School Psychologist Application Overview
The Minister of Health has approved changes to the Psychologists Regulation under the Health Professions Act (HPA) which bring school psychologists under the regulation of the College of Psychologists of BC (CPBC). The changes remove the exemption for non-registrant use of the title “school psychologist” and require all school psychologists to be registrants of CPBC after May 1, 2024. The changes also establish the restricted activities of psychology diagnosis and school psychology diagnosis for registered psychologists and school psychologists respectively.
Only registrants of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia may make a psychology diagnosis or a school psychology diagnosis after May 1, 2024. This change is in the interest of public safety and aligns the services provided by school psychologists with the requirements and expectations of other professionals regulated under the HPA. A copy of the revisions to the Psychologists Regulation is available at: https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/m0304_2022
The revised Psychologists Regulation establishes that all school psychologists must be registrants of the CPBC after May 1, 2024. The British Columbia Association of School Psychologists (BCASP) and the CPBC have collaborated to map out an expedited process for BCASP members to obtain registration as school psychologist registrants of the CPBC.
Please select the type of application you will be making and follow the instructions below:
Applicants who are certified by BCASP by August 1, 2023 may apply through an expedited registration process. The application deadline for this registration stream is November 1, 2023.
Applicants who completed their training in Canada or the United States and are not certified members of BCASP by August 1, 2023.
Applicants who have completed their training outside of Canada or the United States and are not certified members of BCASP by August 1, 2023.