This section is intended for those who are not registered as a psychologist elsewhere.

REGULAR APPLICATION SECTION

APPLICATION FORM FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE PSYCHOLOGISTS ACT (2000) c.32, OF NOVA SCOTIA

The Board is pleased to provide a secure online information system for submitting an application for registration. This system will save time by ensuring that your information is received by the Board very quickly since this information does not need to be sent by mail.  This is because your information will be captured electronically as soon as you select the option to save it – at any time during the application process.  This system will also help you to save money since you don’t need to use your paper, toner, or other stationary; and you don’t need to pay for postage. Note: We are committed to providing applicants and our registrants with a secure and protected online information management system. Our site employs 128-bit encryption, which is the strongest and most secure form of encryption generally available. The first time you use the system you will need to create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.

Click here to complete and submit your application


Guide to Online Application Process

Click on the above icon to view a Guide to the Online Transfer Application Process.

In addition to reviewing the above Guide, the Registration Guidelines should be reviewed by applicants.

Registration Requirements

All new candidates please click here for an important news flash

The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology reviews the completed application and makes a decision based on evaluation of the information provided. In some cases, the Board may request additional information. 

Please note: The application process is fairly detailed and applicants are encouraged to begin the application process in advance thereby allowing themselves sufficient time to complete all requirements. For example, it can take up to 6 weeks for a Child Abuse Registry Check to be processed. Also, it can take a considerable amount of time for applicants to have their reference forms completed and sent to NSBEP.  It is best to begin the online application process as soon as you are in a position to do so.  This process contains all of the forms.  However those who wish to download some of the supplemental forms may do so by clicking here.

To begin, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) provides some very helpful information about navigating your way through the registration process. You can obtain this information by clicking here.

The following items are required to be filed with NSBEP for a completed application:

1. Official Photo Identification (photo ID) i.e. Driver’s license, Passport, etc. – Please do not fax. A photocopy or scanned copy is acceptable.  This is part of the Online Application.
2. Both a) Criminal Record Check and b) Child Abuse Registry Check / Declaration.

Applicants from Nova Scotia
1) You may obtain a Criminal Record Check online by clicking here or by contacting your local police.  It is generally much quicker to obtain your check via the online option provided in the link above.  If using the above option to order your criminal check online you can arrange for the organization completing the background check to share it with NSBEP and any other organization that requires such information, e.g. your employer in Nova Scotia.
2) To initiate the Child Abuse Registry Check, please click here to visit the appropriate page of the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. Once your Check is completed, Community Services will mail you a letter with the results which you will need to provide to the Board.  Faxes are not acceptable unless they are source-verified to be a copy of the original. That is, your Employer must state that the Check is a copy of the original which they have on file.  Please be aware the Child Abuse Check check can take 4 weeks to process once your request is received by Community Services. Please note: that background checks must have been completed within the last 6 months from the date of application in order to be considered acceptable to the Board.

Canadian Applicants outside Nova Scotia
1) Those residing in a Canadian province outside of Nova Scotia can obtain a Criminal Record Check online by by clicking here, or by contacting their local police.  It is generally much quicker to obtain your criminal check via the online option provided in the link above.
2) Child Abuse Check: In some jurisdictions, another organization (for example, Community Services, Family Services, Children’s Services, etc.) will provide the Child Abuse Check or equivalent (for example, Intervention Record Check). The onus is on the applicant to contact the appropriate authorities in his/her jurisdiction and obtain the required check. If you are applying from a jurisdiction that does not allow this information to be provided to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology please ensure that you sign the Child Abuse Registry Declaration in the application form.  Please note: that background checks must have been completed within the last 6 months from the date of application in order to be considered acceptable to the Board.
Applicants from outside of Canada
1) Applicants outside of Canada may obtain a criminal check by clicking here and visiting the website for CSI, a company that completes international background checks.  It is generally much quicker to obtain your criminal check via the online option provided in the link above.
2) Child Abuse Check: In some jurisdictions, another organization (for example, Community Services, Family Services, Children’s Services, etc.) will provide the Child Abuse Check or equivalent (for example, Intervention Record Check). The onus is on the applicant to contact the appropriate authorities in his/her jurisdiction and obtain the required check. If you are applying from a jurisdiction that does not allow this information to be provided to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology please ensure that you sign the Child Abuse Registry Declaration in the application form.  Please note: that background checks must have been completed within the last 6 months from the date of application in order to be considered acceptable to the Board.
All applicants please note: Both the Criminal Record and Child Abuse Registry Check must be received before an individual can be registered. Applicants are advised to allow sufficient processing time, concerning the required checks, when submitting their application.  You should order enough copies of any background checks so that an original copy will be provided to the NSBEP and an original copy will be provided to your employer, and any other organization(s) that requires this information for you. 
3. The fully completed Online Application Form 
4. Current Curriculum Vitae of applicant - This is part of the Online Application.
5. Documentation of completed education and training, including:

