NCSP Frequently Asked Questions

How do I determine whether my program is a NASP-approved program or a non-NASP-approved program?

Access a list of NASP-approved programs to determine this. You can also see the years the programs became approved. NASP approval status can also be viewed on the School Psychology Program Information page.

I will graduate from a NASP-approved program this year. What do I need to do to qualify for the NCSP?

Graduates of NASP-Approved school psychology graduate programs qualify for the NCSP credential when applying within 10 years of completing the program (effective January, 2016). Applicants must complete and submit the application and all necessary forms, submit an official copy of graduate transcripts, and register for and complete the Praxis School Psychologist Exam administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The current passing score is 147.  When registering for the exam, list NASP as a score recipient by using the code “1549.” If you do not list NASP as a score recipient when you take the exam, an additional fee will be charged by ETS to have the score sent to NASP. 

I completed a NASP-approved program more than 10 years ago. Can I still apply as a graduate of a NASP-approved program?

Effective January 1, 2016, those applying for the NCSP as a graduate of a NASP-approved school psychology program must submit their application within 10 years of completing the program. If you completed a NASP-approved program before January 2006, you will need to submit application materials for the NCSP by December 31, 2015 to apply as a graduate of a NASP-approved program. If you wait until January 1, 2016 or later, you will need to apply as a graduate of a non-NASP-approved program.

I will graduate from a program that is not approved by NASP. I no longer have course descriptions or syllabi. How can I get that information?

Contact the current program director of the graduate program, as your program should have the necessary information on file. Also, most universities and colleges keep copies of past university bulletins or catalogs on file in their libraries. Check with your university to see what documentation you can retrieve.

My program lost NASP approval prior to my graduation. Can I still use the NASP-Approved application?

No, you must use the application for graduates of non-NASP-approved programs. The application process is based on the status of the program at the time of your graduation

When I graduated, my program was not approved by NASP. It is now approved. Can I follow the steps for graduates of NASP-Approved programs? 
  • If you graduated no more than one calendar year prior to the effective date of the NASP approval, please obtain a letter from the program director stating that the program you completed was substantially similar to the one currently offered. If there were any differences, the letter must also state how you made up these differences. You may submit this letter with your other application materials.
  • If you graduated more than one calendar year before approval, you must follow the steps listed for graduates of non-approved programs.

Access a list of NASP-approved programs to find out what year a became approved.

I completed a graduate program in school psychology but my transcript does not list my degree as school psychology. Am I eligible to obtain the NCSP certification?

Yes; however, you must provide documentation that your graduate program was an organized graduate preparation program in school psychology. Include a copy of the page(s) from the graduate school catalog in effect when you graduated that describes your program as school psychology with your application.

My field placement supervisor and/or university supervisor no longer works at the institution where I completed my placement and I am unable to locate him/her. What should I do?

Your university program director should have the necessary material on file to verify your internship supervision. Ask your program director to write a letter explaining the situation and include it with your application. Your program director may sign for your supervisor on the necessary forms. If your program director no longer works at the institution, please have the current program director review your materials and verify your internship.

When I completed my internship, my program required less than 1,200 hours. How can I meet the 1,200-hour requirement?
If you are currently working in a school setting, it is suggested that the individual contact the program director, preferably of a NASP-approved program, enroll in an internship seminar at the university and have a credentialed school psychologist supervise you in your district. The internship must be documented on an institutional transcript and the university must provide supervision. The internship must be consistent with the Standards for the Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists that are in effect as of the date your application is received by the NASP office.  
I am an International student, am I eligible for the NCSP

International Students generally are not eligible for the NCSP unless they can prove how their degree program and supervised experiences align with the NASP Standards.

I am certified as a school psychologist by my state. Do I need to complete a separate process to become an NCSP?

Yes, it is necessary to apply separately for the NCSP credential. Holding a state credential is not equivalent to or interchangeable with the national credential offered by NASP. 

Do I need be licensed or certified in my state before I apply for the NCSP?

No, you are not required to hold your state license prior to applying for the NCSP.

I completed my program prior to the NCSP being instituted. Am I eligible for “grandparenting,” as some of my colleagues were?

