REGISTRANT FAQs

These FAQs are intended to be useful in understanding the College’s mandate, policies, and procedures. Readers are advised that policies and procedures change. The College endeavours to update its FAQs and the website as efficiently as possible. The application of some procedures may depend upon the circumstances of a matter and therefore, may not occur the same way in every instance. The FAQs are for information purposes only and may not be relied upon as legal advice. To the extent that there are any inconsistencies between these FAQs and the provisions of the Health Professions Act or Part 4 of the College’s bylaws, the provisions of the Act and bylaws take precedence.

GENERAL REGISTRANT FAQS

The certificate informs the public that you are a member of the regulated profession of psychology in BC, and that your registration is current. It is a requirement of the College under Bylaw 53(8) that the annual certificate by prominently displayed in offices where you routinely practice psychology. From a public protection standpoint this certificate assures clients that they are receiving services from someone who is a member of a fully regulated profession with a rigorous credentialing procedure used to determine eligibility for registration, and that provides recourse through a complaints process.

Retired registrants can remain on the Register in the non-practicing class “retired”. Retired registrants are required to maintain professional liability insurance.   Non-practising registrants are not permitted to engage in any form of psychology practice in British Columbia. The practice of psychology is defined by the Psychologists Regulation, which can be found on our website. Psychology practice includes but is not limited to clinical practice. It also encompasses academic endeavours such as teaching and research, supervision, as well as consultation. Some registrants have mistakenly believed that activities such as psychology teaching or psychological consulting to organizations fall outside the scope of practice, but have realized their error upon a more careful review of the Psychologists Regulation.

Registrants in the non-practicing “retired” class can reconsider active practice within six months after initial placement in the class without any additional documentation.  Reinstatement beyond 6 months may require additional information and is determined on a case by case basis.  Please see our Application for Reinstatement form for additional information.

Some retired practitioners decide to resign from the College. Once a registrant resigns, individuals are no longer registrants of the College and are no longer entitled to use the title of “psychologist” unless otherwise allowed for in the Psychologists Regulation.

The College governs registrants’ psychological activities and registrants’ actions which reflect negatively on the profession as a whole. With respect to professional activities, the College does not govern non-psychological activities. For example, a registrant may also operate a separate business. The College does not govern that registrant’s business activities as long as they do not involve psychological activities. With respect to conduct unbecoming of a psychologist, the College regulates such actions whether or not the registrant is conducting psychological activities. For example, a registrant who commits an act of violence against another person outside of his or her psychological practice will likely be disciplined by the College.
Please see Bylaw Schedule B for the “Non-Practicing Registration” application form.  This form is also available in the Forms and Documents section under Registrant Forms. This form is appropriate for anyone moving into or out of the non-practicing class. If you are planning to resume active practice, allow 30 days for the College to process your request.
The College has jurisdiction over registrants regardless of where they practice.
The College of Psychologists of BC does not maintain information on job openings. Those interested are encouraged to check other websites for information on job openings such as the Canadian Psychological Association and the British Columbia health authorities.
Keep up to date with materials circulated to registrants and participate in the consultative process. Proposed amendments to the Health Professions Act were posted on the website when the Health Professions Amendment Act was enacted in 2003, as were various submissions made by the College on behalf of the profession in response. The Psychologists Regulation is being reviewed as the government works its way through the implementation of the recommendations of the Health Professions Council. Registrants will be kept informed and have an opportunity to comment on proposed changes.
Registrants have submitted questions regarding the Code of Conduct standards, resulting in wording corrections and clarifications to the Code. New areas not covered in the Code of Conduct are primarily addressed through the development of Practice Advisories, by which registrants are expected to be guided in their practice. A number of Practice Advisories have resulted from submissions to the College by registrants with constructive suggestions for change and elaboration. This process is encouraged. Registrants are provided with an opportunity to offer feedback on draft versions of the Code of Conduct prior to implementation of any revisions, and have also been offered ongoing opportunities to provide feedback on the Draft Practice Advisories. Registrants are encouraged to check the College website regularly for updates and announcements, and to participate when asked for feedback and input.
Registrants have a voice in the operation of the College through participation in information meetings and the AGM, by serving on committees, by providing comments on documents such as the Draft Practice Advisories, through offering feedback on the Quality Assurance Continuing Competency Program, and by writing letters providing constructive feedback or comments.
If you have a general concern and are not under investigation, review the Health Professions Act and the Bylaws, and then direct any questions to the College for a response. If you are still dissatisfied, bring your concerns to the Ombudsperson. If you are currently under investigation by a College committee, then write a letter to the College outlining your concerns. You may also wish to consult with legal counsel.
There are multiple reasons. First, the list serve is sponsored by the BCPA, which is an entirely separate organization from the College and has a different mandate from the College. Second, the College communicates with registrants on a regular basis through several means: direct written correspondence on any matter before the College, publications distributed to all registrants such as The Chronicle and the Annual Report, information letters to registrants from the Board and committees, and the College website.
The College directory is created for the use of registrants and insurance companies and only includes information designated by the registrant as available to the public. The College does not sell the directory to the public. You may request that your contact information not be put into the directory. Information on the College Register is available, by law, to the public as described in sections 22 and 22(1) of the Health Professions Act.
If you elect to remain registered with the College in the Non-practising class, you are not able to provide any psychological services in British Columbia.

  • If you are in the Non-practising class of registration and still have possession of records, you may provide a copy of a client record in response to an appropriately authorized request, but you may not prepare any new work such as, for example, providing a treatment summary.
  • If you are in the Non-practising class of registration and receive a request from a former client for further psychological services, you may refer them to alternative services but must not provide services yourself.
  • If you are in the Non-practising class of registration and receive a request or subpoena to testify in a court or other tribunal regarding an opinion you provided while you still held practising registration, you may attend before the court or tribunal for examination on the opinion that you previously provided, but you must expressly inform the court and all parties of your non-practising status and the fact that you are no longer authorized to practise as a psychologist, and, apart from responding to questions under examination, you must not accept an engagement to offer any new opinions that would constitute the practice of psychology.

If you resign and cancel your registration with the College, you must ensure that you’ve transferred your records to another registrant as per the requirements of the Code of Conduct Standard 14.7. If you receive a request for file information, you may direct the request to that registrant. As a former registrant you may no longer use the title “psychologist” and must ensure that any individual making a professional request understands that you are no longer registered with the College.

Registered Psychologist registrants who are currently registered at the master’s level and wish their registration status to reflect a recently-acquired doctorate degree must make a written request to have the doctorate reviewed by the Registration Committee. The request must include an original transcript sent directly to the College by the degree-granting institution. The doctorate degree will be reviewed according to current registration criteria in bylaw Schedule H.
If the program is not accredited by CPA or APA, the request must include a detailed review of how the program meets each of the criteria set out in Schedule H.  Please be advised that all requests, including those from CPA / APA accredited program graduates, must include details as to how the program meets the resident study and training criteria (Section I.C.12(a) – (c)).  https://collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/March-21-2017-draft-amendments-to-Schedule-H-1.pdf
Please be advised, registrants must not publicly present their doctoral credential or use the title “Dr” unless and until they receive notification that their doctoral degree has been approved by the College.  See Code of Conduct Standard 9.7 (b):
The registrant must place immediately before the professional title only the highest academic degree upon which the registrant’s registration with the College is based. Where the registrant has been registered as a Psychologist on the basis of a doctoral degree, the prefix Doctor or its abbreviation Dr. may be used, but not both the degree and prefix.

BUSINESS NAME/INCORPORATION FAQS

Part 4 of the Health Professions Act does not apply to psychologists. This means that the College does not regulate psychology corporations. However, the College does specify requirements for naming psychology companies when the company name contains a title restricted under the Psychologists Regulation. To receive the College’s consent to use a reserved title in a business name, please complete the form here.

 

CONTINUING COMPETENCY PROGRAM FAQS

The Continuing Competency Program developed by the Quality Assurance Committee is a legal requirement for all registrants, as per the Health Professions Act. The intent of the program is to ensure that registrants continue to enhance and maintain their competence, an objective consistent with the College’s public protection mandate. The Quality Assurance Committee is of the view that all registrants benefit from upgrading their knowledge, and from interacting with and receiving feedback from their colleagues.
The Quality Assurance Committee decided on a program based on maximizing the ‘locus of control’ with the registrant. Registrants decide which programs to complete, with the simple stipulation that in order for an activity to qualify for Continuing Competency program hours, the registrant must be able to articulate what he or she learned from the activity that is relevant to their practice of psychology.
The annual review is the mechanism chosen by the Quality Assurance Committee to satisfy the College’s legal requirement to monitor adherence by registrants to the Continuing Competency Program.
Consistent with the Bylaws, the Quality Assurance Committee conducts an annual random audit of registrant compliance with the Continuing Competency Program. All eligible registrants are included each year in the selection pool for the random audit of 5-10% of the pool. Thus, it is possible for registrants to be selected in consecutive years. Cooperation with the audit is mandatory. Registrants are not to be selected more than 2 times within a 4-year period. Individuals meeting that threshold are therefore removed from the pool from which the 5-10% of registrants are drawn. 
The Continuing Competency Program requirements specify a minimum of 35 hours of continuing competency activities in three categories. A minimum of 5 of these hours must be in the area of ethics. Registrants are also required to complete a minimum of 5 hours in the area of Indigenous Cultural Safety. In addition to the 35 hours of self-directed continuing competency activities, registrants are also required to complete a self-care/self-monitoring assessment (no documentation required) as well as an Annual Practice Review and Practice Quiz (to be completed online through the registrant portal). A full description of the program requirements may be found here.

Registrants are required to: (1) document the hours spent in required activities; (2) sign an attestation at registration renewal that they have met the requirements of the Continuing Competency Program; and (3) keep the documentation for a minimum of two years in case the registrant is asked to submit the documentation to the College. Registrants are encouraged to document their continuing competency activities throughout the year (e.g. workshops attended, hours spent in different activities, etc.) on the log sheet provided by the College and available for download on this website.

Under the Health Professions Act, the Quality Assurance Committee is required to develop and administer a Continuing Competency Program. Documentation is required to ensure that all registrants are aware of the requirements of the program and so that the College can be accountable in its administration of the program.
Feel free to use the log sheet provided by the College as a template and develop your own table to summarize your completion of activities in the various continuing competency categories.

If you are asked to submit your log sheet for audit purposes, provide sufficient appropriate detail regarding your activities to permit the Quality Assurance Committee to evaluate whether the activities documented meet the requirements in each category and for activities you intend to carry forward in Category A (a sample completed log sheet is available on the website). Activities exceeding requirements can be documented in a more general way (e.g. Category B. Self-study – Journal – Canadian Psychology, 10+ hours).

The general principle that should guide registrants in selecting continuing competency activities is: “Can I articulate that I have acquired new knowledge relevant to improving my practice of psychology?” Program requirements are outlined on the website and all changes are distributed for comment and feedback to registrants prior to implementation.
No. The Quality Assurance Committee believes that such a list would be too restrictive. The Committee has developed a description of the modal activities in Categories A, B, and C (Category D and F activities are drawn from the first three). Registrants are encouraged to check with BCPA and other professional organizations to find workshops, conferences, etc., relevant to their area of practice.

Note that any College-sponsored or recommended workshop can be claimed for Category A. Many of our past workshops and presentations have been recorded and can be accessed free of charge through the registrant portal.

The hours required explicitly on ethics and Indigenous Cultural Safety can be obtained via direct participatory formal programs, self-study, and/or structured interactive activities. A registrant could meet these requirements, for example, entirely through self-study, or by combining hours from a number of different activities. The hours of ethics and Indigenous Cultural Safety may be included in the hours logged in any of the other categories, and do not represent a requirement beyond the 35 total hours of continuing competency activities.
As per the Code of Conduct, registrants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with all information that the College disseminates. Registrants can claim credit for keeping current via self-study activities, and by entering the College publications and information read in Category B (Self Study) of their log sheet. Depending on the content, such readings could also be claimed in Category D (Ethics).
The intent of Category C: Structured Interactive Activities is for registrants to interact with licensed/regulated colleagues on a regular basis in order to consolidate new learning and receive feedback regarding one’s practice. The minimum acceptable number in a group is two.
The Quality Assurance Committee is of the opinion that registrants who live in more isolated locations will benefit from availing themselves of opportunities to interact with other psychologists and health professionals. The contact need not be in person. For example, virtual contact by telephone or teleconference that meets the objectives of this category may qualify as a Category C activity. Only 12 of the 35 hours per year must involve interactive contact with others. Registrants may include activities with various other licensed/regulated mental health professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers) or licensed/health professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists) as long as the interactions are practice enhancing.
Colleagues do not have to be registrants of this College. They can be colleagues from other regulated health professions (e.g. social work, psychiatry or other areas of medicine, etc.). For registrants who have primarily academic involvements, continuing competency compliance criteria are reviewed on a case by case basis. Registrants should ensure they include sufficient information regarding the composition and activities of their group to enable the Quality Assurance Committee to evaluate their logged activities. For example, at a minimum a log sheet might include the date and duration of meetings, the topic(s), discussed, the number of participants, and the professions of the participants.
Structured Interactive Activities are understood by the Quality Assurance Committee to include activities in which you have interacted with colleagues (e.g. peer supervision, study groups, in-services provided by your employer, etc.). The key criteria as to whether an activity “counts” are whether the registrant learned something new and practice enhancing, and whether he or she can document this to the Quality Assurance Committee’s satisfaction. Typically, provision of workshops would be expected to demonstrate expertise in an area, rather than indicate new learning. Therefore, delivering a workshop or presentation does not qualify for any category of the Continuing Competency Program. However, studies undertaken in preparation for delivering a workshop or presentation may be included under Category B (Self Study) if the registrant learned something new and practice enhancing.
Registrants can receive Continuing Competency Program credit for teaching, supervision, and consultation preparation work by documenting the materials reviewed in the initial preparation for the topic under Category B (Self Study) if these activities meet the criteria of providing new and practice enhancing knowledge. The Code of Conduct requires that registrants only provide supervision in areas of competence. The Committee is therefore of the view that supervision of, and consultation to, others who are in a position of learning from the registrant (i.e. students, those with limitations on their registration, other clinicians who are receiving supervision or consultation in order to increase their skills) will not easily meet the Continuing Competency Program requirements.
You are permitted to bank up to 12 hours from Category A only if you have exceeded the number of hours required in this category for the year. Any hours banked are available for use in the following year only. For example, if you complete 18 Category A hours this year, you may bank up to 6 hours for use in meeting your Category A requirements for next year only. As another example, if you have 4 hours banked from last year for use this year, and you completed an additional 15 hours this year, then 8 hours of this year’s hours are required in combination with the 4 banked hours to meet this year’s 12-hour requirement in Category A. The 7 hours remaining from the current year may be banked for use in meeting next year’s Category A requirements. As a final example, if you complete 30 hours in Category A this year, then you may bank up to 12 hours for use next year after using 12 hours to meet this year’s requirements, and the extra 6 hours cannot be banked.
None, as your 12 banked hours fulfill this year’s requirement for Category A hours. Any additional Category A hours you complete this year may be banked for use toward next year’s Category A requirements, up to a maximum of 12 hours.
No. Only Category A hours accumulated in excess of those required for the current year are available for banking, and they may only be applied to the next year’s Category A requirements. Excess hours from other categories may not be banked.
The intent of this requirement is for registrants to ensure that they are taking time to fulfill their requirements under the Code of Conduct to review factors that may contribute to their stress load or in some other way affect their ability to perform professionally, to assess the impact of these factors on their competence and ability to meet professional obligations, and to engage in self-care sufficient to mitigate the negative impact of any factors identified or take steps to reduce or withdraw from professional activities as appropriate.
Participation in College or other workshops on Indigenous issues, taking the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training, reviewing the Truth and Reconciliation Report and Turpel-Lafond’s In Plain Sight reports, reviewing the College’s Indigenous Cultural Safety checklist with specific consideration of one’s practice, Independent reading, and consultation with peers regarding relevant clinical issues are all examples of ways to meet this requirement.  
The purpose of these additions is for registrants to reflect on their own known risks to competence as well as known protective and supportive factors that have been identified in the emerging scientific literature, and for registrants to think through topics such as changes to legislation that affect practice, emerging areas of clinical practice, and other aspects of practice that have resulted either in complaints to the College or contact with Practice Support. The questionnaire and quiz are intended to be educational for registrants and will also inform the development of additional College practice support resources and help identify continuing professional development needs of psychologists.
The quiz focusses on topics such as changes to legislation that affect practice, emerging areas of clinical practice, and other aspect of practice that have resulted either in complaints to the College or contact with Practice Support. 
Yes. Data will be de-identified and will only be analyzed and reported on in the aggregate. Attestation that the questionnaire and quiz have been completed will be required at renewal. The College will track, by registration number, which psychologists have completed the questionnaire and quiz requirement so that compliance may be verified should a registrant be selected for the Continuing Competency Program audit. Only whether someone has completed the annual questionnaire and quiz will be checked if a registrant is audited, not their individual questionnaire or quiz responses.
No. Quiz data is collected in order to inform the College about our registrant base as a whole, not individuals. We do expect that registrants will individually benefit from getting feedback on what the correct response is and why, and that they will follow up with self-study where the results suggest this would be beneficial.

COMPLAINT FAQs

No. The College is required by the Health Professions Act (the “Act”) to keep both the registrant and the complainant apprised when the statutory timelines for completing an investigation have been exceeded. Initially, the College has 120 days to complete its investigation, but the Act permits the College up to 254 days to complete its investigation so long as the College provides proper notices to both the registrant and the complainant. The Act, which sets out applicable timelines for investigations in Section 50.55, is available on this website.

The Review Board is an administrative tribunal created under the Health Professions Act to provide an independent review of certain decisions made by colleges of self-governing health professions, including those made by this College. If you are not already represented by a lawyer, you may wish to retain one for this review process. The College’s role in a review is limited to addressing the decision made on the record by the Inquiry Committee and any issues of procedural unfairness. The College’s role is not to represent the registrant’s interests.

In deciding whether to retain a lawyer, you may wish to consider the following points. First, the review process can be complicated. Second, the review process can raise privacy concerns. Third, the review process may generate potentially serious consequences for you. These consequences may include the Review Board setting aside the disposition of the Inquiry Committee with a new disposition.

As a registrant, your insurance may cover retaining legal counsel. You will need to contact your insurer to confirm coverage. Finally, if you decide to hire a lawyer, you may benefit from hiring a lawyer earlier in the process, rather than later.

Some registrants will have an agreement or letter of undertaking which specifies whether or not they are required to indicate this status in their professional signature and advertisements. Other registrants are limited by registration class (e.g. non-practicing) in which case the title to be used is explicitly specified in the Bylaws. If you have any uncertainty as to how to represent your status with the College, we would be please to speak with you about this.

 

PRACTICE SUPPORT FAQs

The Practice Support Service is a resource to assist registrants in considering how best to handle ethical dilemmas and unfamiliar practice situations, and to enhance clinical practice, consistent with the College’s public protection mandate.
The Practice Support Service is available to College registrants.
Every effort is made to respond to inquiries in a timely fashion. Registrants should be aware that the service is not an “on demand” or emergency service. Generally, registrants may typically expect a response within four working days. At present, the service is usually available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Practice support is provided by a senior psychologist on staff at the College who is familiar with both general practice issues and the legislation governing the practice of psychology in British Columbia. This psychologist has no involvement with the College’s inquiry or discipline processes to ensure the separation of practice support from the College’s legal obligations to investigate complaints and fitness and competency to practice issues.
Registrants may access the Service by sending their inquiry through regular post or via facsimile, by telephoning the College and selecting option 4 when prompted by the autoattendant, or by sending an email to practicesupport@collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca.
The Practice Support Service is intended only to assist registrants with practice issues and ethical dilemmas. Individuals with other types of inquiries will be redirected to the appropriate department for assistance.

 

ADDRESS FAQS

The Health Professions Act presumes that registered mail has been received seven days from the date it was sent by the College. Registrants should ensure that the address selected as the Register address is an address where they regularly receive mail, and that it is reliable and secure.
Address changes are submitted through the registrant portal via the College website. Please log onto the portal to notify the College of any changes to your Register, Directory, and/or Practice Record Address and/or other contact information. Once you log in with your username and password (the same username and password you used for online renewal), this feature can be accessed by selecting the “Change Address Information” option on the menu. Your user name is your registration number. If you do not remember your password, click on the link forgot password and it will be emailed to the email address you have provided to the College.

 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK FAQS

Criminal Records Checks are run by the Criminal Records Review Program of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. This is not a College-initiated requirement.

Under the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA), the College is required to ensure that each registrant completes a criminal records review conducted by the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP). The requirement is that registrants have a criminal record review every five years. Registrants should review the CRRA to ensure that they are aware of how the  CRRA that applies to  their practice. Information about this requirement can be found at the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Services website.

Yes. All registrants, irrespective of status or whether they are practicing or non-practicing are required by law to complete this requirement.

No. The College is required to have the Criminal Record Check run for this particular purpose and must retain original consent forms on file. The College is not permitted to accept a “shared” Criminal Record Check.

No. This is a legislated requirement for all registrants of the College irrespective of any other background checks that they may be subject to for other reasons. This is statutory requirement and cannot be covered off with other types of security and background clearances.

No. This is a legislated requirement for all registrants of the College irrespective of any other background checks that they may be subject to for other reasons. This is a statutory requirement and cannot be covered off with other types of security and background clearances.

