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Professional Ethics Course

Professional Ethics and Standards in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Online Course: June 8 - October 1, 2020

*Registration is closed for the 2020 course. Next year's enrollment will open April 1, 2021.

For the ninth consecutive year, AASP is partnering with West Virginia University (WVU) to offer a distance-learning course fulfilling the required knowledge area, K1: Professional Ethics and Standards of the CMPC Certification requirements.  The program, which begins the week of June 8, is specifically geared to examine important ethical and legal issues that sport and exercise psychology professionals often encounter in their work as teachers, researchers, and practitioners. 

Dr. Brandonn Harris, Program Director and Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Georgia Southern University and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC), will be the featured instructor.  A final online exam will end the course. Tuition for the course is $995.


  • Introduction to ethics
  • Who are you? Competence, credentialing and the impaired professional/student
  • Multiple relationships/attraction 
  • Research and teaching 
  • Diversity issues 
  • The law and the practice of Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Psychological assessment and testing 
  • Financial concerns in practice and business: Marketing your services
  • Obligations to clients and protecting sensitive information: Confidentiality and privacy

The source material and textbook for this course is Ethical Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Etzel & Watson, 2014).

Please Note: This course is for continuing education and fulfills AASP prerequisites for certification, but is NOT offered for college or graduate credit.


  • April 1: Registration Opens
  • June 1: Registration Closes
  • June 8: Course Begins
  • September 11: Online Course End Date (13 weeks)
  • September 18: Online Exam Open
  • October 1: Course Complete


  • Students will be able to access online course content at any time once they receive course access instructions.
  • Course access instructions will be sent to students prior to the start of the course. They will have a WVU login to access the course.
  • The course is self-paced.
  • The course was built online, so it is neither pre-recorded nor live; all the course material is online for students to read and interact with the instructor and other students.
  • The instructor will primarily interact with students via the website in text. He is also available by phone and email on an as-needed basis. 
  • An online comprehensive exam will be open for an announced, limited period of time.
  • Students who pass the exam will be provided with a certificate of completion.

2020 course registration is available through June 1, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact AASP headquarters at