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How to Apply

To apply for certification via the Standard Application pathway:

  • Complete and submit the CMPC® Standard Application Form by following the instructions provided. All materials must be submitted in one single PDF (except transcripts). Applicants must have earned a master’s or doctoral degree in an area clearly related to sport science or psychology from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education (or non-US equivalent) and completed coursework/educational experiences for university credit, or courses offered by AASP, to fulfill eight 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. Graduate-level credit must be completed in the knowledge areas designated with an asterisk (*).
  • Submit official transcripts from the university/college of qualifying master’s or doctoral degree. The institution should mail all transcripts directly to certification@appliedsportpsych.org.
  • Submit official transcripts from each university/college at which coursework was completed. Inform your institution(s) that secured PDF transcripts should be set to allow "Document Assembly" by AASP.
  • 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 direct knowledge of services). A minimum of 200 hours across these categories must be spent with competitive sport populations. Mentors must be approved to provide mentorship by the Certification Council. Browse the Registry of Approved Mentors.
  • Submit a signed Mentorship Verification Form from each mentor. For more information regarding the mentorship process, please visit the CMPC® Mentorship Guidelines and Best Practice Recommendations and Group Mentoring Policy.
  • Submit a completed and signed Ethical Code statement.
  • Pay the application fee of $375.
  • Applicants are eligible to take the certification exam following the Council’s review and approval of their CMPC® Standard Application Form and accompanying documentation. Approved applicants are required to schedule and take the exam at an approved testing center or via live online proctoring within six months of their application approval. AASP staff will provide instructions on how to schedule the testing date within the email notice of approval. 

To apply for certification via the Experienced Practitioner Application pathway:

  • Complete and submit the CMPC® Experienced Practitioner Application Form by following the instructions provided. All materials must be submitted in a single PDF (except transcripts).
  • Applicants must have ten or more years of extensive post-graduation experience (from their qualifying degree – either master’s or doctoral) in mental performance consulting (50% of experiences must have been with sport populations.)
  • Applicants must have accumulated substantial knowledge and contributed to the professional or public knowledge of the field of sport and performance psychology. This knowledge must be evidenced through participation in activities pre- and/or post-graduation of qualifying degree in multiple areas such as coursework, attendance in/presentation of professional presentations/seminars, professional meetings, active involvement in sport and performance psychology professional organizations, etc.
  • Submit official transcripts from the university/college of qualifying master’s or doctoral degree, which must be in an area of study closely related to sport science or psychology. The institution should mail these directly to certification@appliedsportpsych.org.
  • Submit a curriculum vitae that documents professional experiences and knowledge of the field.
  • Submit employer verification letters (if indicated).
  • Submit a signed Experienced Practitioner Reference Form from three mentors/supervisors/peer consultants (at least one who is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® approved by the Certification Council to provide mentorship).
  • Pay the application fee of $375.
  • Applicants are eligible to take the certification exam following the Council’s review and approval of their CMPC® Experienced Practitioner Application Form and accompanying documentation. Approved applicants are required to schedule and take the exam at an approved testing center or via live online proctoring within six months of their application approval. AASP staff will provide instructions on how to schedule the testing date within the email notice of approval.

For information on applying for recertification, click here.