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. In terms of what the minimum standards are that sport and exercise psychologists need to conform to, specific guidance can be found on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) website:
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. Further details of the training route are available here: