For Professionals

For Professionals

Professionals, this is our comprehensive hub for all things related to application and registration, including access to registrant portals, detailed how-to pages, and supporting downloads. 

  • Profession-Specific Information: Access detailed insights and updates pertinent to your profession.
  • Application & Registration: Streamlined guidance to help you through the application or registration process.
  • Related Resources: Quick links to additional information, tools, and support services tailored to your professional needs.

General Information for Registrants & Applicants

Criminal Records

The Criminal Records Review Act requires all regulated health professionals to undergo a criminal record check (CRC). The College facilitates the CRC on behalf of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Program. 

The CRC requirement is intended to help protect children and vulnerable adults from physical, sexual and financial abuse. The College may also use the information obtained via a CRC to determine if applicants and registrants meet the registration requirements for “good character” and “fitness to practise.”

HPC Permit and Incorporation

A health profession corporation (HPC) is a business model that is unique to the Health Professions Act (HPA), and specific regulations apply to it. For some professions, HPCs are regulated by the College and registrants who want to incorporate are required to apply for and maintain an annual health profession corporation permit. For others, the College does not regulate corporations but does specify requirements for naming companies when the company name contains a title restricted under the profession-specific regulation.

Please select the relevant profession above to find out more.

Please note: Staff at the College do not have the expertise and ability to provide business, legal, financial, or tax advice.

Standards of Practice

A “standard” is the minimum level of performance and professional practice required of a health and care professional to ensure service that is ethical and safe for the public. Standards exist to promote, guide, and direct professional practice. Health and care professionals are required to know and adhere to the Standards of Practice of their profession. The standards are enforceable under governing legislation as well as the core competencies for each profession regulated by the College. 

Each profession currently retains specific standards of practice. These can be found the the Practice Resource section for each profession:

CODE OF CONDUCT & Code Of Ethics

The members of each profession regulated by the College of Health and Care Professionals of BC are guided by their Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct. Each code does the following:

  • helps these professionals keep the client’s welfare as the primary concern in all decision making
  • provides you with information about the basic ethical care and services the public can expect from these health and care professionals
  • guides the establishment of standards and guidelines for the professions’ regulatory responsibilities and activities

Each regulated health professional is expected to be familiar with their profession’s code and to integrate it into their day-to-day practice.

Health Professions Act & Regulations

Policies

The College’s policies are guidelines established to regulate the conduct and practices of registrants of the college. These policies are designed to ensure that registrants adhere to professional standards, ethical practices, and legal requirements in their education and training. By upholding these policies, colleges protect the public by ensuring that healthcare providers are competent, ethical, and accountable in their practice. These policies often cover areas such as academic integrity, clinical practice standards, patient confidentiality, and professional behavior, among others.