Change to Annual Process involving Registration Certificates

As you know, several years ago the NSBEP made changes to the registration process enabling registrants to quickly renew their registration online. Now, as soon as registrants complete their renewal online, they get access to their payment receipt and a Registration Confirmation, which explicitly state that the registrant has renewed for the current year.  Because of the online renewal process, one implication has been that the only document requiring the use of regular mail has been the yellow insert that is placed behind the circular window of the Registration Certificate. Effective for 2016 Registration Renewals, the Board will be eliminating the requirement for Registered Psychologists to have to take apart the frame of their Registration Certificate each year in order to replace the insert.  As you may know, the intention behind the insert was to verify that a psychologist’s registration was current for the year.  This process was put in place prior to existence of public websites. However, Board members when considering this topic, discussed the fact that even though one could have a Registration Certificate insert displaying the current year, this does not assure the public that a psychologist’s registration has not ended at some point during the calendar year or in fact that there have been no findings of professional misconduct or sanctions related to a psychologist’s registration. In terms of providing up-to-date confirmation of registration, the Board over the years, has invested in improvements to the website allowing a variety of current information to be displayed for both registrants and the public.  One can search the website to verify that a psychologist’s registration is current and obtain information about how to find out whether there have been any disciplinary findings for a registrant.  We know from website statistics that more people are turning to the website for various purposes.  Again, all registrants are provided with a Registration Confirmation that can be printed off which verifies that one is registered for the current year. The change in process will help keep NSBEP moving in a “green” direction by reducing the use of paper. As well, this helps to keep costs down when considering that the price of postage has increased significantly in the last while, and other ongoing costs associated with this process will be eliminated.  Consequently these savings can better be utilized by continuing to enhance both the Board’s website and Registry Information Management System. The intention is that such enhancements will continue to improve features for both registrants and the public and better enable the Board to conduct its work. So instead of having to take apart your Certificate each year, you can simply reverse the existing yellow insert behind the circular window of your...

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Position Statement on Release of File Materials

In September 2014, the Board published its revised position statement concerning the release of file materials and raw data.  The revised position statement has been added to the “Standards” section of the website and can also be accessed by clicking here.

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