Abstract

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

Presenters:
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

Abstract:

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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