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    Becoming a Member

    Currently Licensed in the USA

    This section provides information for individuals, currently licensed in a jurisdiction in the United States of America, who are preparing to apply for registration as a psychologist or psychological associate in Ontario.

    There are two certificates of registration authorizing autonomous practice available in Ontario.

    1. For a certificate authorizing autonomous practice as a psychologist, you require a doctoral degree in psychology; and
    2. For a certificate authorizing autonomous practice as a psychological associate, you require a master's degree in psychology.

    The complete requirements for registration as either a psychologist or psychological associate are set out in the Registration Regulation .

    Most applicants currently licensed in the USA will need to apply for a certificate authorizing supervised practice  before they can proceed to meet the remaining requirements for the certificate of registration of autonomous practice.

    The certificate authorizing supervised practice is intended for persons who have not previously been registered as a psychologist or psychological associate in any jurisdiction, or who are registered in a jurisdiction where the requirements are not equivalent to Ontario's requirements for issuance of a certificate authorizing autonomous practice.

    It should be noted however, that some applicants currently licensed in the USA may be eligible to apply for a certificate authorizing interim autonomous practice while they proceed to meet the remaining requirements for a certificate authorizing autonomous practice. The certificate authorizing interim autonomous practice allows applicants to practise autonomously in Ontario for limited time while they complete the remaining registration requirements for issuance of a certificate authorizing autonomous practice.

    In order to qualify for a certificate of registration authorizing interim autonomous practice as a psychologist or psychological associate in Ontario, the applicant must be registered for autonomous practice as a psychologist or psychological associate, be in good standing, and have:

      1. practised the profession of psychology  at any time during the two years immediately before the date of the application for registration in Ontario, and his or her registration is in a jurisdiction:

      a) with which the College has entered into a written reciprocity agreement; or
      b) that is considered by a panel of the Registration Committee to have registration requirements equivalent to those of the College for a certificate of  authorizing autonomous practice as either a psychologist or psychological associate; or 

      2. holds a current Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) awarded by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).

      Further information on the CPQ and the ASPPB Agreement of Reciprocity may be found by following these links:

      http://www.asppb.net/?page=CPQ

      http://www.asppb.net/?page=AOR



      Applying as a Psychologist or Psychological Associate

      If you are currently licensed as a psychologist or psychological associate in the USA, and you are planning to move to Ontario and begin practising psychology, you may be eligible to apply for a certificate of registration authorizing interim autonomous practice. This will allow you to practise in Ontario while you complete the registration process.

      There are a variety of materials that members holding certificates for interim autonomous practice will find of value.  This includes the Registration Guidelines; Interim Autonomous Practice covering such topics as:


      In addition other information is provided which will be of interest to interim autonomous members           



      Application Form

      Examinations

      Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination

      The Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination (JEE) is one of two written examinations that candidates are required to pass in order to obtain a certificate of registration authorizing autonomous practice. It is a 60-item multiple choice examination that focuses on legislation, regulations, standards, guidelines, and codes of ethics, applicable to the practice of psychology in Ontario. The College administers the JEE on two occasions a year – each Spring and each Fall – at several examination centers in the province.

      The College recommends that candidates review the preparatory information outlined in the document entitled Preparing to take the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination which may be found in the Resources section of the College’s website.

      As well as the list of relevant Legislation and Standards :Legislation, Standards and Guidelines Relevant to Members..

      Additionally, detailed information about the JEE including (but not limited to) an Examination Blueprint of the content of the examination, pass point and scoring, number of attempts permitted, and examination accommodations is outlined in the Examinations section of the Registration Guidelines: Interim Autonomous Practice:

      The Supervision Resource Manual  also includes some information on how candidates can prepare to take the JEE.

      Frequently Asked Questions: Registration Examinations: http://www.cpo.on.ca/Registration_Examinations.aspx includes answers to frequently asked JEE questions.

       

      The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology

      The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is one of two written examinations that candidates are required to pass in order to obtain a certificate of registration authorizing autonomous practice in Ontario. Individuals to whom the College has issued a certificate of registration authorizing interim autonomous practice are not required to take this examination as they would have already passed it elsewhere. Interim Autonomous Practice applicants may contact the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) to request a confirmation of their EPPP score to be sent directly to the College of Psychologists of Ontario http://www.asppb.net/?page=ScoreTransfer.

       

      Registration Interview

      Once Interim Autonomous Practice applicants have passed the JEE, they will be invited to attend a registration interview. The purpose of the interview is to ensure that applicants are ready for autonomous practice in Ontario. The focus of the registration interview and an explanation of the possible outcomes of the registration interview are provided in Section I of Registration Guidelines: Interim Autonomous Practice.

      Interview Rating Sheet