Job requirements Psychologist in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a psychologist in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Psychologists (NOC 4151).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • A doctoral degree in psychology is required in order to use the designation "Psychologist" in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • A master's degree in psychology is required for the designation "Psychologist" in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
  • A master's degree in psychology is required in order to use the designation "Psychological Associate" in Ontario and Manitoba.
  • In Prince Edward Island, a doctoral degree is required to work in private practice, or a master's degree with practice limited to institutions and agencies.
  • A period of supervised practical experience is required in most jurisdictions.
  • Successful completion of the written Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) is required in most provinces.
  • Oral examinations and board interviews are required in some provinces.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
  • Membership in the provincial professional association for psychologists is mandatory in all provinces, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
  • Psychologists can become specialized in a particular area through training and experience.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.

Table listing provincial regulation requirements
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Psychologist Regulated College of Alberta Psychologists
British Columbia Psychologist Regulated College of Psychologists of British Columbia
School Psychologist Regulated British Columbia Association of School Psychologists
Manitoba Psychologist Regulated Psychological Association of Manitoba
School Clinician - Psychologists Regulated Professional Certification and Student Records Unit, Government of Manitoba
New Brunswick Psychologist Regulated College of Psychologists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Psychologist Regulated Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board
Northwest Territories Psychologist Regulated Registrar of Psychologists, Government of North West Terrotiroies
Nova Scotia Psychologist Regulated Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
Nunavut Psychologist Regulated Professional Licensing, Nunavut Health and Social Services
Ontario Psychologist Regulated College of Psychologists of Ontario
Psychological Associate Regulated College of Psychologists of Ontario
Psychotherapist Regulated College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
Prince Edward Island Psychological Associate Regulated Prince Edward Island Board Psychologists Registration Board
Psychologist Regulated Prince Edward Island Board Psychologists Registration Board
Québec Psychologist Regulated Ordre des psychologues du Québec
Saskatchewan Psychologist Regulated Saskatchewan College of Psychologists

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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