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National School Psychology Certification System

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) created the National School Psychology Certification System (NSPCS) for the purpose of credentialing school psychologists who meet a nationally recognized standard. The NSPCS is open to members of NASP as well as to nonmembers. The administration of the NSPCS is vested under the authority of the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

The NSPCS was developed to create a nationally recognized standard for credentialing school psychologists. A wide range of credentialing requirements exists across states, creating a need to recognize school psychologists who meet national standards. By granting national certification, it is not the intent of the NSPCB to certify school psychologists for employment nor to impose personnel requirements on agencies and organizations. Rather, the intent is to provide a national standard that can be used as a measure of professionalism by interested agencies, groups and individuals. The responsibility for professional integrity and excellence remains with the individual school psychologist. It is further intended that national certification will encourage the continuing professional growth and development of NCSPs and will foster cooperation among groups actively involved in the credentialing of school psychologists.

Specific goals of the NSPCS include the following:

  • To promote uniform credentialing standards across states, agencies and training institutions
  • To monitor the implementation of NASP credentialing standards at the national level
  • To promote continuing professional development (CPD) for school psychologists
  • To facilitate credentialing of school psychologists across states through the use of reciprocity
  • To ensure a consistent level of training and experience in service providers who are nationally certified
  • To promote the utilization of NASP Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology (2000) by training institutions
  • To encourage school psychologists to seek national certification

State Recognition of the NCSP