Proficiency Application

Those of us who work and train in this area know that proficiency in personality assessment is not simply a by-product of, nor is it guaranteed by earning a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology. Rather, it requires specialized didactic and practical training in the integrative process of personality assessment. I was very pleased to see SPA successfully pursue recognition of Personality Assessment as a proficiency and appreciate the organization's spearheading implementation of the proficiency recognition process. I encourage anyone doing work in this area, whether relatively new to the field, or a seasoned veteran, to pursue recognition of proficiency in personality assessment. Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Kent State University


The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in professional psychology.* At the request of APA, the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) has taken the lead role in developing and implementing the Personality Assessment Proficiency.

The Proficiency in Personality Assessment involves (but is not limited to):

  • The administration, scoring, and interpretation of empirically supported measures of personality traits and styles in order to refine clinical diagnoses, structure and inform psychological interventions, and increase the accuracy of behavioral prediction in a variety of contexts and settings (e.g., clinical, forensic, organizational, educational)
  • Meaningful integration of information from multiple data sources, including personality tests, into coherent and relevant written reports that facilitate appropriate interventions and estimate likely outcomes as well as a basis for providing verbal feedback that is clear, useful and responsive to the client or patient

At this time, the Proficiency in Personality Assessment recognition via SPA is intended for active practitioners who are delivering personality assessment services to the public and under an active license.

Interested in obtaining Proficiency in Personality Assessment?

Frequently Asked Questions     /     Proficiency Guidelines

Proficiency Review Forms     /     Skills Required for Proficiency

Statement from APA Regarding Proficiency

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Part 1: "Proficiency Overview" Webinar (8 min) - Click Here

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Part 2: "Proficiency Application & Recognition Process" Webinar (8 min) - Click Here

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List of Professionals with Proficiency Status - Click Here

Additional questions, please contact the SPA Proficiency Coordinator below:

Hadas Pade, PsyD

Proficiency Coordinator

Hadas Pade, PsyD

San Jose, CA


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The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in Professional Psychology. SPA has taken lead role in developing and implementing Personality Assessment Proficiency

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