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

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), Board Certified Specialist in Forensic Psychology credential is an advanced-level certification for Forensic Psychologists. Forensic Psychologists apply the science and profession of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system, legislative bodies, and administrative agencies; often forensic psychologists provide professional psychological expertise to courts. Forensic Psychologists conduct psychological evaluations, offer treatment, and provide research in anticipation of future legal, contractual, or administrative proceedings; offering expert psychological opinions in the form of testimony or amicus briefs; and, trial consultation. While many psychologists may testify in Court about their patients or research from time to time, such activities would not be considered the specialized practice of forensic psychology. Candidates for the Board Certified Specialist in Forensic 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 Forensic 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 Forensic 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: Psychology license/certificate requisite for the candidate's locale of practice
  • Experience: 1000 hours
  • 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 Forensic 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.

ABFP requires 100 hours of qualifying specialized training in forensic psychology after the date of the doctoral degree in psychology. This may consist of the accumulated hours of one-on-one supervision by a qualified forensic professional, continuing education activities, and formal didactic classroom activities (beyond one’s doctoral studies). When workshops presented by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) are used to satisfy all or part of this 100-hour requirement, each hour of AAFP credit counts for two hours.

Candidates are required to have 1,000 hours of qualifying experience in forensic psychology over a minimum of a five-year period after the date of their doctoral degree in psychology. An earned LL.B. or J.D. degree may be substituted for two of the five years of experience; however, the requirement of 1,000 hours of experience must still be met.

The requirement of five years of post-doctoral experience may be waived for applicants who have successfully completed one of the postdoctoral fellowship programs that have been determined by ABFP to meet specific training standards. A current list of these programs may be found in the document library. Instructions for fellowship training directors regarding how to apply to be added to the list may be found in the same location.

Board Certified Specialist in Forensic Psychology

  • Ethics, Guidelines, and Professional Issues
  • Law, Precedents, Court Rules, Civil and Criminal Procedures, and Judicial Practices
  • Testing and Assessment, Examination Issues, and Application of Scientific Knowledge to Legal Procedure (e.g., eyewitness accuracy, reliability of memory, jury behavior, and factors influencing confession)
  • Civil Competence, Individual Rights and Liberties, Workplace Discrimination, and Employment Rights
  • Juvenile, Parenting, and Family/Domestic/Matrimonial Matters
  • Civil Damages, Personal Injury, Disability, and Workers Compensation
  • Criminal Competence, Criminal Responsibility, and Sentencing

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

Renewal Period: 10 years

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

To maintain their credentials, ABPP board certified specialists must: 
  • Complete an annual attestation and
  • Complete the documentation process of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) once every ten years.