The College is required to retain original consent forms for this purpose. Accordingly, any fax or photocopy must be followed up with an original consent form.

The Consent to a Criminal Record Check form is available in the registrant portal.  The College is no longer permitted to publicly post this form.

Yes. The Criminal Records Review Program requires the full legal name and any previous/alternate names of all individuals who are undergoing a Criminal Record Check.

The fee is $28.00 per person.  Note that as this is not a College initiated requirement, the CRRP may elect to change this fee.  Registrants should consult the CRRP directly to verify.

Once your consent form is submitted online (or by College staff if using a paper form), the CRRP will email you instructions and an online link for credit card payment.

 

LIABILITY INSURANCE FAQS

Section 61 of the College bylaws specifies that “All registrants must maintain or be included in coverage under professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.”
Section 61 of the College bylaws specifies that “All registrants must maintain or be included in coverage under professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.” An individual registrant’s particular circumstances may warrant a higher insurance coverage amount and/or additional types of insurance. Registrants are responsible for having, at a minimum, the professional liability insurance required under the bylaws, and for determining any other specific insurance requirements necessitated by their circumstances.
All registrants who are on the Register, regardless of status, are required as per the College bylaws to “maintain or be included in coverage under professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.” This requirement extends to those registrants who are on the Register in ANY class of registration. Check with your insurance carrier for any specific options related to the Retired category.
All Registrants are required to carry sufficient liability insurance. The requirement is based on registrant status with the College, not on activity or job description of the registrant. Retired registrants should investigate “tail insurance” to cover their previous clinical work.
If you do any work outside the setting covered by your employment then you need additional coverage to cover work in the other setting(s) or private practice.

 

Telepsychology FAQS

Regardless of the modality of service provision to a client, any non-in-person contact with a client is considered to be a telepsychology service, and all relevant CPBC Code of Conduct requirements for telepsychology services apply, including the requirement to determine, and be in compliance with, any registration or licensure requirements and any ethical and legal requirements in the jurisdiction in which the client is physically located. This is specified in Code Standards 3.30 and 3.31 specifically for telepsychology and more generally addressed in Standards 3.8 and 18.1. The psychology regulatory body in the jurisdiction where the client is located is the body with the authority to provide you with information regarding any requirements for providing services to clients in that jurisdiction.
Regardless of the modality of service provision to a client, any non-in-person contact is considered to be a telepsychology service, and all relevant CPBC Code of Conduct requirements for telepsychology services apply, including the requirement to determine, and be in compliance with, any registration or licensure requirements and any ethical and legal requirements in the jurisdiction in which you will be physically located. This is specified in Code Standard 3.31 specifically for telepsychology and more generally addressed in Standards 3.8 and 18.1. The psychology regulatory body in the jurisdiction in which you will be physically located is the body with the authority to provide you with information regarding any requirements they may have for providing services to BC clients from that jurisdiction.
The psychology regulatory body in your previous jurisdiction is the body with the authority to provide you with information regarding any requirements for providing services to clients in that jurisdiction while you are located in BC. You are also reminded of your obligation to be in compliance with all relevant CPBC Code of Conduct requirements for telepsychology services.
The Code of Conduct specifies registrant responsibility for knowledgeable, competent, and legally compliant use of telepsychology modalities. Registrants are responsible for taking steps to ensure they are knowledgeable and competent regarding the telepsychology platform(s) they use, are able to provide all appropriate information to clients as part of obtaining informed consent, and are in compliance with any laws relevant to their specific practice.
In the absence of a regulatory body, which may preclude requirements for registration/licensure and related to a jurisdiction-specific ethical code of conduct, there may still be legal requirements in the jurisdiction and as per CPBC Code Standards 3.8, 3.30, and 18.1, it is the registrant’s responsibility to determine these, if any, and to maintain compliance with them.
The Code of Conduct does not prevent a registrant from providing services to a client in another jurisdiction. The College regulates psychological services provided in BC. Other regulatory bodies have legal authority to regulate psychology services in their respective jurisdictions. Code Standards 3.8, 3.30, 3.31, and 18.1 require registrants to know what the legal requirements are in the other jurisdiction and to be in compliance with them.
Regardless of the modality through which you are providing services to a client, any non-in-person contact is considered to be a telepsychology service, and all requirements for telepsychology services apply, including the requirement to determine, and be in compliance with, any registration or licensure requirements and any ethical and legal requirements in the jurisdiction in which the client is physically located, as specified in Code of Conduct Standards 3.30 and 3.31 specifically for telepsychology and more generally addressed in Standards 3.8 and 18.1. The psychology regulatory body in the jurisdiction the client is in is the body with the authority to provide you with information regarding any requirements for providing services to clients in that jurisdiction.

