Guiding Principles and Recommendations for the Assessment of Competence

Nadine J. Kaslow, Nancy J. Rubin, Muriel J. Bebeau, Irene W. Leigh, James W. Lichtenberg, Paul D. Nelson, Sanford M. Portnoy, I. Leon Smith

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This article presents guiding principles for the assessment of competence developed by the members of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Assessment of Competence in Professional Psychology. These principles are applicable to the education, training, and credentialing of professional psychologists, and to practicing psychologists across the professional life span. The principles are built upon a review of competency assessment models, including practices in both psychology and other professions. These principles will help to ensure that psychologists reinforce the importance of a culture of competence. The implications of the principles for professional psychology also are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-451
Number of pages11
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • assessment
  • competence
  • education and training
  • guiding principles


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