National Credential
Credential: Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology
Credentialing Agency: American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology credential is an advanced-level certification for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychologists. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychologists apply experimental-clinical approaches to understanding human behavior and develop interventions that enhance the human condition. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychologists engage in research, education, training, and clinical practice for a variety problems and populations. Candidates for the ABPP Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology credential must meet educational, experiential, training and other requirements, and must also pass the exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 10 years

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Behavioral or Cognitive Psychology license/certificate requisite for the candidate's locale of practice
  • Experience
  • Education: Doctoral
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 10 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
514 East Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone: (573) 634-5607
Email: ambra@abpp.org

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology

Candidates are required to have a license or certificate in psychology at the independent practice level by the State, Province, or Territory of the U.S. or Canada in which the psychologist practices. Exceptions to the residency requirement are made for active duty federal uniformed service psychologists when practicing in those roles.

Candidates are required to hold a doctoral degree, Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology that meets the standards set by the ABPP or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the degree was granted. For information about the standards set by the ABPP, see The American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Candidate Manual.

Candidates are required to have formal post-doctoral training program in cognitive behavioral psychology OR two years of postdoctoral experience predominantly in behavioral and cognitive psychology

The Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates for the Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology certification must have internship experience that satisfies the following requirements:
    • One-year full-time or equivalent and 
    • Accredited by the APA
  • Candidates are required to have documentation of receiving supervision in behavioral and cognitive psychology. In some cases, supervision that is not part of a formal doctoral program can be substituted.
  • Candidates are required to have membership in an American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology-approved organization; examples of approved organizations include and are not limited to Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology

Candidates may apply (and be examined) in one or more of four areas of emphasis: Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy.

  • Foundational Competencies
    • Ethical and Legal Standards and Policy Foundations
    • Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Relationships
    • Professionalism
    • Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care
    • Scientific Knowledge and Methods
    • Interdisciplinary Systems
    • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Essential Functional Competencies
    • Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Consultation
    • Research/Evaluation
  • Optional Functional Competencies
    • Supervision
    • Teaching
    • Management-Administration
    • Advocacy

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology

Renewal Period: 10 years

The Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral Psychology credential has the following recertification information:

To maintain the Board Certified Specialist in Counseling Psychology certification, ABPP board certified specialists must: 
  • Complete an annual attestation and
  • Complete the documentation process of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) once every ten years.