Can I work prior to registration?
How do I apply for registration?
Can I become registered prior to convocation of my degree?
What are the registration requirements?
I will be applying for registration on the basis of a master’s degree but soon completing a doctoral degree in psychology; how can I have my registration reflect this degree?
How do I determine whether my program will be accepted for registration?
What if my credentials are from outside the US or Canada?
What fees are associated with the application and registration process?
What forms of payment does the Board accept?
When and how do I locate a NSBEP Supervisor?
Can the psychologist who supervised my practicum or internship provide a reference for my application? Can one of my referees then act as my NSBEP Supervisor? 
Do I have to be working with a specific age group during my candidate register year to claim competency with that group?

Can I work prior to registration?
As per the Psychologists Act (2000) you cannot hold yourself out as a psychologist or psychologist (candidate register) if you are not registered. Legally, one should consult the Psychologists Act to ensure that he/she will not be in violation. Any position that is taken prior to registration is not board sanctioned.  That is, until one is on a register of NSBEP (Candidate Register or Register of Psychologists), that person does not have any registration status with the Board.  This does not mean that you cannot be employed in any capacity. However, prior to registration, you cannot be employed in a psychology position in which you would hold yourself out as a psychologist / psychologist (candidate register), as these titles are protected by legislation. Only after becoming registered can one use a title authorized by the Psychologists Act.

 

How do I apply for registration?

You will need to complete the application process

if you are registered as a psychologist in Canada or the US, please click here.

if you are not registered as a psychologist, please click here.

if you obtained your graduate degree from outside Canada or the US, please click here.

A very helpful publication has been developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Applicants or those not previously involved with regulatory bodies may benefit from this information. Click here to access the document.

Can I become registered prior to convocation of my degree?

No. As per the Psychologists Act (2000) one must be in possession of the degree on which registration will be based.  However, you can still apply for registration prior to graduating, and the Board may conditionally approve your application (pending convocation). This means that the NSBEP would be able to review your completed application, but you cannot become registered until graduation and payment of the registration fee. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application process in advance, if they will be receiving their degree in the near future, e.g., in the next couple of months. This helps to allow sufficient time for the applicant to assemble the necessary items and to submit their application two weeks prior to the Board meeting. By completing the application process in advance, this means that when the applicant’s terminal degree has been conferred, NSBEP would then only need official proof that the degree has been conferred. Applicants can arrange for an official transcript to be sent to the NSBEP showing the degree has been conferred, once they have graduated.

However, if the application has been submitted in advance and therefore the Board already has received an official copy of the transcript during the application process, any of the following would be acceptable means of proving subsequent convocation:

  • A letter confirming the date on which the degree will be conferred (this must be sent to NSBEP directly from the university and state the date of convocation, rather than simply indicating that one has completed all program requirements);
  • If your university posts a list of Program graduates online, including the date of convocation, you may provide NSBEP with the precise website URL for verifying this information;
  • As a last resort, applicants may bring their actual degree to the Board office for staff to view/copy.

Finally, if you are planning to become registered on the basis of a doctoral degree, but you already possess a master’s degree in psychology acceptable to the Board, then you may consider initially applying for registration on the basis of your master’s degree. After obtaining your doctorate, you could request that the Board approve your doctoral degree.  Please see the appropriate FAQ below, for more information.

What are the registration requirements?

The Board requires a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology that is acceptable to the Board from an educational institution approved by the Board.

 

I will be applying for registration on the basis of a master’s degree but soon completing a doctoral degree in psychology; how can I have my registration reflect this degree?

This is not uncommon.  You do not need to submit another application once you are registered on the basis of a master’s degree.  Rather, when the degree has been conferred, have an official transcript showing the doctorate has been conferred sent to NSBEP along with a request to have your registration reflect the doctorate.  Alternatively, if you have confirmed that NSBEP already has an official transcript showing all doctoral coursework, then what is needed is evidence that you will possess the degree.  In such instances, any of the following would be acceptable means of proving subsequent convocation:

  • A letter confirming the date on which the degree will be conferred (this must be sent to NSBEP directly from the university and state the date of convocation, rather than simply indicating that one has completed all program requirements);
  • If your university posts a list of Program graduates online, including the date of convocation, you may provide NSBEP with the precise website URL for verifying this information;
  • As a last resort, applicants may bring their actual degree to the Board office for staff to view/copy.

The Board will need to review your request at the corresponding meeting of the Board before you can hold yourself out using the doctorate.

Note: As per the Psychologists Act (2000), those registered on the Candidate Register will need to complete at least one year of post doctoral supervision (for greater clarity, this refers to the period after the doctoral degree has been awarded) before being eligible to take the Oral Exam (final step before placement on the Register of Psychologists). Any supervision prior to the doctorate being conferred does not count as post doctoral supervision.

How do I determine whether my program will be accepted for registration?

Click here to obtain information about acceptable degrees to the Board.

 

What if my credentials are from outside the US or Canada?

Please click here.

 

What fees are associated with the application and registration process?

The application fee of $250.00 is payable by all applicants.

The Transfer Interview fee of $500.00 is payable by transfer applicants only.

The Registration Fee is payable by all applicants prior to being granted registration; information about the registration fee can be accessed by visiting the Information for Registrants section.

 


What forms of payment does the Board accept?

Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Cheque.  You can pay any fees online by clicking here.  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.

 

When and how do I locate a NSBEP Supervisor?

A Supervisor must be secured when one submits an application for registration.

There are several options in finding psychologists to contact about potential supervision:

1. You can contact the Board for a list of names;

2. You can utilize the Directory of Psychologists;

3. The website of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) provides a private practice directory as well as biographical information about members.

4. Psychologists – even if they themselves are unavailable to supervise – might be able to recommend some potential supervisors.

 

Can the psychologist who supervised my practicum or internship provide a reference for my application? Can one of my referees then act as my NSBEP Supervisor?
The internship or practicum supervisor could act as your NSBEP Supervisor.  A psychologist who provides a reference for you could also act as your NSBEP Supervisor.

Do I have to be working with a specific age group during my candidate register year to claim competency with that group?
When submitting your Application for Registration, you should declare only the populations you will be working with in the near future.  You could later add additional populations for which you have training and experience.  However, like any other registrant, in keeping with professional standards, at that time of adding a population, you would need to ensure that your self-knowledge is current with regard to this additional population.