The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is the alliance of state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. ASPPB was formed to serve psychology boards in the two countries. Currently, the psychology boards of all fifty states of the United States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam and all ten provinces of Canada are members of ASPPB.
ASPPB was founded in 1961 as the American Association of State Psychology Boards. It was the product of the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Professional Affairs Committee on State Licensure. One of its first goals was to facilitate mobility for psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. It was obvious to those who first formed ASPPB that the bedrock of any mobility movement would be a standardized examination that would be taken by those aspiring to become licensed as psychologists. The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) was created to meet this need.
The first EPPP was administered in 1965. Its acceptance among the jurisdictions of the U.S. and Canada was slow but steady, and by the mid-80's almost all of the jurisdictions in the two countries had adopted the EPPP as the entry level exam for licensure at the independent practice level. The EPPP has grown over the decades. It is among the most researched, validated and defensible professional exams in all of the professions. In 2001, ASPPB began to offer the EPPP in a computer administered format, which is the norm in almost all the jurisdictions of the U.S. and Canada today.
The Association has grown rapidly over the years and now supports not only its own Board of Directors, but another 21 committees and several task forces each fiscal year. ASPPB is highly regarded within the professional psychological community and has liaisons with most of the major boards and task forces within APA and with other organizations in the community of professional psychology. Many other psychological organizations, such as the APA Board of Directors, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), the Association of Canadian Psychology Regulatory Organizations (ACPRO), the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), send liaisons to meetings of the ASPPB Board of Directors.
The organization holds two membership meetings each year. The Association holds its annual meeting of delegates in October, during which new officers are elected and other business is conducted. The remainder of the three-day meeting is devoted to educational topics involving administration, examinations, law and professional discipline. Since 1985, ASPPB has sponsored an annual Midyear Meeting which focuses almost exclusively on educational topics that are of interest to board members, board administrators and legal staff, as well as members of the testing industry.
In keeping with its original goal of mobility, the ASPPB Mobility Program was established in 1998 to facilitate mobility in the psychology profession, and ASPPB now offers several programs specifically designed to assist psychologists throughout the progression of their careers as they apply for licensure or move to another location. These programs include the ASPPB Credentials Bank (CB), the Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS), the Interjurisdictional Practice Certificate (IPC) and the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) application. To learn more about these programs and other mobility services, visit the Mobility Program Overview page.
ASPPB continues to offer many services to its own board members, as well as to the community of psychologists as a whole.