The "grandparenting" option was available only when the NCSP was instituted. It required the completion of the application and the national exam by December 31, 1988. If you did not apply during this period, you must apply under the standards in place at the time of your application.

The certification application asks me to send in my transcripts. Do you want my undergraduate information?

No, please submit only official sealed transcripts from your school psychology graduate program. You do not need to submit your undergraduate transcripts.

How can I check the status of my NCSP application?

You can check the status of your certification and if your Praxis scores are on file by logging in to the website and clicking “Manage Your Account.”  You can also contact us at, (866) 331-NASP or (301) 657-0210. 

How long does it take to process applications?

NASP-Approved Programs
Applications from graduates of NASP-Approved programs typically take about 4 weeks to process. It may take up to 8 weeks during the summer due to the volume of applications. 

Non-Approved Programs
Applications from graduates of non-NASP-approved programs are reviewed twice annually and can take several months to complete. The application deadlines are:

  • Summer Review: May 1
  • Winter Review: November 1

The NCSP Board meets twice yearly (typically August and January) to review applications from graduates of non-NASP-approved programs. Once a decision has been made regarding your application, you will receive a written letter from the NASP office that may (if applicable) include feedback from reviewers.

What happens once my application has been processed and approved?

After your application has been approved, you will receive a congratulatory email within 24 hours. The email will provide a link where you may download an NCSP Certificate and Certification Card until you receive an envelope in the mail containing a congratulatory letter and certificate.

Do you frame certificates?

For an additional fee, NASP offers a variety of frames that arrive with your NCSP certificate professionally matted and embossed with the official NCSP seal. 

Renew Your NCSP

What is my renewal date and what happens if I renew early?

Your NCSP certification renewal date is available by logging in to the website and clicking “Manage Your Account” (located at the top right of the page). You have the option of renewing at the end of your three-year period OR you can renew any time upon completing 75 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) credits.

If you renew prior to the month in which your renewal is due, your certification will expire 3 years later on the last day of the month in which you renew. By renewing early, you can apply future CPD activities toward your next renewal cycle. Keep in mind that you can only claim CPD obtained within 36 months of your renewal application. 

How do I renew if my NCSP has already expired?

You have up to 3 years to renew your NCSP credential after it has expired by submitting the renewal documentation and paying the appropriate renewal and late fees. If your NCSP is not renewed during the 3-year period following expiration you must reapply for the NCSP and meet current standards.

Keep in mind that if your NCSP has expired, you are unable to identif yourself in any manner (e.g., in reports or business cards) as holding the NCSP credential.

What are the fees for NCSP renewal?

Renewal fees are $99 every three years for NASP members and $199 for nonmembers. Late fees apply and increase on a graduated basis over time.

Late fee schedule:

Months Since Exp. DateMemberNonmember
>1 and ≤ 6 $16 $33
>6 and ≤ 12 $33 $66
>12 and ≤ 18 $49 $99
>18 and ≤ 24 $66 $132
>24 and ≤ 30 $82 $165
>30 and ≤ 36 $99 $199

NASP members save $100 on their renewal fees and even more on late fees. Consider joining NASP today.

What do I need to know about the NCSP renewal audits?

NCSPs are required to maintain proper documentation of their CPD activities but are not required to submit documentation of CPD credits unless their applications are selected for an audit. Approximately 10% of renewing NCSPs are randomly selected for documentation audits and are notified in writing. This notification may be sent at any time after the individual renews his or her NCSP credential. It is recommended that applicants maintain documentation for the duration of their 3-year cycles.

An individual selected for audit has 60 calendar days from the date of the notice to submit documentation verifying that they have met all CPD requirements. The NCSP credential will be considered expired if the individual fails to respond within the 60-day time limit.

Once the documentation of credits has been received and processed, the applicant will be notified of the audit results. If it is determined that the documentation has any deficiencies, the applicant will be given 60 calendar days to correct this deficiency. Any deficiency not corrected within the 60-day period will result in the immediate expiration of the NCSP credential.

Documentation submitted for an audit will not be returned. Copies of the documentation are acceptable; please do not submit your originals.

Questions? Contact the NASP Certification department.

Do I have to be a NASP member to obtain the NCSP?

