NCSP Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Persons completing their school psychology preparation outside the US generally are not eligible for the NCSP unless they can prove how their degree program and supervised experiences align with the NASP Standards.
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.
No, you are not required to hold your state license prior to applying for the NCSP.
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.
No, please submit only official sealed transcripts from your school psychology graduate program. You do not need to submit your undergraduate transcripts.
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 email@example.com, (866) 331-NASP or (301) 657-0210.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Beginning September 1, 2017, NCSP renewal will only be available online. Paper forms will not be accepted after this date.
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.
You have up to 3 years to renew your NCSP credential after it has expired by renewing online 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 identify yourself in any manner (e.g., in reports or business cards) as holding the NCSP credential.
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. Date||Member||Nonmember|
|>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|
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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.
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.
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The majority of states recognize the NCSP. You can view a list and other reasons to become an NCSP.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (866) 331-NASP, (310) 657-0270, or NASP, Certification Department, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814
CPD Requirements for NCSP Renewal
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, any new NCSP that applies after January 1, 2016 must meet this requirement.
No. The standard recommends meeting an average of one hour per week, although this is only a suggestion.
No, this only applies for new NCSP candidates that apply on or after January 1, 2016.
The standard does not preclude the use of the web or other technologies to facilitate the professional support.