The Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology promotes the professional interests of sport and exercise psychologists in the UK and aims to support the development of psychology both as a profession and as a body of knowledge and skills.
The Society provides resources and information to help further your career in psychology on its Become a Psychologist page.
The information on offer includes details and advice about:
Being qualifiedShow content
Who are sport and exercise psychologists?
Fundamentally, sport and exercise psychologists are practitioner psychologists who seek to apply psychological knowledge, skills and expertise within the context of sport and exercise.
The HCPC keep a register of all individuals who are legally able to practice as sport and exercise psychologists and/or practitioner psychologists in the UK.
What qualifications should they have?
In one sense this is a straight-forward question. To call yourself a sport and exercise psychologist legally you have to be on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered for practitioner psychologists.
Sport and Exercise Psychologist is a protected title, and only individuals who meet the HCPC's criteria in terms of knowledge, expertise and experience are allowed access to the register. Usually, HCPC registered psychologists will also be Chartered members of the British Psychological Society.
How do you get qualified?
At the current time, the only route to get on the HCPC register as a sport and exercise psychologist is to complete the BPS Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) Stage One and Stage Two.
Qualification in Sport and Exercise PsychologyShow content
The Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) (Stage 2) is the independent route to training as a sport and exercise psychologist for those who are unable, or choose not, to undertake a professional doctorate.