Information for Regular Applicants

IMPORTANT:
Please read Information for applicants (General) before continuing.

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Who is a regular applicant?
Registration requirements for regular applicants
Details of the education & training requirement
Assessment of applications
Independent practice
Questions & answers

 

Who is a “regular applicant”?
All applicants are regular applicants, except those that previously applied via grandparenting (route now closed), and those already registered in another province or territory who are applying for registration in Ontario under labour mobility rules.

In general, regular applicants are individuals who have recently completed graduate-level psychotherapy programs: either independent psychotherapy programs that require an undergraduate degree for admission, or university master’s programs.

Regular applicants will be required to demonstrate “currency”, i.e. recent experience related to the practice of the profession. Regular applicants will demonstrate currency by having completed:

  • their education and training program within one year immediately prior to application; or
  • their clinical experience requirement within the one year immediately prior to application; or
  • 750 currency hours within the three years immediately prior to application; or
  • upgrading activities approved by Registration Committee.

Note: there is no “in Canada” currency requirement for regular applicants.

 

Registration requirements for regular applicants
In addition to meeting the general requirements for all applicants, regular applicants must complete the following:

  • the Professional Practice & Jurisprudence e-Learning Module;
  • a “recognized” education and training program in psychotherapy (see below for requirements of a recognized program);
  • 30 hours of competency development in safe and effective use of self (SEUS); normally included as part of an applicant’s education and training program; this can take the form of coursework, experiential learning, and/or personal psychotherapy focused on SEUS;
  • 450 direct client contact hours (can be part of the applicant’s education and training program and/or completed subsequently);
  • 100 hours of clinical supervision; and
  • successful completion of the registration exam, i.e. the National Assessment offered by the COMPASS Centre for Examination Development, a national body established to develop and administer the exam.

IMPORTANT: Virtually all regular applicants will spend a period of time as a Qualifying Member, i.e. RP (Qualifying), until they are deemed eligible to write the registration exam and have successfully completed it. To be eligible to write the exam, a Qualifying Member must have completed all education and training requirements for RP registration (see details below), but not necessarily all required direct client contact hours and clinical supervision hours. When all requirements have been completed, the RP (Qualifying) will move to full RP status. Individuals nearing completion of their education and training program can apply for registration as a Qualifying Member during the final semester/ segment of their program, i.e. when they have substantially completed their program. An RP (Qualifying) will be required to practise with clinical supervision and must be actively engaged in completing registration requirements to become registered as an RP.

See a summary of the regular registration requirements.

 

Details of the education and training requirement
The applicant must have successfully completed:

  1. a structured, coherent program of education and training in psychotherapy which has as a prerequisite an undergraduate degree, and which includes 360 hours of training and education central to the practice of psychotherapy, which hours exclude direct client contact hours and clinical supervision hours, and which program is recognized by the Registration Committee or by a body that is approved by the Registration Committee, or
  2. a master’s degree, which includes at least 10 semester courses (360 hours) of training and education central to the practice of psychotherapy, which hours exclude direct client contact hours and clinical supervision hours, and which degree is recognized by the Registration Committee or by a body that is approved by the Registration Committee, or
  3. a program in Indigenous practice of psychotherapy recognized by the Registration Committee or by a body that is approved by the Registration Committee, or
  4. a program that is deemed by the Registration Committee to be substantially equivalent to a program referred to in subparagraph 1 or 2, or education and training that may be comprised of one or more programs, that when viewed in its entirety is deemed by the Registration Committee to be substantially equivalent to a program referred to in subparagraph 1 or 2.

A process has been developed for Reviewing and Recognizing education and training programs, with the aim of establishing a list of “recognized” programs. Regular applicants who have successfully completed a “recognized” program can assume that their education and training meets the requirements of the College. See Review & Recognition process for more information.

Applicants who have completed education & training not recognized by the College, must complete the Competencies Mapping Tool for Individual Applicants. The Mapping Tool is the central component of the application for registration. It allows applicants to demonstrate how their education and training enabled them to develop required entry-to-practice competencies. Click here to learn more about the Competencies Mapping Tool.

 

Assessment of applications
A three-stage assessment process is expected:

Stage 1 Administrative Review by College staff to ensure the application is complete, which may require follow-up with the applicant to obtain additional information or clarification;
Stage 2 Detailed Assessment by College staff to determine whether the applicant meets registration requirements;
Stage 3 Review by a panel of Registration Committee, which will primarily involve the review of non-routine applications and all applications proposed for refusal of registration.

 

Independent practice
RPs will not be permitted to practice independently, i.e. without clinical supervision, until they have completed 1000 direct client contact hours and 150 hours of clinical supervision over the course of their professional career. This limitation will apply to all Members and will remain in effect until the Member satisfies the College that they have completed the required hours.

 

Questions & answers
Is my education program ‘acceptable’ to the College?
CRPO has developed a ‘framework’ (criteria & process) for Reviewing and Recognizing programs that meet education and training requirements and prepare students with entry-to practice competencies. Until such time as programs are recognized, prospective applicants are advised to review the registration requirements described above, and use them to informally assess whether a given program appears to meet the requirements. Graduates of programs that have not yet been recognized may apply for registration, and will be asked to submit details about their program, including transcripts, course descriptions, etc. Individuals who have completed programs that do not fulfill all the requirements may be eligible to register in the Qualifying Member category, and must work with clinical supervision until they complete outstanding requirements such as client contact hours, clinical supervision hours, limited coursework and the registration exam.

In order to be eligible for registration as a Qualifying Member, what proportion of the registration requirements must I have completed?
To apply for registration as a Qualifying Member, an applicant must have substantially completed his/her education and training program, e.g. 90% complete; be completing final semester/program component; or writing thesis, having completed other program requirements. In addition, applicants for the Qualifying category must have completed a minimum 125 Direct Client Contact hours, and a minimum 30 hours of clinical supervision. The College recognizes that most education & training programs do not include sufficient direct client and clinical supervision hours to meet registration requirements.