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Psychologists Regulations made under Section 9 of the
S.N.S. 2000, c. 32
O.I.C. 2002-257 (May 31, 2002, effective June 3, 2002), N.S. Reg. 70/2002
1 These regulations may be cited as the Psychologists Regulations.
2 In these regulations,
(a) “Act” means the Psychologists Act;
(b) “Board Regulations” means the regulations made by the Board pursuant to Section 8 of the Act;
(c) “expiry date” means the date prescribed by the Board pursuant to clause 17(1)(b) of the Act for payment of the annual registration fee;
(d) “fee” means a fee prescribed in the Board Regulations;
(e) “registrant” means a person registered on either the Register of Psychologists or the Register of Candidates;
(f) “registration” means inclusion of the name of a person on the Register of Psychologists or the Register of Candidates in accordance with the Act.
3 (1) An application for registration shall be in the form prescribed in the Board Regulations and shall be provided to applicants by the Registrar upon request.
(2) In addition to an application form, the Registrar shall provide the following to an applicant:
(a) a copy of the Act and these regulations; and
(b) a copy of the code of ethics prescribed in the Board Regulations, and the standards of professional conduct and standards for providers of psychological services prescribed by the Board.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), an applicant for registration shall
(a) submit a completed application form to the Registrar together with payment of the applicable fees;
(b) make arrangements for the educational institutions from which the applicant’s relevant degrees were obtained to send transcripts to the Registrar;
(c) where the applicant is seeking registration on the Register of Psychologists, provide proof to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant has fulfilled the requirements of subsection 15(1) or 15(2) of the Act; and
(d) where the applicant is seeking registration on the Register of Candidates, provide proof to the satisfaction of the Board that the applicant has made arrangements for a supervisor to provide supervision.
(4) Clauses (3)(b) and (c) do not apply to an applicant for whom the Board has waived requirements in accordance with subsection 15(5) of the Act.
(5) An applicant shall request referees and supervisors to send documentation directly to the Registrar.
(6) The Board may request any further information it may consider necessary for proper evaluation of the application.
Application not accepted
4 If an applicant is not accepted for registration in accordance with subsection 15(4) or 16(3) of the Act, the Registrar shall provide the applicant with a statement in writing of the reasons for non-acceptance.
5 (1) A registrant on the Register of Psychologists shall be issued a certificate of registration as a registered psychologist.
(2) A registrant on the Register of Candidates may be issued a certificate of registration as a psychologist (Candidate Register).
6 (1) The Board shall notify each registrant 2 months prior to the expiry date of the requirement for annual renewal of their registration.
(2) A registrant may renew their certificate of registration by completing the annual renewal form prescribed in the Board Regulations and submitting it to the Registrar before the expiry date together with the annual registration fee.
Suspension of registration
7 (1) In addition to the provision for suspension of registration for non-payment of the annual registration fee in subsection 17(2) of the Act, the registration of a registrant who fails to submit a completed annual renewal form in accordance with subsection 7(2) shall be suspended effective on the expiry date.
(2) The Registrar shall immediately give notice in writing to a registrant whose registration has been suspended pursuant to subsection (1) for failure to submit a completed annual renewal form.
(3) Notice given by the Registrar pursuant to subsection 17(3) of the Act or subsection (2) shall be by registered mail to the registrant, with a copy to their employer, if any, and shall include a statement that
(a) the person’s registration was suspended effective on the expiry date because of the failure of the person to pay the annual registration fee or submit a completed annual renewal form, as the case may be;
(b) the person is not permitted to practise psychology after the expiry date until the requirements of Section 18 of the Act and these regulations have been complied with and the Registrar has re-registered the person; and
(c) practising while suspended is an offence under subsection 23(2) of the Act.
Leave of absence
8 (1) A registrant who wishes to take a leave of absence from the practice of psychology may apply to the Registrar for temporary removal of their name from a register for any period exceeding 2 consecutive months and not exceeding 2 consecutive years.
(2) The Registrar shall remove the name of a registrant who has applied pursuant to subsection (1) from the appropriate register for the duration of the leave period specified in the application.
(3) Upon a registrant’s return from a leave of absence, the Register shall re-enter the registrant’s name on the appropriate register upon payment of the applicable fee.
(4) For the purposes of subsection 23(1) of the Act, a registrant who practises psychology while their name is temporarily removed from a register pursuant to this Section is deemed to be in violation of a condition or limitation relating to their registration.
Re-application after 2 years
9 A person who re-applies for registration more than 2 years after the suspension of their previous registration shall be treated as a new applicant and, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of Section 18 of the Act, the person shall submit a new application pursuant to Section 3.
10 (1) A person who is practising psychology and is registered or licensed in another jurisdiction and who applies to practise psychology in Nova Scotia for a limited time or for a specific purpose may be registered temporarily on the Temporary Register established by the Registrar for this purpose, upon providing documentation to the satisfaction of the Board of current status in good standing in the other jurisdiction.
(2) A registrant on the Temporary Register shall be issued a certificate of registration as either a registered psychologist or a psychologist (Candidate Register), and the certificate shall include the expiry date of the temporary registration and a notation that the temporary registration is not renewable.
Designation of professional status
11 (1) A registrant on the Register of Psychologists may use the title “Psychologist”, or “Registered Psychologist”, and may abbreviate the title after their name to “R.Psych.”
(2) A registrant on the Register of Candidates may use the title “Psychologist (Candidate Register)”, and may abbreviate the title after their name to “Psych. (Cand. Reg.)”, but shall not use a title or abbreviation permitted under subsection (1) for a registrant on the Register of Psychologists.
(3) A registrant who is retired and not practising psychology may use a title that clearly indicates their retired status.
(4) A person who is registered in another jurisdiction and applies to be registered in Nova Scotia may continue to use the title applicable in the other jurisdiction while the application is being processed, or may, if registered on the Temporary Register, assume the title appropriate to like registrants in Nova Scotia.
12 A registrant shall carry adequate professional liability insurance.
14* The Board may, at its discretion, require any registrant to meet with the Board, or a sub-committee of the Board, for the purpose of determining whether the registrant’s experience, education, and other professional qualifications meet a generally accepted level of competence for the provision of psychological services.
[* Note: numbering as in original.]
15 The Board may develop specific guidelines for continuing education requirements to which registrants must adhere.
16 Any written notice required to be given by the Registrar to a registrant or former registrant under these regulations shall be to the most recent address for the registrant or former registrant in the Registrar’s records.