (C) participating in, or acting as an instructor for, a course, conference, or other time-limited educational event, (D) include: consultation services to individuals, groups or organizations; psychological therapy offered in person; assessment and/or intervention services offered via telepsychology and in accordance with Code of Conduct Standards 3.25 and 3.30.

 Eligibility: Individuals who hold current registration or licensure in another Canadian or United States jurisdiction which is equivalent to registration in BC as a registered psychologist registrant (and registration is not subject to any practice limitations, restrictions or conditions) are eligible to apply for temporary (visitor) registration.

Length of Term:  An eligible individual may hold Temporary (Visitor) Registration for a period of up to 15 consecutive days in a calendar year, renewable for one additional 15 consecutive day period in any calendar year or another length of time specified for a special circumstance.

Special Circumstance:  The Registration Committee approved the following policy to facilitate continuity of care for clients of psychologists in other Canadian or US jurisdictions, when the client is moving to or temporarily located in British Columbia:

If an applicant requests temporary (visitor) registration for the purpose of providing temporary non-‎emergency related services to an existing client who is moving to or temporarily located in British Columbia, on the basis that it ‎would be clinically ill-advised to stop providing services to the client or to transfer the client’s care to a ‎registrant of the College Psychologists of British Columbia, the applicant may be granted temporary (visitor) registration for a period longer than ‎‎15 consecutive days under section 49(3)(a) of the bylaws

  • on the condition that the applicant’s practice in British Columbia will be limited to providing ‎services to that existing client on a maximum of 30 non-consecutive days over a 12-month ‎period, and‎
  • provided that the applicant meets all other applicable conditions and requirements for ‎temporary (visitor) registration. ‎

The application fee covers application processing as well as registration for the two 15 day periods or 30 non-consecutive days in the case of the special circumstance outlined above

Applicant Processing Time: Applicants must apply at least 30 days prior to their anticipated start date in order to ensure sufficient time to process their application.

Permissable Titles: A temporary (visitor) registrant may only use the titles “visiting psychologist” and “registered visiting psychologist”, and must not use any abbreviations of those titles.

 The following items are required in order to process a request for temporary (visitor) registration.

The following items are required in order to process a request for temporary (visitor) registration.

  1. Please attached the most recent copy of your curriculum vitae
  2. Per bylaw 49(1)(b)(i), applicants must provide:…notarized evidence, or other evidence satisfactory to the registration committee, of the applicant’s registration or licensure referred to in paragraph (a) and that the applicant is the person named therein… Applicants can provide one of the following:
    1. Direct verification sent from the regulator to CPBC OR
    2. Publicly available evidence on the jurisdiction’s website that includes any current limits and conditions and whether or not the registration is current / active.

    For those choosing option 1, applicants should request that their regulatory body completes the Verification of Licensure and Registration Status form.

  3. All applicants must undergo a Criminal Record Review through the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP).  For many applicants, this can be completed online.  Please consult the instructions document which includes a link and College specific access code and review the walk-through guide. If you are unable to complete the online process, please follow this link to request a consent to a criminal record request form from the College.  You will need to complete the form and return it to the College along with copies of two acceptable forms of ID.    The Criminal Records Review Program no longer allows organizations to post this form publicly.  All applicants who are unable to use the online process must use this form as of October 5, 2019.  Any older versions of the form will be rejected by the CRRP. N.B. The College does not accept shared results of a criminal record check previously completely with the Criminal Records Review Program for another organization..
  4. Required fees are found in the Fee Schedule.