Information for Applicants

Important information about Application for Registration to the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board after January 1, 2019

As of January 1, 2019 applicants for registration as psychologists in Newfoundland and Labrador must submit their application and documentation through the ASPPB Psychology Licensure Universal System, or “PLUS.”

PLUS is an online system designed to allow individuals to apply for licensure, certification, or registration in any state, province, or territory in the United States or Canada. The PLUS allows individuals to apply, online for licensure while enabling concurrent application for the ASPPB Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) and Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC). In this way, application information is “banked” for any future applications to other jurisdictions or mobility credentials. All information collected as part of your licensure application is automatically deposited and saved in the ASPPB Credentials Bank which is a Credentials Verification & Storage Program (The BANK). This information can be accessed by you or forwarded to any other licensing board, organization, entity, or individual, upon your written request at any time.

Currently, the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board is asking you to use the PLUS system for your application as a Provisionally Registered Psychologist in Newfoundland and Labrador. For a brief implementation period the fee for applying for provisional registration in Newfoundland and Labrador will remain at $250. However, following the implementation period, the PLUS application will cost $200 (USD) and a $100 fee payable to the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board. By completing the PLUS electronic application form and providing all requested credentials, you will be creating a permanent Credentials Bank record of your education, training, experience and credentials at no cost to you. The Credentials Bank Program provides a way for psychologists to store evidence of their professional education, experience, prior licensure, exam performance and other achievements. Once archived, this information can be accessed and submitted to any psychology registration/licensing board, employer or other agency per the psychologist’s written request. Utilizing the “Bank” helps to reduce potential inconvenience associated with documenting compliance with registration/licensure criteria, particularly long after one’s training and initial licensure.

To begin the PLUS process, please complete the Initial PLUS Application for Registration in Newfoundland and Labrador form found (here)along with your $100 application fee (payable by check, email transfer, or by credit card), and submit to:

Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board
P.O. Box 8275
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3N4
An ASPPB PLUS Licensure Specialist will contact you directly with further instruction.

Please note:
ASPPB does not determine your eligibility for licensure. When you submit a PLUS application for licensure, your completed application package is forwarded to the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board where our Registration Committee then will determine your eligibility for licensure.

Please contact the Registrar at either 709 579-6313 or by email at registrar@nlpsychboard.ca with any question or concerns.

Requirements for Registration

The Psychologists Act (2005) requires that registrants possess a doctoral degree or a masters degree in a program of study in psychology from an educational institution satisfactory to the board. Without such a credential, the NLPB cannot register the applicant. Please ask the Registrar for further information with respect to the acceptability of your masters or doctoral degree(s). A list of Guidelines for Graduate Degrees in Psychology Acceptable to the NLPB is available.

To be acceptable to the NLPB, the applicant’s educational program and training must have provided the applicant with adequate preparation in five competencies completed at the Graduate level:

  1. Interpersonal Relationships
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Intervention and Consultation
  4. Research and
  5. Ethics and Standards.

Applicants who are granted provisional registration must also demonstrate an acceptable level of competence in four of these competencies during their supervised experience as a requirement to attain full registration. The four competencies which are evaluated during this period of supervised practice are:

  1. Interpersonal Relationships
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Intervention and Consultation and
  4. Ethics.

For further information on the specific requirements for preparation in the five competencies, click Guidelines for the Evaluation of Applicants for Registration

The Psychologists Act (2005) requires:

  1. A period of professional experience in psychology acceptable to the board which is supervised, by a Board approved supervisor, to the satisfaction of the board and
  2. Successful completion of the examination prescribed in the regulations.

For doctoral candidates the period of professional experience must be at least one year, and for masters candidates the period of professional experience must be at least two years.

During the requisite period of supervised professional experience, candidates must demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency in the the four core competencies referred to above.

The examination currently required by the board is the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the board currently requires a score of 500.  Provisional Registrants should be aware that it is anticipated that the EPPP, which now is a knowledge based exam, will be adding measures of competency in January of 2020.  For further information on the EPPP2, you are urged to review the ASPPB website (asppb.net/page/EPPPart2)

The board does not currently examine applicants for knowledge of local jurisprudence.

The Psychologists Act (2005) includes, as a requirement for initial and ongoing registration that the applicant must have professional liability insurance coverage acceptable to the board. Successful applicants will not be placed on the register until they have submitted proof of professional liability insurance coverage. The required coverage is for malpractice insurance with a minimum of one million dollars per claim and an extended discovery period. Proof of coverage is the certificate of insurance from the insurer, or a fully legible copy of it.