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CSPA Professional Membership Requirements
Applicant Requirements

CSPA applicants must demonstrate that they have:


  1. a Master's degree in sport psychology or related field;

  2. successfully completed a variety of courses relevant to applied sport psychology and foundational disciplines such as human kinetics or kinesiology, psychology, and counselling;

  3. supervised consulting experience;

  4. and favourable supervisor and client evaluations.

A. Education

A. Education

Applicants must indicate the university degrees they have obtained. In addition they must email one PDF document that contains a copy of all your academic transcripts to the Chair of the Review Committee. 


B. Course work

B. Academic Course Work

Applicants must have successfully completed academic course work in the following areas:


  • Professional Ethics and Standards (1 course graduate level) 


  • Sport Psychology (3 courses, 1 at the graduate level) - (e.g., sport psychology, health/exercise psychology, intervention/performance enhancement, mental training)


  • Sport Sciences (2 courses, undergraduate or graduate level) - (e.g., kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, anatomy, motor learning/control, human movement, sociology of sport, history and philosophy of sport/physical education, health and physical activity, nutrition and physical activity, principles of coaching, prevention and care of athletic injuries, exercise and disease prevention)


  • Counselling (1 course, undergraduate or graduate level) -  (e.g., counselling theories and practice, theories of individual counselling, micro-counselling, communication and relationship skills, group counselling, social intervention theories and community networking, models of consultation and case management, counselling intervention strategies, narrative therapy, family systems therapy, multicultural counselling, pastoral counselling, marital / couple counselling)     


  • Psychology (2 courses, undergraduate or graduate level) -  (e.g., comparative psychology, psychopathology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, experimental psychology, child development, learning and conditioning, personality, lifespan psychology, educational psychology, social psychology, psychology of adolescence, perception, cognition, philosophy of psychology, biological foundations of behaviour, developmental psychology, history and systems of psychology, psychology of death and dying, interpersonal relationships, learning and human development, psychology of women, cross-cultural psychology, human sexual behaviour, psychology of the family, organizational psychology, industrial psychology, psychology of aging, community psychology, clinical psychology) 


  • Measurement and Evaluation (1 course, undergraduate or graduate level) - (e.g., research methods, statistics, quantitative or qualitative analysis and methods, analysis of interventions, measurement and evaluation, program evaluation, tests and measurement, psychological assessment) 


  • Practical Skills or Experiences in Sport or Related Domains (Document how your skills/experiences fulfill the equivalent of a 3-credit course)- (e.g., formal coaching, athletic experiences, sport clinics, coaching certification courses, athlete or coach mentoring)

Note. Each graduate or undergraduate level course fulfills only one requirement and must be the equivalent of one semester course (e.g., 3-credit, 0.5  FCE). If one course does not fulfill this equivalent, you may include several courses that you have taken that would fulfill it and justify this in the additional Information box. If the course title is not indicative of the content, a syllabus or letter from the course instructor detailing the course content must be provided. If an independent study is listed, a letter from the supervising faculty member detailing the focus and content of the study must be provided. 


C. Practical

C. Supervised Practice

CSPA applicants must demonstrate that they have completed supervised practice involving a minimum of 400 hours of consulting experience, of which a minimum of 200 hours must be in a competitive sport environment (i.e., work with clients who are competing in a sport, whether the level of competition is recreational, developmental, or high performance).


  1.  Only those hours spent in the preparation, intervention/consulting, and supervision (direct and indirect) of applied services are eligible for inclusion.

  2.  A minimum of 20 hours must be completed under direct supervision with a 5 year minimum CSPA professional member or a supervisor who has been approved by CSPA Review Committee).

  3. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed under indirect supervision.


Direct Supervision: Number of hours the supervisor spent supervising the intern in action during live consulting interactions with client(s) conducted in person or video recorded, or discussing and observing video recorded consulting sessions conducted by the intern. The supervisor must be able to observe the non-verbal behaviour of the intern, therefore audio recordings are not authorized in this category.

Indirect Supervision: Number of hours the supervisor spent discussing consultant skills/approaches during face-to-face or electronic mentorship/supervision meetings (telephone, email, Zoom, TEAMS, etc) or reviewing materials (e.g., workshop plan or presentation).

  1.  A minimum of 200 hours must be spent in  in-person or video conference with clients (e.g., workshops, conferences, individual or group consultation).

  2.  A maximum of 150 hours can be allocated for preparation. This includes preparation of materials, observation, and case notes/management.

  3.  A maximum of 20 hours can be used to incorporate mental performance consulting in an existing practice (e.g., coaching, physiotherapy, or kinesiology). 

  4. Internship work should rarely include one-time presentations and rather focus on ongoing work with individuals or teams. 

