Welcome to ABGERO

American Board of Geropsychology

The American Board of Geropsychology condemns all forms of racism, bigotry, and discrimination and instead embraces, supports, and encourages inclusion and diversity (broadly defined) in all professional activities, including the board certification process.


Thank you for your interest in becoming credentialed as a specialist in geropsychology. The guiding principle for ABGERO certification is one’s ability to show competence in the foundational and functional competences in geropsychology.

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Here’s how to begin the process of board certification in ABGERO:

  • Go on the ABPP website, pay the application fee and complete the information regarding the generic credentials. The ABPP Central Office determines if one meets the generic criteria. A description of the generic credentials can be found on p. 8 of the ABGERO Procedures Manual. Click for the online application here: https://www.abpp.org/Applicant-Information/Application-Process/Steps-to-Apply.aspx

  • For the geropsychology-specific part of the application process, please see ABGERO Procedures Manual, p.9. The ABGERO Credentials committee determines whether one meets the geropsychology-specific criteria.
  • If one meets the generic criteria and the geropsychology-specific criteria, the applicant becomes a candidate.  The candidate must pay the Practice Sample fee on the ABPP website, and then submit a Professional Self-Study statement and two Work Examples. Please refer to the  ABGERO Procedures Manual, p.16 for a description of the Professional Self-Study statement, and pp.16-19 for a description of the Work Examples. Here are PSS examples to review. Please also review ABGERO case examples.

  • Once the Practice Sample (Professional Self-Study statement & two Work Examples) is passed by the ABGERO Practice Sample sub-committee, the applicant is poised to sit for the ABGERO oral examination which typically takes place in conjunction with the ABPP annual conference & workshop, the annual meeting of APA, and/or the annual meeting of GSA. Please refer to the ABGERO Procedures Manual starting on p.18 for an in-depth discussion of the ABGERO oral examination.

Next Oral Examination Dates:
(Exact dates TBA)

Due to social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19, oral examinations are currently being held via teleconference. The safety of candidates and examiners will be the primary consideration as future examinations are planned. Please contact the examination coordinator for upcoming dates.

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