The College of Psychologists of Ontario is the governing body for psychological practitioners, Psychologists and Psychological Associates, in Ontario. The College is not a university, school or community college; its mandate is to protect the public interest by monitoring and regulating the practice of psychology.
Through the participation of the public and the profession, the College ensures the delivery of competent, ethical and professional psychological services from qualified providers.
The Council of the College consists of ten professional members elected or appointed by the profession from across the province and five to eight members of the public appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The Council sets policies and provides leadership and direction. The Council meets four times a year and meetings are open to the public.
The structure of the College reflects its varied roles in fulfilling its public protection mandate. Through its Committees, the College carries out its various responsibilities:
- Setting requirements for entry to practice and administering the oral and written registration examinations;
- Registering qualified Psychologists and Psychological Associates;
- Setting and monitoring practice standards and ethical behaviour of the profession;
- Administering the Quality Assurance program and ensuring continued competence of the profession;
- Providing educational materials and information to the public and the profession regarding the practice of psychology;
- Investigating complaints and addressing concerns about the quality of service delivered or the professional conduct of the practitioner.
As responsible members of the profession, Psychologists and Psychological Associates adhere to the Standards of Professional Conduct of the College and are accountable to the public to provide ethical and competent services.