Nationally Certified School Psychologist Application for Graduates of Non-NASP-Approved Programs

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) created the National School Psychology Certification System (NSPCS) for the purpose of credentialing school psychologists who meet a nationally recognized standard. The NSPCS is open to members of NASP as well as to nonmembers. The administration of the NSPCS is vested under the authority of the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

Application Deadlines

To be considered, applications must be completed and received by NASP by:

  • Summer Review: May 1
  • Winter Review: November 1

Once a decision has been made regarding your application, you will receive a written letter from the NASP office that includes the feedback from reviewers. The review process takes approximately 3 to 4 months.


Member Type
Student Members
Early Career Members
Other NASP Members
Applicants are allowed two submissions per each fee payment. If deficiencies still exist after the second review, the candidate will have to reapply by resubmitting the nonrefundable fee along with submission of those portions of the portfolio deemed deficient.

The NCSP Application for Graduates of Non-NASP-Approved Programs is currently closed. The application will reopen on Thursday, August 15, 2024.

NCSP Application Process

Important Documents

NASP Domain Response Matrix (DOCX)

NASP Problem-Solving Report Rubric (PDF)

NASP Portfolio Rubric (PDF)

NCSP Common Errors and Tips (PDF)

NCSP Folio Updates and Changes (PDF)
This document lays out changes from the previous NCSP application rubrics and forms to the current rubrics to help guide those that had started using previous forms and wish to use the new application process.