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The Fair Registration Practices Act and Regulation applies to more than 70 regulatory bodies that oversee the licensing and certification of more than 170 professions, occupations and trades in Alberta.
Regulatory bodies assess an applicant’s qualifications before determining whether to grant a license or certificate.
- Find out if your profession is regulated.
- Find out if your designated occupation or trade is regulated.
- Learn how to get licensed for these professions, occupations and trades.
Learn more about the Fair Registration Practices Code.
Regulatory bodies must clearly inform applicants of registration:
Regulatory bodies must also
- explain the evaluation process
- where possible, identify supports to help applicants
- ensure assessors or someone in a decision-making role are trained
When rejecting a registration, regulatory bodies must:
- give the decision in writing and include reasons
- explain to the applicant how to access the internal review or appeal process
- have the internal review or appeal heard and reviewed by people who are not part of the original decision
Regulatory bodies must give an interim registration decision within 6 months. The interim registration decision tells an applicant the next steps of the registration process.
Regulatory bodies must let applicants know within a reasonable amount of time if their application is registered or rejected.
Regulatory bodies must report to the Minister of Labour and Immigration on their registration practices to make sure they are:
- procedurally fair
Reports may include a wide variety of information, including:
- requirements for registration
- how the applicants can meet registration requirements
- the number of applications received in a year
- the number of applications approved or rejected for registration
- the number of applicants who are internationally trained or trained elsewhere in Canada
- the number of internal review/appeals
- what training regulatory bodies provides to its assessors
- how long it takes a regulatory body to reach an interim registration decision or a registration decision
The Minister of Labour and Immigration may recommend an audit if reports show continued issues with a regulatory body.
The regulatory body is responsible for all costs associated with an audit.
The Minister of Labour and Immigration may issue a compliance order if a regulatory body fails to comply with the Fair Registration Practices Act. Failure to comply is an offence, and if found guilty, may result in a fine as set out in the Fair Registration Practices Act.
List of regulatory bodies
Alberta Association of Architects
Alberta Association of Landscape Architects
Alberta Boilers Safety Association
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
Alberta College and Association of Opticians
Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists
Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
Alberta College of Optometrists
Alberta College of Paramedics
Alberta College of Pharmacy
Alberta College of Social Workers
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Alberta Dental Association and College
Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board
Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association
Alberta Institute of Agrologists
Alberta Insurance Council
Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council
Alberta Professional Outfitters Society
Alberta Professional Planners Institute
Alberta Securities Commission
Alberta Shorthand Reporters Association
Alberta Society of Professional Biologists
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
Alberta Assessors’ Association
Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
Association of School Business Officials of Alberta
Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta
Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta
Canadian Information Processing Society of Alberta
Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta
College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
College of Alberta Dental Assistants
College of Alberta Denturists
College of Alberta Psychologists
College of Dental Technologists of Alberta
College of Dietitians of Alberta
College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta
College of Midwives of Alberta
College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta
General Insurance Council
Horse Racing Alberta
Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta
Insurance Adjusters’ Council
Insurance Brokers Association of Alberta
Law Society of Alberta
Life Insurance Council Alberta
Physiotherapy Alberta College + Association
Real Estate Council of Alberta
Safety Codes Council
Society of Local Government Managers of Alberta
Supply Chain Management Association Alberta
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