You do not need to be a NASP member to qualify for or maintain the NCSP designation, although membership in your professional association signifies your commitment to professional standards of practice. Maintaining membership in your professional association is an important obligation for a career professional.

Join NASP today to save money, earn CPD credits and gain a professional advantage

Does my state recognize the NCSP?

The majority of states recognize the NCSP. You can view a list and other reasons to become an NCSP.

What is the difference between my member number and my certification number?

Your member or account number, a 6-digit number, is the number associated with your account with NASP. If you are a NASP member you can find this number on your NASP membership card and the Communiqué or School Psychology Review mailing labels.

Your certification number, a 5-digit number, is located on your certification renewal forms.

How can I get a new certification renewal confirmation letter or certificate?

You can access your NCSP card and certificate or request an e-mail verifying your NCSP status from the NASP website. You also may request a new certification renewal confirmation letter by contacting us at, (866) 331-NASP, (310) 657-0270, or NASP, Certification Department, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814

CPD Requirements for NCSP Renewal

Is there a way to check how many continuing professional development credits I have accumulated so far?

NASP does not have or maintain a CPD bank. The burden is on the individual to maintain supporting documentation so they have it in one place and readily available when it is time for their renewal.

What are the current CPD requirements for NCSP renewal?

Briefly, 75 hours of CPD activities are required every 3 years. Additional requirements include the need for 10 of the 75 CPDs required for renewal to be from NASP- or APA-approved providers and 3 hours of CPD regarding ethical practice and/or the legal regulation of school psychology during each 3-year renewal period.

See NASP's CPD Guidelines for more detailed information.

Do CPD activities have to include content within the NASP domains of training and practice?

Aside from the 3-hour requirement in legal regulation or ethical practice, school psychologists are not required to engage in professional development in specific content areas.

Professional Support Renewal Requirement

Why is this new requirement imposed?

This requirement is based on the 2010 credentialing standards approved by NASP. Specifically, Standard 6.2 states:
“For initial renewal of the NCSP credential, there should be evidence of having successfully completed a minimum of 1 academic year of professional support from a mentor or supervisor. For professional practice within a school setting, supervision or mentoring shall be provided by a credentialed school psychologist with a minimum of three years of experience. For any portion of the experience that is accumulated in a nonschool setting, supervision or mentoring shall be provided by a psychologist appropriately credentialed for practice in that setting. Supervision and/or mentoring conducted either individually or within a group for a minimum average of 1 hour per week is recommended.” (p. 10).

As the standards officially took effect January 1, 2016, this new requirement affects any individual applying for the NCSP credential after this date.

What are the qualifications for the mentor/supervisor?

For professional practice within a school setting, supervision or mentoring shall be provided by a credentialed school psychologist with a minimum of three years of experience. For any portion of the experience that is accumulated in a nonschool setting, supervision or mentoring shall be provided by a psychologist appropriately credentialed for practice in that setting.

Does the mentor/supervisor need to hold the NCSP?


Is there guidance on how to establish professional support relationships?

The Guidance for Postgraduate Mentorship and Professional Support provides a range of suggestions and recommendations for establishing effective professional support relationships. Note that none of the guidance provided in this document should be construed as requirements toward the renewal of the NCSP.

What if I obtained my NCSP and I work in an academic setting where no credentials are required for practice?

The mentor or supervisor must have whatever credentials are required for the setting in which the mentorship or supervision occurs. In this case, the mentor or supervisor can be another faculty member or colleague, and a specific credential is not required if such credentials are not required for employment in that setting.

I’ve been working in the field for over 10 years, although just obtained my NCSP. Do I still need to meet this requirement? I supervise others, so it seems unreasonable for me to seek supervision or mentorship.

Yes, any new NCSP that applies after January 1, 2016 must meet this requirement.

Do we have to meet every week with our mentor?

No. The standard recommends meeting an average of one hour per week, although this is only a suggestion.

I received my NCSP before January 1, 2016. Do I need to meet this requirement?

No, this only applies for new NCSP candidates that apply on or after January 1, 2016.

Can this professional support be provided online?

The standard does not preclude the use of the web or other technologies to facilitate the professional support.