Guidelines for Representing Certification by ABPP

Guidelines for Representing Certification by the ABPP

 

The ABPP confers board certification upon recommendation by the relevant Specialty Board.  As such, the “ABPP” certificate itself indicates the particular specialty.  In order to represent oneself as board certified by ABPP, the specialist must pay the annual certification fees and attest to their continued adherence to ABPP standards.

 

The ABPP Board of Trustees supports clear and simple designation of board certification status, which will ensure that the credential is understood by the public.  Toward that end, the preference is for the following format:

 

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology

 

For individuals who have more than one board certification from ABPP, the following format is recommended:

 

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and Forensic Psychology

 

For individuals who also hold a board certification other than ABPP, in order to clarify the ABPP board with which one is affiliated, the following format is recommended:

 

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology

ABFE Certified in Forensic Examination

 

Please note: when individuals wish to indicate a board certification other than ABPP, it is important that the additional board certification is placed on an additional signature line, as indicated above.

 

ABPP may be spelled-out if desired.  ABPP is a “brand name” which is readily recognized by the profession.  Abbreviated designations of certification such as ABCFP or ABCP should not be used.

 

There may be some circumstances or contexts (e.g., business cards, e-mail signature blocks, letterhead), whereby a simple reference to the acronym “ABPP” to represent the credential is considered an acceptable designation.

Example:

John Doe, PhD, ABPP

John Doe, PsyD, ABPP Board Certified Specialist