The Perceived Value of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certification and Certification Exam: A Survey of Sport and Exercise Psychology Professionals (pp. 245-260)
Authors: Alessandro Quartiroli
Abstract: This study aimed to examine sport and exercise psychology professionals’ views of the value of the current Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification and their opinions about a possible examination as part of the certification process. The sample for this study was recruited by sending an email to the SPORTPSY listserve. A Sample of 173 professionals completed the on-line survey. The participants in this study were Caucasian professionals (93.6%; women = 52.3%), holding a doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology or similar field (56.1%). Although the majority of the participants (68.1%) identified the certification as important for the professionalization of the field (M=4.77; SD=1.73), most of them (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.