First: Obtain An Undergraduate Degree
To become a Psychologist in British Columbia you must ultimately obtain a Doctoral degree in psychology. Upon completion of a Masters Degree in Psychology you can register as a “Psychological Associate”, and with the completion of a doctoral degree (PhD), you can register as a “Psychologist”. There is no difference in what a registered Psychologist and a registered Psychological Associate are allowed to practice, only that a Psychologist holds a doctoral degree.
I would recommend choosing an undergraduate that includes a Psychology Honors, Specialization or Major route. This will highly increase your chances of later being accepted into a Graduate program.
Undergraduate Schools With Psychology Degree in British Columbia:
|University of British Columbia|
|University of British Columbia Okanagan|
|University of Northern British Columbia|
|Simon Fraser University|
|Trinity Western University|
|University of Victoria|
Second: Obtain a Graduate Degree
The minimum requirements to register as a registered Psychologist in British Columbia is to have a doctoral degree, and to become a registered Psychological Associate you need to obtain a masters graduate degree. This degree should be a major in psychology or a degree that is very similar to a graduate degree with a major in psychology. You must obtain your degree from a government authorized degree granting institution of higher Canada, or a higher education institution in the United States, or the proper governing body has recognized the University in the specific country country the degree was obtained in. To find out more, please visit: College of Psychologists of British Columbia
Graduate School Programs in British Columbia:
|University of British Columbia:|
|Simon Fraser University:|
|University of Victoria:|
Third: Where and How do I Register?
Register as a Psychologist or Psychological Associate in British Columbia: College of Psychologists of British Columbia
The College of Psychologists of British Columbia will asses whether you qualify using the detailed steps outlined in this PDF: Registration Requirements
The outline of how you will be assessed will follow these general steps:
Step 1: Review of Academic Qualifications
Step 2: Apply for Registration as a Psychological Associate
- Application for Registration
- Supervised Experience: 1 year for post-masters internship and 3 years supervised and 1 year pre-doctoral.
- Examinations (EPPP scale score of 500, a written jurisprudence, and oral examination)
- You will be informed as to your progress as you complete the steps outlined in the Registration Requirements provided by the College of Psychologists of british Columbia.
College of Psychologists of British Columbia
#404, 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 4S5
Toll Free BC: 1-800-665-0979
Telephone: (604) 736-6164
Fax: (604) 736-6133