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 based on the NASP-approved status of their programs at the time of graduation.
Maintain Your Certification
Maintaining the NCSP demonstrates continued professional excellence through continuing professional development (CPD). NCSPs must obtain 75 hours of CPD every three years, with 10 hours coming from NASP- or APA-approved providers, and with 3 hours in the category of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology. NASP offers both Inactive (e.g., medical or maternity leave) and Retired NCSP categories for those who are eligible.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
While NCSPs are required to participate in continuing professional development (CPD), all school psychologists should pursue opportunities for continuous professional growth. Activities should be chosen as part of an overall professional development plan designed to enhance the knowledge in several domains. School psychologists should participate in a variety of activities that emphasize learning and exceed the ordinary requirements of employment, including workshop experiences, coursework, presentations, self-study, program development, or research.