(1) Official transcripts of all relevant degrees sent directly from the awarding university or institute. Photocopied or faxed transcripts are not acceptable. Transcripts must indicate the date in which the degree has been conferred/awarded. Your degree must be conferred before you can be registered.  If your degrees are from outside the US or Canada, please ensure that you have viewed the document on Foreign Credentials which discusses evaluations and transcript requirements in such instances.
(2) If your program is from outside of Nova Scotia and neither APA nor CPA accredited, please provide information about the graduate program when you undertook your studies which also includes coursework descriptions.      
(3) Completed Internship, Practicum and Supervised Work Experience form(s), signed by professor / supervisor.
The form is part of the Online Application.
Please note: Programs that are primarily based on-line are not acceptable to the Board. The Board requires a minimum period of one continuous year of residency in addition to any practica or internship completed as part of the program requirements. More information about registration requirements can be obtained by clicking here.  Additionally, given that qualifications for registration are based on the course of study including theory and practice in psychology, additional supporting information may be required from graduates of a program outside of Nova Scotia or graduates of programs that are not APA or CPA accredited program.This information could take the form of a program handbook which provides information about the program and admission requirements, along with course descriptions.  You could provide links to the appropriate documentation online if such information is available online from your university.

6. References from three persons familiar with the applicant’s psychology qualifications, at least two of whom are registered psychologists, and all of whom have been asked to comment on the completed Declaration of Intended Psychological Practice form. This is part of the Online Application.
7. Plans for supervision if applicant is approved:

(1) A signed consent form (and current CV) from a registered psychologist agreeing to provide supervision as required by the Board. This is part of the Online Application.
(2) A statement by the applicant of the collegial support/consultation/supervision available in the workplace (and/or similar settings), indicating psychologists who are willing to be of assistance. (This is a requirement in addition to the supervision for the Board in (1) above). This is part of the Online Application.
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Application Fee ($250.00) An application fee, which is non-refundable, is required for receipt and processing of your application.  The Board accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Cheque.  You can pay any fees through the online application system.  Paying the fee online will provide you with a receipt by email as soon as you complete the process.  Alternatively, you may call or fax your credit card information into the office or send payment by mail.

9. Documentation: Applicants submitting their application in a language other than English must have all supporting documentation translated into English by a certified translator.

Applicants submitting their application in a language other than English must have all documentation translated into English by a certified translator.

Application Timelines
Completed applications must be received two weeks prior to the Board’s monthly meeting. For information on Board meeting dates, click here.
Following the Board’s review of the application, applicants will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision typically within 1 week.  Once applicants receive approval notification, they are required to pay the registration fee for the current year within 30 days. The entire fee for the year is payable (unless registering after June 30th, in which case the fee is pro-rated by the amount of months remaining). Registration then expires on December 31st of the same calendar year and full registration fee is then due for the following year.For a list of the NSBEP fees, please visit the Information for Registrants section of the site.  In the event that your application is not approved, you will be informed in writing and you will be provided with the opportunity to have your application sent to an Internal Review Committee.   If you wish to have your application reviewed by the Internal Review Committee, then you will be provided 30 days to provide any additional documentation that you would like the Internal Review Committee to consider in relation to your application for registration.