Eligible Practice Experiences: 


  1. Working directly with an athletic team and/or the coaching staff in an applied sport setting while helping them develop life and sport skills and perspectives including goal-setting, cohesion, commitment, relaxation, activation, concentration, distraction control, self-confidence, imagery, self-talk, communication, and competition planning, etc. 

  2. Implementing sport psychology principles while coaching or treating (e.g., athletic therapist) individual or team sport athletes. 

  3. Serving as a consultant for a youth sport organization and teaching children/adolescents, parents, and/or coaches about healthy competition patterns and moral reasoning. 

  4. Serving as a consultant for a cardiac rehabilitation program and teaching participants ways to increase exercise adherence, stress and time management, various coping skills, and overall life management skills. 

  5. Working with an athlete, dancer, musician, or artist on performance-relevant issues (i.e., performance anxiety, balance, communication, etc.).

  6. While serving as an academic counsellor, conducting formal performance enhancement work with athletes.


Ineligible Practice Experiences: 


  1. Working in an alcohol rehabilitation center that happens to have athletes as clients. 

  2. Providing marital and family counselling to an athlete and his/her family.

  3. Being part of a general practice or counselling center and treating an athlete for an eating disorder. 

  4. While serving as an academic counsellor, providing only academic support services to athletes.

  5. While serving as an athletic trainer, providing only physical rehabilitation services to athletes.

Logbook of Supervised Practice:


CSPA applicants should be prepared to demonstrate a log of their supervised practice if additional information is required following the application submission. While completing their supervised practice, they should:


  1. Log Activities: Document all the activities conducted with individuals or teams. Briefly describe the content of each meeting, for example, the approach or strategies used as well as client responses and feedback.

  2. Log Hours: Document internship hours for each internship context in which applied work is conducted and summarize these hours in the Supervised Practice Grid (Form 2 / Formulaire 2). When recording hours, include preparation time (i.e., developing handouts, assessment forms, and intervention   activities), work with clients (i.e., on-site, via telephone or e-mail), sport psychology related presentations (i.e., to athletes, coaches, parents), applied work or observations at practices, competitions, or other venues, meetings with internship supervisor, and evaluations (i.e., giving/getting client feedback).

  3. Log Lessons Learned: Include self-evaluations, reflections, and lessons learned from each internship intervention.

CSPA Supervised Practice Grid:


Applicants must complete the Supervised Practice Grid (Form 2 / Formulaire 2) and provide all requested information. The purpose of this documentation is to verify the nature, quality, and duration of supervised practice. This form includes:


  1. Name and contact information of supervisor. 

  2. Context (i.e., level and type of sport or activity) in which sport psychology work was done. Example: high school women's swim team; professional male marathon runner; 12-year old figure skater; 50-year old aerobic exerciser in cardiac rehabilitation program.

  3. Total hours spent in the context - Countable hours include hours spent in the preparation, delivery, and evaluation of applied services. 

  4. Hours spent preparing materials for individual clients or groups (maximum of 80 hours out of 400 hours). 

  5. Hours spent working with clients on skills or issues related to sport, exercise, health, or life enhancement. 

  6. Hours spent working with groups on skills or issues related to sport, exercise, health, or life enhancement. 

  7. Skills employed in sport psychology work (e.g., life management, goal setting, team building, coping skills for injury, stress management, etc.). 

  8. Hours of direct supervision – number of hours the supervisor spent directly observing, discussing, or evaluating consultant skills and work in the actual context or on videotape. 

  9. Hours of indirect supervision – number of hours the supervisor spent observing, discussing, or evaluating consultant skills during face-to-face meetings (not during actual consulting) and/or through audio tape review, review of materials, telephone, e-mail, or other forms of technological indirect supervision. 

  10. Comments – any information to further clarify entries.

Practice Supervisor:


CSPA applicants must provide the name and contact information of supervisor(s) who supervised their practice work. All supervisors must submit the Supervisor Appraisal (Form 3 / Formulaire 3). Each supervisor must meet the supervision requirements of the CSPA and have (a) a CSPA Professional membership, and (b) a minimum of 5 years of consulting experience in multiple sport contexts.  


If your supervisor does not meet the above criteria he/she must be approved by the CSPA Review Committee. To this end, they must complete and email the Verification of Supervisor Form (Form 3a / Formulaire 3a), and their CV to the Chair of the Review Committee. The Review Committee will evaluate the supervisor’s   competencies and inform the supervisor if he/she meets CSPA requirements within one month following the submission. It is the CSPA applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her supervisor has been approved by the CSPA Review Committee.

Client Appraisal Forms: 


Applicants must have two clients evaluate their consulting work by completing the Client Appraisal Form (Form 4 / Formulaire 4) and submitting it directly to the Chair of the Review Committee.




Chair of the Review Committee:

Diane Culver, PhD

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