Certification Program Updates

September 27, 2017

Dear AASP Colleagues:
It is with a great deal of pride and excitement that the Certification Council and Interim Certification Council are able to announce that Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) has been approved as the new AASP certification credential and mark.
CMPC will officially replace Certified Consultant - AASP (CC-AASP) on October 1, 2017. All active Certified Consultants-AASP should prepare to change to Certified Mental Performance Consultant and/or CMPC when listing your designation in professional and promotional materials, such as your websites and social media, business cards, email signatures, brochures, and letterhead. Certified practitioners may of course use other titles that are legally appropriate in relation to training (e.g., sport psychologist), but CMPC is the official credential and mark of the AASP certification program and may only be used by those who are certified.
Using the results of the Job Task Analysis to inform the certification program, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) "helps clients develop and use mental, life, and self-regulatory skills to optimize performance, involvement, enjoyment, and personal development." The focus of the certification is on sport and other performance domains, such as the performing arts, military, and business.  A detailed explanation of the CMPC mark was sent to members in an email August 23, 2017.
The decision to approve a new certification credential/mark was made by the AASP Certification Council (CC) and the Interim Certification Council (ICC). Following the initial process used by the ICC to vet the CMPC mark described in the email of 8/23/2017, the CC and ICC engaged in additional processes to consider CMPC and other potential credentials/marks. This included a content analysis of invited member comments regarding CMPC that was conducted by CC member Betsy Shoenfelt. We received comments from 70 members and a group letter from 11 Past-Presidents, which were reviewed and discussed by members of the CC and ICC. Upon completion of this process, the CC and ICC determined that CMPC was the best option to advance and promote the updated certification program into the future.
The former CC-AASP credential/mark representing our certification program has a distinguished history, and we respect and honor that history. It helped us to create a professional identity and quality certification program. We view the updated certification program with the required examination and the new CMPC credential/mark as an important step in focusing on practitioner competence and service to the public. We have applied for "Certified Mental Performance Consultant" to be trademarked in the U.S., and only individuals who have been certified will be able to legally use the trademarked professional title of "Certified Mental Performance Consultant," "CMPC," or "Mental Performance Consultant" in the United States.
This first year of the updated certification program will be used to create and implement operating processes and gather relevant data (e.g., psychometric data from the exam) to apply for accreditation of our certification with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). We are continuing to work closely with a consultant who is helping us to create policies and procedures for our certification that meet NCCA standards.
This is a bold and significant step in the evolution of professional practice in sport psychology, and one that we believe will advantage professional practitioners, consumers, and the development of our field in terms of career opportunities and societal impact.
Robin Vealey
Miami University
Chair, AASP Certification Council


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