GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
1. Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D. in Psychology from a regionally accredited university/institution.
2. License in Clinical, Counseling or Applied Psychology or National Certification (Ph.D./Psy.D. level NAMP Psychologist).
3. Ph.D. level Research, Applied or Academic Psychologist.
SPECIFIC EDUCATION, RESEARCH or TRAINING in SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
1. Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis with a Sport Psychology emphasis.
2. Official Sport Psychology emphasis within a Psychology Doctoral program or Master's degree in Sport Psychology.
3. Publication of at least 1 article on Sport Psychology in a recognized peer-review journal in Psychology or related field.
4. Completion of a recognized certification program in Sport Psychology including the American Board of Sport Psychology certification and continuing education program, the AAASP certification program and other programs that will be evaluated by the board of directors of the ABSP.
EXPERIENCE In and PRACTICE Of SPORT PSYCHOLOGY
1. Completion of a 6 month supervised ABSP approved practicum (post-doc.) in Sport Psychology (experience for recent doctoral graduates can arranged by the ABSP and with at-a-distance supervision).
2. Evidence of at least 1 year (post-doctoral) experience working with clients in Sport Psychology or 3 years post-Master's experience(experienced practitioners).
3. Evidence of having taught/practiced/coached Sport Psychology for at least 1 year (post-doc.) in an accredited institution of higher learning. High School through University teaching experience will be considered [or 3 years post-Master's provided a practitioners M.A./M.S. is in psychology or a related field], as well as having instructed (1 year post-doctoral)in alternative learning programs that are acceptable to the board, or having worked with/coached teams and individual athletes in institutional and private settings.
4. Evidence of engaging in on-going research, consulting, writing on Sport Psychology (post-Doctoral and post-Masters in exceptional cases) as recognized by the board.
5. Outstanding contribution(s) to the field of Applied and Research Sport Psychology as recognized by the board.
6. Having been a highly-skilled (national ranking/rating), elite, olympic or professional athlete or having at least 2 years of varsity experience at minimum NCAA Division 3 level in any sport.
The Board recognizes that elite athletes have practiced self-psychology throughout their careers; and that combined with a doctorate in psychology, psychological experiences as an athlete greatly enhances the ability of a practitioner to apply, teach, and research Sport Psychology; thereby fulfilling the experience requirement of the board.
In addition to the above requirements:
3 Years of Post-Doctoral Practice and Experience and a record of research/publication (all publications including books and magazine articles, including non-peer reviewed publications will be considered by the board).
1 Efficacy study relative to interventions designed to improve performance or 1 published peer-reviewed article on Sport Psychology.
Board Certified Sport Psychologist Examination- passing score of 70% or better
Board Certified Sport Psychologist-Diplomate Examination- passing score of 85% and successful peer-review oral discussion
10 Units every 2 years (must be ABSP approved)
1 ABSP Workshop per year/online and at special meetings
- Review of Credentials- $200.00 non-refundable
- Board Certified Sport Psychologist Examination and Membership fee- $500.00
- Board Certified Diplomate Examination and Membership fee- $600.00; Diplomate Oral Exam- $200.00
- Annual membership fee 2nd Year on- $100.00 (included in examination fee)