Application Steps & Generic Requirements

Eligibility for Specialty Certification


To attain board certification in a specialty, an applicant must meet the general and the specialty eligibility requirements which include:


A doctoral degree from a program in professional psychology which at the time the degree was granted was accredited by the APA, CPA, or was listed in the publication Doctoral Psychology Programs Meeting Designation Criteria. Applicants credentialed in the most recent directory of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, or who hold the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) from the ASPPB qualify as meeting the doctoral degree requirements.  The doctoral degree program is expected to meet the requirements listed the ABPP Generic Doctoral Program Eligibility Requirements (download at right).


Licensure or Certification: All ABPP candidates in the U.S., its territories or Canada must be licensed as a psychologist for independent practice at the doctoral level in a jurisdiction in the U.S., its territories or Canada.


Specialty Specific Requirements: Each board has their own Specialty Specific Requirements that must be submitted in order for their application to be complete. Click here, and then onto the specialty board that you are applying for.

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