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.
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||Date|
|Propose amendments to Psychologists Regulation to better align it to the Health Professions Act model (shared scope of practice and restricted activities), add school psychologists as a limited class of registrants under the College of Psychologists and remove several exceptions for use of the title “psychologist” by non-registrants of the College of Psychologists. Additionally, minor amendments are proposed to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform psychologist and school psychologist restricted activities (unless authorized).||Dec 14, 2018|
|Approved Regulation Amendments||Date|
|Makes the Psychologists Regulation, effective October 17, 2008.||October 15, 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
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
BC Reg 153/2007
|Amends the Psychologists Regulation to add two reserved titles: "psychological associate" and "registered psychological associate".||December 19, 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
BC Reg 270/2002
|Makes the Transitional Regulation for the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.||March 9, 2001
BC Reg 48/2001
|Brings into force the repeal of the Psychologists Act, effective January 1, 2000.||December 17, 1999
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
BC Reg 442/99
|Filed Bylaw Amendments||Date|
|Amends Schedule F – Code of Conduct of the college bylaws to replace gendered language with gender-neutral language||Filed March 16, 2021
In force May 17, 2021
|Amends college bylaw sections 42, 43, 49,49.1 and 59 regarding temporary emergency registration.||Filed April 20, 2020
In force April 21, 2020
|Amends the college bylaws by repealing and replacing sections throughout the entire set of bylaws.||Filed September 28, 2017
In force November 27, 2017
|Amends the college bylaws by repealing and replacing forms in schedules B, D and G.||Filed September 26, 2014
In force November 25, 2014
|Amends the college bylaws by repealing schedules by repealing and replacing Part 4 regarding registration; adding Part 4.1 regarding quality assurance; repealing Schedules A and E; repealing and replacing Schedule C regarding fees, Schedule F regarding the Code of Conduct, and Schedule H regarding program evaluation; adding Schedule H.1 regarding areas of practice; and making miscellaneous other amendments.||Filed July 28, 2014
In force September 1, 2014
|Amends the college bylaws respecting terms of office for elected board members and filling vacancies in elected board positions.||Filed November 7,
In force November 14,
|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
|Amends various provisions in Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws.||November 2, 2006
|Amends section 31 of the bylaws regarding resolutions at general meetings.||December 22, 2005
|Amends subsections 1.2 and 9.7 of Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws.||October 21, 2005
|Amends the title of subsection 4.3 of Schedule F (Code of Conduct) of the bylaws.||April 28, 2005
|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
|Amends the bylaws regarding the composition of six committees.||June 17, 2004
|Amends the bylaws to repeal sections 9(16) and 32(9) respecting procedures to be followed at board meetings.||June 16, 2004
|Amends Schedule C of the bylaws to increase the fees for registration renewal.||November 27, 2003
|Makes the new bylaws of the College.||February 21, 2002
|Makes bylaw 15 - delegated powers of committee panels and bylaw 20 - discipline committee.||March 8, 2001
|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