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Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) certification program has developed eligibility requirements to make the application process impartial for all applicants while ensuring professional competence.

Each requirement serves to ensure individuals certified by the Certification Council have an acceptable level of knowledge and the skills needed to provide applied sport and exercise psychology services as defined in the scope of the CMPC® program. In establishing these requirements, the Council acknowledges both applied experience and demonstrated knowledge are essential to earning the CMPC® credential.

Certification candidates must meet all eligibility requirements established by the Council at the time of application. Candidates cannot become certified without passing the certification exam. 

Candidates can achieve certification via one of two pathways: Standard Application and Experienced Practitioner Application. Complete details regarding the eligibility requirements for each pathway are outlined in the CMPC Certification Program Candidate Handbook.

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Summary of Standard Application Eligibility Requirements

1. DEGREE

Applicants must have earned a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education (or non-US equivalent) in an area clearly related to sport science or psychology.

2. COURSEWORK

Applicants must have completed coursework/educational experiences from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education (or non-US equivalent) for university credit, or courses offered by AASP, to fulfill each of the following knowledge areas: K1**. Professional Ethics and Standards; K2. Sport Psychology; K3. Sport Science; K4. Psychopathology; K5. Helping Relationships; K6. Research Methods and Statistics; K7. Psychological Foundations of Behavior; K8**. Diversity and Culture.

Applicants can email up to two course descriptions/syllabi to aaspcertificationcouncil@gmail.com to get a soft coursework review ahead of formal application submission. It is recommended that you first review the Standard Application Form, which has bulleted lists below each knowledge area. This reference will help you determine what courses you would like reviewed.

Please note 2020 registration is closed for AASP's online courses Professional Ethics & Standards in Sport Psychology (K1) and Diversity & Culture (K8). Both are eligible to satisfy the respective required knowledge areas when applying for CMPC® certification. Learn more about enrollment and the featured topics at the links above. The next courses will be offered in Summer 2021.

3. MENTORED EXPERIENCE

Applicants must have completed a 400-hour mentored experience consisting of a minimum of 200 hours spent in direct client contact, a maximum of 150 hours spent in support activities, and a minimum of 50 hours spent in mentorship (i.e., face-to-face mentorship, electronic mentorship, and live/video session observation). A minimum of 200 hours across these categories must be spent with competitive sport populations. Mentors for the mentored experience must be approved to provide mentorship by the Certification Council. Browse the Registry of Approved Mentors.

4. ETHICS

Applicants must agree to adhere to the principals and standards of the AASP Ethics Code.

5. EXAM

Applicants are eligible to take the exam following approval of the certification application that documents satisfactory completion of the degree, coursework, and mentored experience requirements referenced above. Applicants must have obtained a passing score on the CMPC® Certification Exam before they can be considered certified.

Summary of Experienced Practitioner Application Eligibility Requirements

1.  EDUCATION

Applicants must have earned a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education (or non-US equivalent) in an area clearly related to sport science or psychology.

2. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Applicants must have ten or more years of extensive post-graduation experience (from their qualifying degree – either master’s or doctoral) in applied sport psychology (50% of experiences must have been with sport populations.) This experience requires a substantial amount of work in the provision of services with participants or coaches in sport, exercise, physical activity, military, or other performance settings.

3. KNOWLEDGE OF FIELD

Applicants must have accumulated substantial knowledge and contributed to the professional or public knowledge of the field of sport psychology. This knowledge must be evidenced through participation in activities pre- and/or post-graduation of qualifying master’s or doctoral degree in multiple areas such as sport psychology coursework, attendance in or presentation of professional presentations/seminars on sport psychology at professional meetings, active involvement in sport psychology professional organizations, etc.

4. MENTORSHIP/SUPERVISION

Applicants must submit support/recommendation forms providing evidence of having received mentorship, supervision, and/or peer consultation with regard to the provision of sport psychology services throughout one’s career.

Updated 8/27/20: AASP's Certification Council has issued a second COVID-19 guidance statement for those set to recertify in 2020 and for candidates working on their initial certification and completing mentored applied hours. The first can be viewed here.

5.  ETHICS

Applicants must agree to adhere to the principals and standards of the AASP Ethics Code.

6.  EXAM

Applicants must have obtained a passing score on the CMPC® Certification Exam. Applicants are eligible to take the exam upon Certification Council review and satisfactory completion/approval of the education, professional experience, knowledge of field, and mentorship/supervision requirements referenced above.

Sunsetting of the Experienced Practitioner Eligibility Requirement

This eligibility requirement will sunset on December 31, 2022 unless extended by the Certification Council at that time.