 

Licensed School Psychologist FAQs

The College has received several queries regarding the interpretation of the criterion specified in F.2(a) of Part II of Schedule H, contemplating that a primary supervisor for a school psychology internship should have been registered or licensed as a registered psychologist registrant or a school psychologist registrant, or the equivalent, for a minimum of two years.

Note that the criteria in Schedule H are framed as providing guidance for the Registration Committee’s assessment of a school psychology internship, as opposed to rigid requirements (see second paragraph of the preamble on the first page of Schedule H). The Registration Committee has some flexibility in interpreting and applying the two-year minimum registration criterion for primary supervisors for a school psychology internship, particularly during this transitional period when school psychologists haven’t yet been regulated in BC for two years.

For the purpose of considering whether a supervisor meets the criterion in F.2(a), their membership in good standing in BCASP prior to May 1, 2024 will be considered equivalent to registration as a school psychologist registrant.

Registrants providing supervisory services are expected to meet all Code of Conduct requirements related to supervision, including only supervising those activities and areas of competence in which they have gained proficiency through education, training, and experience, and only to those specific areas of practice, settings, or populations conferred by their class of registration or by undertaking or agreement.

There is no specific requirement on a registrant that they be registered for two years prior to providing supervisory services. However, there may be institutional requirements, or requirements identified for internships, that specify a supervisor must be registered for a certain length of time in order to meet the supervisee’s requirements for qualifying supervision. College requirements for internship supervisors is one such requirement and is applicable to those interns who plan to apply to the College of Psychologists for registration as a Licensed School Psychologist.

Section 9.0 of the Code of Conduct sets out requirements for representations of one’s services and credentials. Standard 9.1 specifies that a registrant must identify themselves to the general public as a registrant of the College at the beginning of a professional relationship and in any advertisements for their services. Standard 9.2 enjoins registrants to ensure they are accurately representing their credentials. If you are a Licensed School Psychologist, identifying yourself as such when you are providing psychological services, regardless of setting, is required to convey your credentials and your registration status to others.
A school psychologist registrant may use the titles “school psychologist” and “licensed school psychologist” and the abbreviation “L.Sch.Psych.”

No. Bylaw 46(8)(b) specifies that a school psychologist registrant:

“must not provide or perform a diagnosis identifying a behavioural, emotional, cognitive or mental disorder or condition as the cause of the signs or symptoms of an individual, except as authorized under section 6(2) of the Regulation in the course of their employment with, or performance of duties under contract with,

  1. a board of education, francophone education authority or Provincial school under the School Act,
  2. an authority under the Independent School Act,
  3. a school operated by a participating First Nation or a Community Education Authority established by one or more participating First Nations under the First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act (Canada),
  4. (another elementary, middle or secondary school or school board, similar to a school or school board referred to in subparagraphs (i) to (iii), that is acceptable to the registration committee, or
  5. a university, college or other post-secondary educational institution that is acceptable to the registration committee.”

The school psychology diagnosis practice standard further articulates diagnostic practices for school psychologists: https://collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/School-Psychology-Diagnosis-Practice-Standard.pdf

A learning environment refers exclusively to school settings. Bylaw 46(8)(b) specifies that a school psychologist registrant:

“must not provide or perform a diagnosis identifying a behavioural, emotional, cognitive or mental disorder or condition as the cause of the signs or symptoms of an individual, except as authorized under section 6(2) of the Regulation in the course of their employment with, or performance of duties under contract with,

  1. a board of education, francophone education authority or Provincial school under the School Act,
  2. an authority under the Independent School Act,
  3. a school operated by a participating First Nation or a Community Education Authority established by one or more participating First Nations under the First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act (Canada),
  4. another elementary, middle or secondary school or school board, similar to a school or school board referred to in subparagraphs (i) to (iii), that is acceptable to the registration committee, or
  5. a university, college or other post-secondary educational institution that is acceptable to the registration committee.”

The school psychology diagnosis practice standard further articulates diagnostic practices for school psychologists: https://collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/School-Psychology-Diagnosis-Practice-Standard.pdf