Apply for NCSP Certification

To qualify for national certification, a school psychologist must meet NASP's established credentialing standards. Graduates of NASP-approved graduate programs benefit from a streamlined application process. Applicants will complete the appropriate application (NASP-Approved or Non-NASP-Approved) based on the NASP-approved status of their programs at the time of graduation. Individuals who successfully meet NASP's Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists may identify themselves as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist or NCSP. Please review the National School Psychology Certification System Procedures Manual for more details on the application and renewal process.

The NASP 2020 Standards have been approved.  These include the Standards for Graduate Preparation, Credentialing, Practice Model, and Ethics.  For the purposes of an application for the NCSP, the NCSP Board will continue using the current rubrics that reflect the 2010 credentialing standards  for all submissions through and including 2023. All submissions from May 2024 and thereafter must submit using the new rubrics that reflect changes in the 2020 standards.

We expect to have the new rubrics available in 2023. These will be shared with all programs as well as with reviewers before the 2024 cycles.  We encourage programs and reviewers to review the NASP 2020 Standards.

Note. Effective January 1, 2016, individuals applying for the NCSP credential as a graduate of a NASP-approved program must submit their applications within 10 years of completing the program. Applicants who completed a program more than 10 years ago, regardless of the status of their programs at the time, must apply as graduates of a program without NASP approval.