Credentialing in psychology: Close encounters with competence?

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Examines existing credentials in psychology and classifies them in 1 of 3 levels as a function of the data and processes used to grant them. Using the concepts of face validity, content validity, and criterion-related validity, the various levels of credentials are viewed in terms of the construct of professional competence. All extant credentials present some difficulties if used as indicators of competence per se, but several specific levels of credentialing provide little evidence or public assurance that the holder thereof will be professionally competent as a psychologist. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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