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Continuing Professional Development Categories

The NCSP CPD Program allows a variety of activities that have potential for enhancing a school psychologist’s knowledge and skills.

With some activities, the participant earns one hour of CPD credit for each contact hour of participation. For these activities, there are no ceiling limits to the number of credits that can be accumulated. Other activity categories have a maximum credit allowance, and there are restrictions on the frequency with which credit can be claimed.

In addition to adhering to the guidelines for documenting CPD activities, NCSPs must also meet the Ethical Practice and Legal Regulation of School Psychology and NASP- or APA-Approved Provider requirements. Those requirements may be met within any CPD activity category and documented as described below.

Category A: Workshops, Conferences, In-Service Training

Credit allowances: This category is defined by professional development activities that involve opportunities for direct instruction and interaction. It includes seminars, workshops, real-time webcasts, and distance learning programs with interactive capabilities. One hour of participation: 1 CPD credit

Maximum credit: None

Required documentation: Certificate of attendance or Activity Documentation Form. Program flyers, handouts, agendas, and brochures may be used to complete the Activity Documentation Form, but are not accepted forms of documentation.

Category B: College and University Coursework

Credit allowances: This category includes all college or university credit, including both onsite and distance learning courses.

  • One semester hour = 15 CPD credits (e.g., 3 credit course = 45 CPD credits)
  • One quarter hour = 10 CPD credits

Maximum credit: None

Required documentation: Official college or university transcript

Category C: Training and Inservice Activities

Credit allowances: One hour of participation: 1 CPD credit. CPD credit may be claimed once for development and presentation of new workshops or inservice training activities.

Maximum credit: 30 CPD credits

Required documentation: Program flyer, syllabus, or Activity Documentation Form. The hours of CPD credit, date of training, and sponsor must be included in the documentation.

Category D: Research and Publications

Credit allowances: Research and contribution to the professional knowledge base are valuable CPD activities. To claim credit in this category, it is necessary for the participant to reasonably estimate the amount of time spent and claim those actual hours up to the maximum specified.

Maximum credit: 25 CPD credits total

  • Empirical research: Up to 10 CPD credits per project
  • Professional publication: Up to 5 CPD credits per project

Required documentation: Activity Documentation Form

Category E: Supervision of Graduate Students

Credit allowances: For purposes of CPD credit, field supervisors of school psychology interns should consider the extent to which this activity leads to professional growth on the part of the supervisor.

  • Supervision of one intern for one academic year: Up to 10 CPD credits
  • Supervision of one practicum student per semester: Up to 5 CPD credits

Maximum credit: 20 CPD credits

Required documentation: Activity Documentation Form

Category F: Supervised Experience

Credit allowances: NASP advocates that school psychologists engage in supervision to promote their own professional growth and exemplary professional practices. The supervised experiences may occur as part of a planned and sequential program on the job or in settings outside the school psychologist’s regular job setting. For CPD credit, the supervised experience should lead to professional growth and new knowledge and skills.

  • One hour per month: Up to 10 CPD credits
  • Two hours per month: Up to 20 CPD credits

Maximum credits: 20 CPD credits

Required documentation: Activity Documentation Form signed by mentor or supervisor

Category G: Program Planning/Evaluation

Credit allowances: Credit for program planning and evaluation may be claimed when planning, implementing, and evaluating a new program, but not for maintenance and evaluation of an ongoing program.

  • One hour of participation: 1 CPD credit

Maximum credits: Maximum of 25 CPD credits.

Required documentation: Activity Documentation Form

Category H: Self-Study

Credit allowances: Two types of self-study are valid for CPD credit:

Formal structured programs are self study programs developed and published to provide training in specific knowledge or skill areas, including, for example, NASP online modules. A test is typically given at the end of the program and often a certificate of completion is issued. This could also include a course taken on the Internet.

Informal self-study involves systematically studying a topic of interest by reviewing the literature and becoming familiar with the available resources. Included in this category are the reading of books, journals, and manuals.

One hour of participation in either type: 1 CPD credit

Maximum credits: 25 CPD credits

Required documentation: Certificate of completion or Activity Documentation Form (listing at least four resources used for each informal self-study topic)

Category I: Professional Organization Leadership

Credit allowances: A school psychologist may earn CPD credit for holding a position in a local, state, or national professional school psychology organization.

Officer, board position, committee chair: 5 CPD credits per position

Maximum credit: A maximum 10 CPD credits are allowed every three years.

Required documentation: Activity Documentation Form