Recognition of Organizations that Provide Certifications in Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology

Organizations that provide certifications in APA-recognized specialties and proficiencies may apply to be recognized by APA so that individuals with a certification from the organization can have that credential listed in the APA membership directory.

The Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) carries out this recognition process.

Details of the recognition process are included in the Policies and Procedures Manual (PDF, 85KB).

Applications

How to Apply

  1. Review the Criteria for the Recognition of Organizations that Provide Certifications (PDF, 85KB).

  2. Download the application (PDF, 326KB) and gather documentation to meet each of the five criteria. Applicants who would like assistance in completing the application may email the APA Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training or call (202) 336-6079.

  3. Submit the application to Antoinette Minniti. Bookmarked, searchable PDFs are the preferred format.

  4. The application deadline is July 16, 2015. Applications may be submitted for earlier review. Contact Antoinette Minniti for specific deadlines.  


How to Provide Comments

The commission accepts third-party comments about organizations applying for recognition. All third-party comments must state the name of the people or parties represented by each comment. Issues addressed in comments must be limited to the organization's consistency with the Criteria for the Recognition of Organizations that Provide Certifications in Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (PDF, 85KB).

All comments must be in writing and are limited to 10 pages. To process third-party comments in the most efficient manner, comments should be provided within 90 days of the program's date of application. 

Submit comments to Antoinette Minniti.

 

Applicant Organizations

The following list indicates receipt of application for recognition, signaling voluntary application for recognition by the organization noted. The list reflects organizations currently or recently undergoing the review process.

Organization Name Date of Application  Status
n/a n/a n/a

 

Recognized Organizations

The following list indicates approval of application for recognition.

Organization Name Year of Initial Recognition Year of Renewal of Recognition
American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) 2013 2016
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) 2013 2020

 

Status Definitions
  • Under Review
    The organization has not yet received a final decision and no further information on the organization and its stage in the recognition process may be provided. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the organization directly for further details.

  • Recognized
    Organizations that have been judged by the CRSPPP to be consistent substantively and procedurally with the Criteria for the Recognition of Organizations that Provide Certifications in Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology. 

  • Application Voluntarily Withdrawn
    The organization has voluntarily withdrawn its application from the recognition process.

 

Recognition Fees
  • Application Fee: $1,000
    Application fees are for the initial application only. The organization must provide payment with the submission of application for recognition.

  • Annual Fee: $250
    An annual fee is due with the invoice at the beginning of each approval year, starting the year after approval.