The Perceived Value of the CC-AASP Certification and Certification Exam: A Survey of Sport and Exercise Professionals

Alessandro Quartiroli, East Carolina University, USA

Theme: Professional issues and ethics (AASP-related)

Program ID: LEC-02C

Presentation: October 2, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: Melrose


This study aimed to examine sport and exercise psychology professionals’ views on the value of the current Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification and to describe their opinions about a possible examination as part of the certification process. The sample for the study was recruited by sending an email to the SPORTPSY listserve. A Sample of 173 professionals responded to an on-line survey. The sample was mostly characterized by Caucasian (93.6%; women = 52.3%) professionals, holding a doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology or similar degrees (56.1%). Although the majority of the participants (68.1%) identified the certification important for the professionalization of the field (M=4.77; SD=1.73), most of the sample (73.5%) also advocated the need for a change (M=5.37; SD=1.56). Additionally, the proposal for an examination as part of the certification process was mostly (62.3%) welcomed (M=4.63; SD=1.67). In conclusion, suggestions for possible developments of the certification are made.

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