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

In light of widespread school and university closures related to COVID-19, the National School Psychology Certification Board has extended the deadline and allowed for some modifications for NCSP applicants from non-approved/accredited programs.

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.

Fees

Member TypeFee
Students, 1st Year Members, and Leave of Absence Members$160
Early Career 2nd year members$210
Other NASP Members$260
Nonmembers$360
* All fees are non-refundable.

 

Applicants are allowed two submissions per each fee payment. If deficiencies still exist after the second review, the candidate will have to reapply be 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 Monday, January 11, 2021.

Help for Applicants (Video)

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NCSP Portfolio Help Pt. 1 (Video)

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NCSP Portfolio Help Pt. 2 (Video)

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Important Documents

Application Guide (PDF)
Download our application guide to help plan for the completion of the application, including fees and required forms.

NASP Case Study Rubric (PDF)
The National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB) of the National Association of School Psychologists(NASP) developed this rubric to help guide applicants in structuring an effective case study.

Common Errors and Tips on the NCSP Portfolio (PDF)

Common Errors and Tips on the NCSP Case Study (PDF)