Certification Benefits

Differentiation from other providers

  • Especially in forensic or medical settings
  • “Street cred” in certain settings, e.g., hospitals, courts
  • Marketing your services


  • Mobility for licensure
  • Specialty listservs provide easy access to leaders in the field and a practice community to rely on for best practices and relevant research.
  • Source of referrals from specialty listservs
  • Many Specialty Boards have associated Academies that provided education and advocacy.

Enhance your employment situation

  • Pay increases in some settings (e.g., DoD and VA)
  • Required by some employers (e.g., Mayo Clinic)


Service opportunities

  • Opportunity to serve on boards and committees, and to work on important initiatives in the field of psychology with like-minded colleagues


  • After obtaining your ABPP
  • After serving as an oral examiner for your Specialty Board’s oral exams
  • After serving as a practice sample reviewer for your Specialty Board
  • Free webinars from The Trust for Board Certified Psychologists