Benefits of Certification

Psychometrists are increasingly being asked to perform more complex assessments and the field of neuropsychological and psychological assessments is becoming more sophisticated. As part of this evolutionary trend the credentials of the psychometrist are being increasingly scrutinized.

CSPs earn >$7841/yr more than non-CSPs

According to the 2020 NAP Psychometrist Salary Survey, CSP earn more than $7841/yr more compared to non-CSPs (survey to be available on the NAP website soon).

 Cincinnati Children's (3/2013) is the first facility in the USA to require the CSP credential for advancement of psychometrists.

The State of Virginia contracting company to recruit Psychometrists for the Department of Defense requires the CSP credential.

Employers are accepting the CSP credential with a BA/BS degree in lieu of a MA degree when hiring psychometrists (see). 

Holding the CSP board credential offers:

  • Authentication & assessment of practice-based knowledge by an independent organization – a way to prove you have the knowledge needed for the profession;
  • Recognition by other professionals, employers, universities, medical facilities, colleagues and the public;
  • Meeting the standard of professional services to the public and profession;
  • Enhanced professional credibility;
  • Ability to negotiate improved compensation;
  • Professional growth and development;
  • Superior job/career opportunities;
  • Advanced professional responsibility and visibility;
  • Designation that is nationally and internationally valued;
  • Secures standards developed by psychometrists;
  • Exclusive networking with other credentialed professionals;
  • Supports the promotion of psychometry as a profession;
  • Immediate online verification of certification;
  • Enhancement of the rights of psychometrists to positively influence test development and use;
  • Abiding by documented Code of Ethics for CSPs;
  • Ability to purchase some professional products from vendors (B-Level Qualification for ordering products through PAR; for Master's level CSPs this can include C-Level Qualifications). 

In 2006, the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes were amended to include the psychometrist ("technician") code thereby separating the billable time of the psychologist and the psychometrist.  This in effect has opened the door for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and eventually other insurance carriers, to take a closer look at how psychometrists are credentialed.  
It is only a matter of time before CMS will mandate a minimum credential in order to qualify for reimbursement of psychometrist services (test administration time) - as has happened with other technologist professions.

The 2019 revised CPT codes were changed to reflect face-to-face billing time (96139) vs. non-face-to-face billing time (96138) for both psychometrists.

The most responsible practice for psychometrists to represent themselves to those they serve, whether it be psychologists, employers, third-parties or colleagues; as with other professions, is to be credentialed through an organized peer process that ensures verification of knowledge as well as demonstrating minimum competencies required in psychometry. It is not expected the public should be knowledgeable about such credentials while it is paramount for psychometrists to realize their future is likely to change.

The Board of Certified Psychometrists (BCP) is the only non-profit professional organization [501(c) non-profit] certifying psychometrists in psychometry. As the registrar of psychometry certification the BCP administers and oversees the credentialing process of a psychometrist becoming a Certified Specialist in Psychometry (CSP).

The advancement of credentialing psychometrists is a positive step as it increases psychometrists’ value, professionalism and credibility.

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