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Benefits of Certification

Learn more about applicant eligibility requirements for becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) and access application forms on the How to Apply page of the AASP website.

The CMPC® certification program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Certification promotes quality

  • Certification helps the public understand the importance of using mental performance consultants who have the background and training to provide quality services. 
  • AASP and the Certification Council have a strong commitment to support quality among mental performance consultants, and each person working in the field has a professional obligation to become certified and promote certification with our colleagues and students.
  • Certification provides a system through which experienced consultants can be recognized as having passed a rigorous examination. 
  • AASP certification is a prerequisite to being placed on the USOC Registry that allows mental performance consultants to work with U.S. Olympic athletes and teams. 

Learn about CMPC® certification

Certification provides a quality service to the public

  • Individuals can go to the AASP website to find a qualified CMPC® to meet their needs and to better understand the qualifications they should look for when selecting a consultant.
  • Each professional who wants to promote AASP and applied sport psychology has a professional obligation to this public service function of certification. 

Certification helps increase consulting opportunities for CMPCs

  • As more people become certified, AASP’s marketing efforts will become more meaningful and effective.
  • As certified consultants become more visible:
    • Consumers will learn that sport psychology has something beneficial to offer them (e.g., help them perform better, enhance enjoyment, increase adherence, improve interpersonal relationships, reduce injuries, and promote healing). 
    • Individuals seeking consultation will look for a sport/performance exercise psychology consultant who is CMPC® certified.

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