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Becoming a psychologist or psychological associate

So you want to be a psychologist or psychological associate? These can be exciting career choices with a wide variety of specialty areas and opportunities such as clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology and forensic psychology, to name a few. Many students have questions about exactly what they need to do to become a psychologist or psychological associate.


To become a psychological associate you will need an honours bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, which together take a minimum of six years. To become a psychological practitioner, you must apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, a process which requires 4 years of work experience and one year of supervised practice. 

In some provinces, you can be registered to practice as a psychologist with either a masters or doctoral degree.

Once you become a psychologist or psychological associate, there are many areas open to you. The Canadian Psychological Association’s brochure, Planning a Career in Psychologywill give you more information on doctoral training in psychology in Canada. Also, please visit the Canadian Psychological Association website’s page, “A Career in Psychology” for more information.

Psychology Programs

MA/PhD training in Psychology.

To view all Psychology University programs across Canada, click here.