This section is intended for applicants who possess licensure as a psychologist in a US state or territory that authorizes them to practice psychology and with at least equivalent licensure requirements to Nova Scotia.
Typically the following qualifications enable a transfer of registration to NS, possession of: a CPA/APA accredited degree; Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ); Registration with the National Register Of Health Service Psychologists. However, all psychologists licensed to practice in a US state or territory are encouraged to use this pathway.
For greater clarity, this section is not intended for those who:
- possess licensure/registration with a psychology regulatory body that constitutes a provisional type of registration
- possess licensure/registration as a psychologist but in a category that does not authorize the practice of psychology, e.g., retired registration, non-practising registration, etc.
- possess registration that is not with a psychology regulatory body, e.g., counselling, marriage and family therapy, etc.
The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology works hard to make the registration process as easy to understand as possible. Application information is available under the Section of the website “Psychologists Licensed to Practice in the USA” here.
Under The Nova Scotia Psychologists Act, Regulations & Board Policy, applicants who want to register with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology must meet the following criteria:
- Possess full licensure as a psychologist, in good standing, with a psychology regulatory body in a US state or territory
- Possess a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology that is acceptable to the Board, from an educational institution approved the Board
- Possess sufficient acceptable psychology work experience in the area(s) for which they are declaring
- Speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency, depending on the language of services to be provided
- Be of good character
- Demonstrate an understanding of professional practice and ethical issues, and have an understanding of local practices and conditions
- Pass any examinations required by the Board. The Board requires applicants to attend an in-person transfer interview.
- If an applicant holds a certificate of registration as a psychologist in another jurisdiction, the standards of which the Board determines to be equivalent to the requirements of Subsections 15 (1) or (2) of the Act. the Board may waive any or all requirements in Subsection 15(1) or (2) of the Act.
You may begin compiling documents and complete your application to the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology prior to arriving in Nova Scotia, if applicable.
Please view the pathway document below. These have been created to help guide applicants through the registration process.
Psychologists licensed in the US, click here for a chart providing a brief overview of the Registration Process
A link is also provided directly below which provides an outline of costs related to the registration process with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology:
Below are the Steps to Registration with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology for Psychologists Fully Licenced in the US.
Step 1. Complete the Application Process with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
2.1 Complete the Online Application Form
2.1 a) Here is a link to the Online Application Guide which should be reviewed before starting with the Online Application:
2.1 b) Here is a link to the actual Online Application System:
2.2 Provide Supporting Documentation to accompany your Application
2.2.1 Curriculum Vitae (resume)
2.2.2 Photo ID
2.2.3 Criminal check
2.2.4 Child Abuse Check / Declaration
2.2.5 Information about your program of study including coursework – This is only required for psychologists who have not graduated from a CPA/APA accredited program
Please refer to following Guide which outlines in detail what we expect for supporting educational documentation:
2.3 Arrange for Confirmation of Standing Form to be completed and provided to the Board by all jurisdictions where licensure as a psychologist is held
This form is part of the online application form, but it can also be accessed below:
Step 3. Assessment by the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology
Once all requirements of your application are completed and the application is submitted, the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology will review your application. The assessment process and criteria is outlined in the following PDF:
Step 4. Response from the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology / Application Deadline
When complete, the application is submitted to the Board of Examiners for the next Board meeting. The Board typically meets every calendar month except for August. Due to the workload volume and required processes for the Registration / Review Subcommittees and the Board, it is necessary for the the Board to impose a two week cutoff for any agenda items. This means that all agenda items must be complete and submitted two weeks in advance of monthly meetings. This includes but is not limited to the following: applications for registration, requests for oral exams, or any other registration items. In the event that an applicant misses the monthly deadline, no documentation has to be re-completed or resubmitted, the application will simply be reviewed at the next meeting.
A listing of all Board meeting dates, is available via the following link:
Once the Board of Examiners has completed its assessment of your application materials, you will be contacted in writing, typically within two weeks. To facilitate this communication, the registration decision will typically be sent to you via email.
There are three possible outcomes following this assessment by the Board:
- If both the academic and experience requirements are met, and it is determined that you possess equivalent registration with another psychology regulatory body, the Board may approve your name for placement on the Register of Psychologists, pending your completion of a Transfer Interview. In other words, your application would be approved, but you must complete an in-person interview before you would be granted regular registration. We do our best to accommodate interviewees, subject to availability, as the Board completes other exams and interviews on the same days. Temporary registration is available, if required while one is waiting to complete the interview. After their application is reviewed, applicants can wait to schedule a time that is convenient for them. Regular registration will be available after your completion of the interview.
Information concerning the Transfer Interview is available via the below link:
A listing of all Board meeting dates, when the Board conducts interviews, is available via the following link:
http://www.nsbep.org/about-nsbep/information-for-registrantsfor-all-registrantsnewsmeeting_dates/After you complete the online application, let us know your preference for an interview date by sending an email to the Assistant Registrar, via the Contact Us Page.
- If the Board determines that you hold a certificate of registration as a psychologist from a state the standards of which are deemed by the Board to be at least equivalent to the standards required by Subsection (1) or (2). 2000, c. 32, s. 15, the Board may, in its discretion, waive all or part of the requirements of these Subsections.
- If you do not meet the criteria, the Board must decline the application. In the event that your application is declined, you will be informed in writing of the criteria not met and you will be provided with the opportunity to have your application sent to the Internal Review Committee that will conduct a second review of the registration decision. If you wish to have your application reviewed by the Internal Review Committee, then you will be required to advise the Registrar of this request upon receiving the decision on your application for registration.
Step 5. Registration
If an application for registration is approved, and once the transfer interview is completed, the registration fee must be paid before one can become registered with the NSBEP. Information concerning the registration fees and professional liability requirements is outlined via this link:
Links to other resources available to assist Psychologists
- Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO)
- Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)
- Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
- Fair Registration Practices Act (FRPA) Office
- Careers Nova Scotia
As a checklist, to ensure you have reviewed all documentation involving the application process, here is a listing of all PDF documents and pages referenced in the above procedures.
1. Online Application Guide
2. Supporting Documentation Explanatory PDF
3. Registration Requirements and Assessment Criteria
4. Information about the Transfer Interview
We welcome enquiries by either phone or email. However, email may offer the opportunity for you to receive a considered response and often makes communication more efficient as the applicant and the Board Office may be in different time zones. If you have asked for a reply, a staff member will answer your email as soon as possible. We aim to respond within 24-48 hours on working days but may respond more quickly if we are able to do so.
The Board staff and contact information is available via the contact us page: