Information for Applicants

Applying for Registration as a Psychologist to the Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board after September 1, 2021

To begin the application process, please complete the Application or Registration as a Psychologist along with your $300 application fee (payable by check, email transfer, or credit card), and submit to:

Newfoundland and Labrador Psychology Board
P.O. Box 8275
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3N4

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

Requirements for Registration

The Psychologists Act (2005) requires that registrants possess a doctoral degree or a master’s 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 degree. The Guidelines for Applicants document outlines the specific criteria which must be met in order for an applicant to be eligible for provisional registration. of an acceptable degree.

To be acceptable to the NLPB, the applicant’s educational program and training must have provided the applicant with adequate graduate level preparation in these five competency areas:

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

In order to attain Full Registration, applicants granted provisional registration must demonstrate competence in four of these competency areas during their supervised experience. The four competencies which are evaluated during this period are:

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

For further information on the specific requirements for preparation in the five competencies, review these Guidelines for Applicants

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(s) 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.  Supervision Guidelines for provisional registrants at the Doctoral level can be found here and for Master’s level registrants can be found here.

During the requisite period of supervised professional experience, candidates must demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency in 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.