The College of Psychologists of Ontario (the College) is the governing body for Psychologists and Psychological Associates in Ontario.

Registration Requirements

To practise as a Psychologist in Ontario, internationally educated psychologists must hold a certificate of registration and meet the requirements set out by the College. To become eligible for a certificate of registration, internationally educated psychologists will need to meet the following registration requirements:

A Psychologist must:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree from a psychology program that is substantially similar to a doctoral degree accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as outlined in the College’s Registration Guidelines: Psychologist Supervised Practice.

A Psychological Associate must:

  1. Hold a master’s degree from a psychology program that meets the requirements specified in the College’s Registration Guidelines: Psychological Associate – Supervised Practice; and
  2. Complete at least 4 years and at least 6000 hours of full-time or equivalent part-time, post-master’s degree work experience under the supervision of a psychologist or a psychological associate.

In addition, all applicants applying for registration as either a psychologist or psychological associate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicant must be of good character;
  2. Applicant must be either a Canadian citizen, Permanent Residency status, or hold authorization to work in Canada;
  3. Complete an academic assessment of credentials from an assessment body approved by the College;
  4. Complete a period of authorized supervised practice in Ontario;
  5. Complete any further professional training or supervised experience that the College outlines in their assessment of your training and qualifications;
  6. Demonstrate fluency in either English or French;
  7. Pass the College’s Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination (JEE) and the Oral Examination;
  8. Have professional liability insurance.

For further information, please visit the “Applicants” section of the website of The College of Psychologists of Ontario website.

How the Access Centre Can Help

The Access Centre within HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency can assist internationally educated psychologists or psychological associates in providing on their path to practise by providing advisory services by appointment via telephone, in-person or Skype.

If you have previously registered as a client of the Access Centre and are seeking services offered to registered clients or have questions regarding any aspect of the licensure process, please call 416-862-2200 ext 1 or toll free 1-800-596-4046 ext 1 or e-mail

If you are not a registered client of the Access Centre and would like detailed information on the licensing process for internationally educated psychologists, please register online.

Information Sessions

Information sessions bring together groups of internationally educated health professions with a common goal. These sessions focus on various aspects of the registration process. Learn more.