Professional Regulation Services

Different Alberta Regulatory Organizations

Many occupations in Alberta are regulated by a professional body.  These professions / regulatory bodies include:

  • Acupuncturists – College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta 
  • Audiologists – Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists 
  • Chiropractors – Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors  
  • Combined Laboratory and X-ray Technologists – Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists 
  • Dental Assistants – College of Alberta Dental Assistants 
  • Dental Hygienists – College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta 
  • Dental Technologists – College of Dental Technologists of Alberta 
  • Dentists – Alberta Dental Association and College 
  • Denturists – College of Alberta Denturists 
  • Dietitians – College of Dietitians of Alberta 
  • Hearing Aid Practitioners – College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta 
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta 
  • Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists – Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists 
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists – College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta 
  • Midwives – College of Midwives of Alberta 
  • Naturopaths – College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta 
  • Occupational Therapists – Alberta College of Occupational Therapists 
  • Opticians – College of Opticians of Alberta
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What are Employees Obligated to Do?

If you are found guilty of professional misconduct, that could mean many negative things for you, including:

  • Loss of your job
  • Loss of license to practice your profession (suspension or revocation)
  • Loss of personal and professional reputation
  • Being forced to pay a fine or even for the cost of an investigation and hearing
  • Having a reprimand decision published with your name on it

If you have been advised that a complaint has been made against you to your professional body, you should get in contact with us and let us help you as soon as you can. In these situations, we can help you:

  • Navigate the process of being investigated by your employer or professional body;
  • Fight charges against you by your professional body;
  • Negotiate a penalty deal with your professional body, rather than going to a full hearing.

Cautionary Notes

  • Failing to cooperate with an investigation into your professional behavior by your regulatory body can make things much worse in some cases.  If the professional body decides after a hearing to sanction or penalize you, your willingness or failure to cooperate during the investigation can be the difference between a lenient punishment and a harsh one
  • With the right legal guidance, there are often steps a professional can take to reduce the likelihood of a harsh punishment by the professional body for misconduct.  Let us help you.

Professional Regulation FAQ

  • Someone made a complaint to my professional college about me. What should I do?

    If you have a complaint of professional misconduct against you, chances are your employment is in jeopardy and your professional college is investigating as well. You should speak to an employment lawyer right away to help you through this.


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