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Carrie B. Scherzer and Justine J. Reel

The thought of studying for and taking a certification exam is daunting, perhaps more so for mid- or even late- career sport psychology professionals. Some of us are years, even decades, from formal graduate education and/or the practice of sport and exercise psychology. We earn our paychecks

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Joseph J. Gurgis, Gretchen A. Kerr, and Ashley E. Stirling

Several researchers within coach education and development have advocated for the certification of coaches to ensure a consistent, minimum level of knowledge and competency ( Cushion et al., 2010 ; Nelson, Cushion, & Potrac, 2006 ; Potrac, Gilbert, & Denison, 2013 ). The strength of certification

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Robin S. Vealey, Nick Galli, and Robert J. Harmison

In the article “CMPC Exam for Recertification: The Good, the Bad, the Reality,” our colleagues Carrie Scherzer and Justine Reel ( 2018 ) discussed their views on the new examination requirement for certification and recertification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant ® (CMPC ® ). As

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Patti Finke, Janet Hamilton, Warren Finke, and Mike Broderick

The RRCA Coaching Certification program is a model for national coaching education. The goal of the RRCA coaching certification is to provide trained individuals to work as coaching professionals for the sport of distance running at all levels from beginner to advanced runners. A coaching program for distance running attracts more individuals to the sport, and more importantly, helps individuals train intelligently, extend their running careers, have more fun running, and minimize the risks of overuse injuries. The program has certified over 1600 coaches across the US.

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Wesley J. Wilson, Steven K. Holland, Justin A. Haegele, and K. Andrew R. Richards

handful of states using the APE National Standards criteria as a guideline, whereas most states either created their own or chose not to adopt any guidelines at all ( Lytle et al., 2010 ). With the diverse range of certification requirements among APE teachers ( Nichols, Block, & Wilson, 2019 ), it is

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Kate Kloos and Jonathon Edwards

In Canada, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the standardized national coach education program which provides sport-specific training in 66 sports and additional multisport courses. To achieve certification in the NCCP, both coaches and coach developers (CDs), as the leaders of

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Leonard D. Zaichkowsky and Frank M. Perna

The purpose of this paper is to respond to the arguments against certification in sport psychology presented by Anshel (1992). Anshel’s central arguments were (a) certification will diminish rather than promote the field of sport psychology, (b) Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) certification favors professionals trained in psychology, and (c) AAASP certification is inappropriately reliant on clinical psychology as a model for the practice of sport psychology. These criticisms of certification are rebutted by clearly defining certification and related terms, professing an adequate scientific knowledge base in sport psychology to support practice, identifying fraudulent practice as unrelated to certification, clarifying procedures used in developing AAASP certification criteria, and presenting evidence that sport psychology professionals trained in the sport sciences are not less favored for AAASP certification and that clinical psychology is not used as the model for practice in sport psychology.

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Samuel L. Konrath and Dale R. Wagner

suits, water and food restriction, and exercising in a hot room. 2 Shortly after these deaths, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) created a minimum weight certification program to help prevent drastic weight cuts and protect the athletes’ health. 3 , 4 As far back as 1976, the American

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Jaehun Jung, Layne Case, Samuel W. Logan, and Joonkoo Yun

) programs to provide preservice physical educators with field experiences, pedagogical knowledge, and content knowledge ( The National Association of Sport & Physical Education, 2008 ). Currently, many states allow teacher certification through two distinct pathways, including traditional teacher education

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Bradley Fawver, Garrett F. Beatty, John T. Roman, and Kevin Kurtz

their previous athlete experiences as educational canon. Critically, of the coach programs and certifications that appear to be operating with some success, there remains a need to explicitly evaluate curricula content to ensure theoretical foundations and practical knowledge are taught concerning the