Final Report of the APA Task Force on the Assessment of Competence in Professional Psychology

October 2006

Educational programs are expected to produce competence, professional credentialing bodies are expected to certify individuals as competent, policy makers laud competence, and consumers increasingly demand it. In addition, as professions are regulated to ensure public protection, we have a responsibility to ensure via education, training and ongoing lifelong assessment that practicing psychologists and future generations of psychologists provide quality and safe psychological services.

Competency assessment strategies facilitate the determination of what one knows, if one knows how, if one shows how and how one does. Therefore, the assessment of competence throughout the training and career of a professional psychologist is valuable in many respects.

To this end, it is timely for professional psychology to embrace not only a culture of competence, but also a culture of the assessment of competence.

The Final Report of the APA Task Force on the Assessment of Competence in Professional Psychology offers an examination of types and principles of assessment models, illustrative examples of assessment models from other health professions and an overview of where psychology as a profession is today in the area of assessment models.