CPBC - Registration Status and Directory Information for College Registrants

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This on-line directory contains basic information about registrants in the different classes of psychology practice regulated by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

The following information is available on the website for all registrants of the College of Psychologists of BC:  Registrant Name, Registration Number, Registration Class and Registration Status.

Please note the descriptions of the various classes of registration along with any associated limitations to practice listed on this page.

In addition, business contact information is also available for registrants who have opted to provide information for the College Directory.   

The College updates this section of its website on a weekly basis. If you require official confirmation of a registrant’s status, please contact the College in writing.

Classes of Registration:

  1. Registered Psychologist registration - registration typically at the doctoral level of training with registrants in this class self-declaring various area(s) of competence and clinical practice. The vast majority of College registrants are in this class of registration. There are no prescribed limitations on practice in this class except as otherwise imposed by the Inquiry or Discipline Committees.

    A registered psychologist registrant may use the titles “psychologist” and “registered psychologist” and the abbreviation “R.Psych.”

  2. Associate Psychologist (corrections) - registration for individuals working exclusively in a correctional setting with a practice in the area of correctional psychology.

    An associate psychologist (corrections) registrant may use the titles “associate psychologist (corrections)” or an “associate psychologist in corrections psychology”.

  3. Grandparented registration - registration for individuals with any limitations, restrictions and conditions on their practice of psychology from prior to September 1, 2014 which continue into this new class of registration.

    A grandparented registrant is entitled to call themselves a “grandparented psychologist” or a “psychologist (with limitations)”.

  4. Psychology Assistant registration - registration for individuals providing specific psychological services under the complete supervision of registrant approved by the College.

    A psychology assistant registrant is entitled to call themselves a “psychology assistant”.

  5. Temporary (supervised) registration - registration granted by a decision of the registration committee to individuals who meet the criteria for Registered Psychologist registration (as established in bylaw section 44(1)(a) and (b)) but have not completed the required registration examinations or individuals who are applying for renewal or reinstatement and have undertaken to complete outstanding continuing competency and quality assurance requirements. These registrants provide services under the supervision of an approved registrant of the College.

    A temporary (supervised) registrant is entitled to call themselves a “supervised psychologist” or a “registered supervised psychologist”.

  6. Temporary (visitor) registration - a class of registration for individuals registered for the practice of psychology in another jurisdiction who come to British Columbia to provide psychological services for a very short (typically two weeks or less) period and for a specific purpose (such as providing expert witness testimony)

    A temporary (visitor) registrant may only use the titles “visiting psychologist” and “registered visiting psychologist”.

  7. Non-Practicing registration - a class of registration for individuals currently not practicing in British Columbia as they are: on medical or parental leave, live out of province and are registered elsewhere for active practice, or are completely retired from psychology practice.

    A non-practicing registrant must indicate that they are non-practising by placing “non-practising”, “retired” or “out of province” after their title (e.g., Registered Psychologist (Retired) or Registered Psychologist (Out of Province)).

Registration Status

In addition to the limitations associated with the various classes of registration described above, some individuals have additional limitations as per the College’s Inquiry or Discipline Committee or through the registration renewal process. These limitations are described below:

Limitations - Inquiry Committee: Limitations as per the Inquiry Committee. Individuals with this status designation are registered for active practice with specific limitations or restrictions on their practice as a means of resolving issues identified in an investigation raised by a public complaint or an investigation raised by motion of the Inquiry Committee.

 This designation refers to individuals who are suspended from practicing psychology for a period of time and until further notice, either by consent in the face of a complaint investigation or pending a hearing, or through terms imposed by the Inquiry or Discipline Committee.

Limitations - Other:
 This designation refers to individuals with limitations on their practice not covered in the descriptions above. Please contact the College for more information. 

Cancelled- Required fees or forms required for renewal of registration were not received by the deadline. In some cases this is simply due to a registrant not wishing to renew due to retirement or moving to practice elsewhere.

Cancelled by requestt - The College received notice from the registrant that they did not wish to renew their registration with the College and requested that their registration be cancelled effective January 1st (or on another effective date) as they no longer wish to practice psychology in BC.

Pending- Additional information is pending from the registrant in order to complete their registration renewal.

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To regulate the profession of psychology in the public interest in accordance with the Health Professions Act of British Columbia by setting the standards for competent and ethical practice, promoting excellence and taking action when standards are not met.

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