Consultation and Timeline
ACTA will work with Alberta Health to complete the draft policy work to support regulation for the new College. Alberta Health will consult with stakeholders on the draft policy work in the future.
Stakeholders may include practitioner associations, educational institutions, other colleges within the Health Professions Act, other government departments, insurance providers and employers. Stakeholders will be provided with the draft policy work, as well as the proposed Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and asked for feedback. Alberta Health will work with ACTA to make any necessary changes to these documents based on the feedback received.
The policy and regulation will need Cabinet approval. The timelines for these processes are uncertain and will need to be determined at a future date.
Cabinet will set a Proclamation date in consultation with ACTA for the opening of CCTA. The opening date of the College is uncertain, but likely to occur sometime between fall 2019 and fall 2020.
There are three registration routes: Expedited, Intermediate, and Regular. Expedited and Intermediate routes fall under a process commonly referred to as "grandparenting." These routes will facilitate registration of practitioners already in the field. Expedited will occur before the College opens, and Intermediate will occur for a two year period after proclamation of the new College. The Regular route
is the ongoing process of registration for individuals new to the field.
Qualified practitioners will possess an approved certification. They will also have a minimum of 750 currency hours in the 3 years prior to applying, and 450 direct client hours over their career.
ACTA has assessed the current certifications of FACT-Alberta organizations and addictions counsellors in the province, to determine which ones meet the requirements for entry-to-practice competencies. Associations were provided an opportunity to review this information and provide feedback to ACTA before the opening of the Expedited Route.
Associations will notify members who have the approved certifications when the registration for the Expedited Route has opened. This information will also be posted on the ACTA and FACT-Alberta websites. Those who also have the required currency and direct client hours will qualify to apply for the Expedited Route.
These practitioners, who include Counselling Therapists, Addictions Counsellors and Child and Youth Care Counsellors with recognized certifications, will apply to ACTA and upon proclamation, will become the first regulated members of CCTA.
It is anticipated that ACTA will open the Expedited Route window in Summer 2019. The window will close prior to the proclamation of the College. As the proclamation date is uncertain, and we are unsure how far in advance we will be aware of this date, we advise professionals who wish to pursue this route to apply as soon as possible after the application process begins.
The Intermediate Route will be available to all practitioners currently working in the field who did not apply through the Expedited Route. It may also include some practitioners who have one of the recognized certifications, but did not receive their certification prior to the closing of the Expedited Route window.
It is important to remember that continuity in the workforce is considered a priority for both the government and the profession. It is essential that the public does not lose access to qualified mental health professionals, and that qualified competent practitioners in the field have a process by which to enter the College.
Applications for the Intermediate Route may be made to the CCTA within the first two years after the College is proclaimed.
The specific educational, training, supervision and examination requirements for this route have been recommended by ACTA and will be finalized when the regulation is approved.
The full criteria for Intermediate Route will be made available prior to the College opening, so that individuals have time to prepare their applications to demonstrate that they meet the entry-to-practice competencies. The College will consider any education, training, and experience that supports a practitioner’s application.
To qualify for Intermediate Route, practitioners will have a minimum of 750 currency hours in the 3 years prior to applying, and 450 direct client hours over their career
Applicants must pass a jurisprudence exam.
The specific educational, training, supervision and examination requirements for this route have been recommended by ACTA. These entry-to-practice requirements will be finalized after the consultation with stakeholders is completed and when Cabinet approves the regulation.
Fees will be in the range of $400-$500 per year for those applying through the Expedited route, which will be at a reduced rate. This will cover the first year of registration in the College.
As a practitioner impacted by these changes, it is imperative that you stay informed. If you belong to one of the practitioner associations with representation on ACTA (a member association of FACT-Alberta), you should receive regular updates through your association. However, we also recommend that you visit the FACT-Alberta website and social media, as well as the soon-to-be-launched ACTA website and social media, for updates.
Most urgently, if you qualify for the Expedited Route (which you will be informed of by your association in the coming months), you will need to be aware of when registration begins - so you may apply for membership to ACTA and become one of the first registrants of CCTA. Again, staying connected to your association and the FACT-Alberta/ACTA websites will provide you with this information as soon as it is available.
We hope that this information is helpful and answers many of the questions that are being posed at this time, even though there are still many details and timelines yet to be established.
The Directors of ACTA will continue to work diligently on your behalf, just as we have done under the banner of FACT-Alberta for the past four years. A smooth transition is in the best interest of both the public and practitioners and this will be our goal as we move forward together.
See the Infographic and Regulation Update for download on this page for more information.