April 3, 2017
The Interim Certification Council (ICC) writes this message to keep you informed about upcoming changes related to AASP's Certification Program. As per our last communication to the membership, you know that we have been working diligently to transition to a new certification program. Since the previous communication to the membership (February 2017), we have tackled three additional issues.
Nominating Committee. The Certification Council Nominating Committee of Vanessa Shannon, Duncan Simpson, and Robin Vealey put out a call for AASP members to nominate others or self-nominate to be part of the permanent Certification Council (4 members who are also CC-AASP and one community member). Beyond the open call, they invited several individuals to self-nominate for membership on the council with the hope of having a large and diverse group from which to choose. Bart Lerner will be working over the coming weeks to encourage Fellows to self-nominate for positions on the council and will guide the Fellows through the selection process for Fellows to serve on the council (4 Fellows who are also CC-AASP).
Certification Exam. As stated in our previous message, in consultation with two psychometricians, a 100-item exam was developed based on the Job Task Analysis (JTA). The psychometricians have conducted a criterion-referenced passing score evaluation to help identify an appropriate passing score for exam takers. Determination of the official passing score for the exam will be one of the first tasks undertaken by the permanent Certification Council.
Mentored Experience. In addition to coursework, documentation confirming a 400-hour mentored experience will be required of those individuals who apply to sit for the certification exam. These requirements go into effect October 1, 2017 and are as follows:
Minimum of 400 hours of mentored experience:
(1) A minimum of 200 hours of the total 400 hours must be spent in direct client contact:
(2) A maximum of 150 hours of the total 400 hours can be spent in support activities:
(3) A minimum of 50 hours of the total 400 hours must pertain to mentorship:
In addition, since our last member update, members of the ICC have been contacted by a number of prospective applicants asking about the similarities and differences in coursework requirements between the original certification system and the updated certification eligibility requirements. To address these questions on a larger scale, please review the information below.
The Job Task Analysis AASP conducted in 2015 and 2016 revealed a number of knowledge areas in which practicing consultants should develop competence. They identified 8 areas: K1: Sport Psychology Professional Ethics and Standards; K2: Sport Psychology; K3: Sport Science; K4: Psychopathology; K5: Helping Relationships; K6: Statistics and Research Methods; K7: Psychological Foundations; and K8: Diversity & Culture (to be implemented in June 2018). In each of those areas, a single university for-credit experience is required. As with the old certification program, a number of those requirements must be fulfilled by graduate courses/experiences.
If you're comparing the old program to the new program:
A minimum of one course/educational experience completed for university credit is required for each of the knowledge areas in order to be approved to sit for the exam. It is expected that the course/educational experience will be of sufficient length, breadth, and depth as that of a 3-credit semester course/educational experience in the U.S. higher educational system. However, it is likely that more than a single course in each area will be needed to adequately prepare you to pass the exam.
One other change will be the elimination of the provisional CC-AASP status. Master’s and Doctoral level candidates will no longer have separate paths for certification but will all be required to complete the same requirements mentioned above (coursework, mentored experience, and exam) to become a CC-AASP.
Finally, we understand that members may have additional questions regarding the new CC-AASP Certification Program and the information contained herein. This is an enormous undertaking and a significant transition for our organization. The ICC will continue to send out updates about the new certification program. Please feel free to contact members of the ICC at any time to discuss the new certification program using the contact information below.
Interim Certification Council