Most applicants have their applications reviewed and are moved to the examination phase within three months from date of receipt of application. This includes AIT, Mobility and those applicants from APA/CPA accredited programs who’ve also completed APA/CPA accredited internships.
For first-time registrants with applications not needing additional information or clarification, the average length of time from receipt of the application to placement on the Register was approximately 15 months.
Length of time is significantly impacted by any leave or extension on the part of the applicant, timeliness in studying for and taking examinations, success on examinations, and the accreditation status of the applicant’s graduate program. Applicants from APA and CPA programs typically experience a significantly shorter time through to registration. For applicants coming from accredited programs, who pass all exams in a timely fashion, the process can be completed in 12 months or less. Approximately a third of those registered in 2015 were able to do so within one year.
For applicants without accredited doctoral training and who have not completed an accredited internship: the process of determining whether an applicant’s knowledge, skills and abilities are substantially equivalent to the standards of academic or technical achievement and the competencies or other qualifications required of an applicant for registration as a registered psychologist under section 44(1) of the bylaws may add significant additional time to the processing and review of an application.
For AIT applicants: On average, the length of time to registration is within 6.5 months of application.
For Mobility applicants: On average, the length of time to registration is within 5 months from date of application.
Length of time for the AIT/Mobility application streams is often determined by when applicants move to BC as most decide to sit for the WJE exam in BC rather than have it proctored in their home Canadian jurisdiction.
The College continues to actively track these time periods and will report on timeframe for applications on an ongoing basis. Most significant time delays for any category of registration are due to identified deficiencies in the applicant’s training as well as deferrals, parental leaves and other applicant-generated delays.