Regulated Occupations

What are regulated occupations?

Regulated occupations require registration with a professional regulatory organization to ensure you meet standards of practice. The requirements to practice your profession may be very different in Alberta. Professional registration may require assessment of your education and your English language ability as well as the completion of national exams. Some organizations may allow you to challenge an examination or meet other requirements when you apply for licensure. It may take weeks, months or even years to become registered to work in your occupation. This may also be affected by your occupation, your training and the country where you got your education.

If you are a certified worker in Canada, the process for recognition in Alberta should be more straightforward if the occupation is regulated in both provinces and territories, and there are no labour mobility exceptions.

Some occupations in Alberta may be classified differently than in other countries or provinces and may require different qualifications. For example, if you were a building scientist, try looking under Engineer and Engineering Technologist to see how the occupations compare. Take a look at our National Occupational Classification (NOC) video tutorial to look for job titles and find the description that most closely matches your occupation.

List of regulated occupations

We've compiled a list of some regulated occupations in Alberta, along with information on regulatory organizations responsible for licensure in those occupations. For many, there is also a summary of the certification process. The Alberta Learning and Information Service (ALIS) also has more information about licensure requirements in regulated occupations.

Regulated Occupations

Engineering, Architectural, Industrial and Natural Sciences
Health, Dental and Emergency Services


College & Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta
Acupuncturist Registration Process (PDF)


Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Audiologist Registration Process (PDF)


Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
Chiropractor Registration Process (PDF)

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist

Alberta College of Combined Laboratory & X-Ray Technologists
Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist Registration Process (PDF)

Dental Assistant

College of Alberta Dental Assistants
Dental Assistant Registration Process (PDF)

Dental Hygienist

College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
Dental Hygienist Registration Process

Dental Technologist/Technician

College of Dental Technologists of Alberta
Dental Technologist/Technician Registration Process (PDF)


Alberta Dental Association and College
Dentist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Alberta Denturists
Denturist Registration Process (PDF)

Dietitian/Registered Nutritionist

College of Dietitians of Alberta
Dietitian Accreditation Process (PDF)

Emergency Medical Personnel

Alberta College of Paramedics
Emergency Medical Personnel Registration Process (PDF)

Hearing Aid Practitioner

College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta
Hearing Aid Practitioner Registration Process (PDF)

Medical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists
Electroneurophysiology Technologist Registration Process (PDF)
Magnetic Resonance Technologist Registration Process (PDF)
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Registration Process (PDF)
Radiation Therapist Registration Process (PDF)
Radiological Technologist Registration Process (PDF)

Medical Laboratory Technologist

College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta
Medical Laboratory Technologist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Midwives of Alberta
Registered Midwife Registration Process (PDF)
Email: Alberta's registrar for midwives

Nurse – Licensed Practical

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
Licensed Practical Nurse Accreditation Process (PDF)

Nurse – Psychiatric

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
Registered Psychiatric Nurse Registration Process (PDF)

Nurse – Registered

College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
Registered Nurse Registration Process (PDF)

Occupational Therapist

Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Opticians of Alberta
Optician Registration Process (PDF)


Alberta College of Optometrists
Optometrist Registration Process (PDF)


Alberta College of Pharmacists
Pharmacist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
General Practitioner/Family Physician Licensing Process (PDF)
Specialist Physician Licensing Process (PDF)

Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist

Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association
Physical Therapist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
Podiatrist Registration Process (PDF)


College of Alberta Psychologists
Psychologist Registration Process (PDF)

Respiratory Therapist

College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
Respiratory Therapist Registration Process (PDF)

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Speech-Language Pathologist Registration Process (PDF)