Psychology

The College of Psychologists of British Columbia is the regulatory body established for the health profession of psychology.

Psychology has been a designated health profession under the Health Professions Act since January 1, 2000, and is regulated by the College in accordance with the Act, the Psychologists Regulation and the bylaws of the College.

Psychology has been a regulated profession under British Columbia legislation since 1977. Before designation under the Health Professions Act, the profession was regulated under the Psychologists Act.

The composition of the board of the College is:

  • six elected psychologists; and
  • three public representatives appointed by the Minister.

Amendments to the Psychologists Regulation

Amendments to the Psychologists Regulation and to most College bylaws are subject to a three-month notice period, unless the Minister specifies a shorter period.

The College is responsible for giving notice of proposed bylaw amendments, including posting them on the College website, and all bylaw amendments must be filed with the Minister to be effective. Filed bylaws come into force 60 days after the date of filing, unless the Minister either disallows the change or specifies an earlier date, or the College withdraws the change.

The full text of the current bylaws and information about any proposed bylaw amendments may be obtained by contacting the College. Comments on proposed bylaw amendments should be submitted to both the College and the Ministry.

 

Proposed Regulation Amendments Notice Date
The Ministry has given notice of the proposed repeal of section 3 (2) (a), (b) and (c) (i) of the Psychologists Regulation. Comments were requested to be submitted no later than February 19, 2013.

The College of Psychologists has given notice of proposed related bylaw amendments.

Submissions are currently under review.
December 21, 2012

 

Approved Regulation Amendments Date
Makes the Psychologists Regulation, effective October 17, 2008. October 15, 2008
MO 249/2008
BC Reg 289/2008  
Repeals the Psychologists Regulation (BC Reg 442/99), effective October 17, 2008.

Continues the designation of psychology under the Health Professions Designation Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.
October 10, 2008
OIC 737/2008
BC Reg 270/2008
Amends section 3 of the Psychologists Regulation to allow qualified non-registrants employed by independent schools to use the term "psychologist". June 1, 2007
OIC 339/2007
BC Reg 153/2007
Amends the Psychologists Regulation to add two reserved titles: "psychological associate" and "registered psychological associate". December 19, 2002
OIC 1131/2002
BC Reg 377/2002
Repeals the Transitional Regulation (BC Reg 48/2001), consequential to the coming into force of the new bylaws of the College. October 11, 2002
OIC 907/2002
BC Reg 270/2002
Makes the Transitional Regulation for the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. March 9, 2001
OIC 277/2001
BC Reg 48/2001
Brings into force the repeal of the Psychologists Act, effective January 1, 2000. December 17, 1999
OIC 1774/99
BC Reg 449/99
Makes the Psychologists Regulation, designating psychology as a health profession under the Health Professions Act, effective January 1, 2000. December 17, 1999
OIC 1772/99
BC Reg 442/99           

 

Filed Bylaw Amendments Date
Amends the bylaws respecting terms of office for elected board members and filling vacancies in elected board positions. Filed November 7,
2008
In force November 14,
2008
(MO 272/2008)
Amends the bylaws to establish Schedule J, a tariff of costs in relation to inquiry committee investigations, and Schedule K, a tariff of costs in relation to discipline committee hearings. January 18, 2007
Deposited
Amends various provisions in Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws. November 2, 2006
Deposited
Amends section 31 of the bylaws regarding resolutions at general meetings. December 22, 2005
Deposited
Amends subsections 1.2 and 9.7 of Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws. October 21, 2005
Deposited
Amends the title of subsection 4.3 of Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws. April 28, 2005
Deposited
Amends the bylaws regarding the maximum terms of office for elected Board members, the requirements for registration for out-of-province applicants and a number of housekeeping amendments. June 17, 2004
OIC 622/2004
Amends the bylaws regarding the composition of six committees. June 17, 2004
OIC 621/2004
Amends the bylaws to repeal sections 9(16) and 32(9) respecting procedures to be followed at board meetings. June 16, 2004
Deposited
Amends Schedule C of the bylaws to increase the fees for registration renewal. November 27, 2003
OIC 1130/2003
Makes the new bylaws of the College. February 21, 2002
OIC 156/2002
Makes bylaw 15 - delegated powers of committee panels and bylaw 20 - discipline committee. March 8, 2001
OIC 276/2001

 

Other Date
Appoints the first board of the College under the Health Professions Act and orders that the first election of professional members must be held on or before March 1, 2001. December 21, 1999   
MO 424/99

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