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Certification - The action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement.

Health Professions Act (HPA) - An Act governs the practice of regulated health professions, sets out standard processes for colleges for registration, continuing competence, complaints, and discipline and establishes a board that advises the Minister.

Partner college - A regulatory college that regulates more than one profession. Some colleges regulate a single profession, others regulate a number of professions.

Regulation - Is a set of requirements or consistent rules that define how regulated health professions provide ethical and competent service to the public. The recognition of qualifications for the occupation are determined by provincial authority.

Regulatory college - Regulatory colleges are not post-secondary institutions, they are legal entities responsible for serving the public interest by regulating health professions in Alberta. There are 29 regulatory colleges in Alberta.

Title protection - A job title of whom persons who are not registered with the college will be prohibited from using. Granted title(s) which assures the public that the professional they are dealing with is accountable to that regulatory body.