The Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) Graduate Certificate program prepares those who have completed, or are currently completing, a graduate degree (e.g., MS, PhD, PsyD), with the didactic coursework and clinical opportunities to be eligible to sit for the CMPC certification exam. The CMPC designation prepares individuals for employment opportunities working alone and/or alongside other health professionals in some of the following settings: general health care (injury prevention and/or rehabilitation), sports medicine, counseling or clinical psychology, adaptive sports, exercise and fitness, military, performing arts, e-sports and gaming. The CMPC designation enables already practicing mental health professionals to expand the scope of their practice.  

The course and credit requirements for the CMPC Graduate Certificate program depend upon whether the student is completing the certificate program in-tandem with another graduate degree or as a post-graduate curriculum. Upon application into the CMPC Graduate Certificate program, each student will undergo a transcript review whereby prior didactic coursework and prior clinical experience will be compared to the list of didactic coursework and clinical experience requirements to obtain the CMPC designation (as determined by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies). 

For additional information, please contact Barbara B. Meyer, PhD, CMPC – Program Coordinator – at bbmeyer@uwm.edu.

For information on the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence, please visit https://sites.uwm.edu/lab-sppe/.

Admission Requirements 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.

Application

  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Admission

The admission requirements of the CMPC Certificate program are consistent with those requirements specified by the Graduate School of UWM. In addition, students must also meet the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled, and in good standing, in a graduate degree program at an accredited university, OR;
  • A Master's or Doctoral degree from an accredited university.
  • Transcripts from all university degrees/coursework.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Personal statement that includes rationale for certificate study and career goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons most knowledgeable about the applicant's recent academic and relevant work experiences.
  • Electronic interview with program faculty may be requested by the Program Director.
  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate should inform the Director of the certificate program and apply using the Graduate School online application.
    • Upon review of the application materials, the Program Director will generate a Plan of Study for the student. The Plan of Study will include the specific Knowledge Areas (i.e., courses and therefore credits) the students needs to meet the didactic coursework proportion of the CMPC designation as well as the number and type of clinical hours (i.e., courses and therefore credits) the student needs to meet the clinical experience portion of the CMPC designation.
    • The Plan of Study will be shared with the student in-writing and via verbal discussion.
    • A Plan of Study signed by the Program Director and the student will be sent via email to the Graduate School and placed in the student's official file.
       

Credits and Courses

In-Tandem Requirements

Students who enroll in the certificate program in-tandem with a current graduate degree must complete a minimum of 34 credits. The number of credits needed to obtain this certificate depends on the needs of each student.

Didactic Coursework
COUNS 814Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling Psychology 13
Select one of the following: 23
Psychological Aspects of Human Movement
Psychology of Injury: Prevention, Rehabilitation & Return to Participation
Psychology of Personal Excellence
Select one of the following: 33
Pathoetiology of Musculoskeletal Injury
Physiological Regulation in Exertion & Disease
Select one of the following: 43
Multicultural Considerations in Lifespan Psychopathology
Adult Psychopathology
COUNS 714Essentials of Counseling Practice 53
Select one of the following: 63
Statistical Analysis in the Health Sciences 6
Educational Statistical Methods I
Select one of the following: 73
Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychophysiology
COUNS 715Multicultural Counseling 83
Clinical Experience 910
Professional Studies in Sport & Performance Psychology 10
Mentored Fieldwork in Sport and Performance Psychology 11
Total Credits34

Post-Graduate Requirements

Students who enroll in the certificate program as a post-graduate with a completed graduate degree must complete a minimum of 15 credits. The number of credits needed to obtain this certificate depends on the needs of each student. 

Didactic Coursework
Select one of the following: 13
Psychological Aspects of Human Movement
Psychology of Injury: Prevention, Rehabilitation & Return to Participation
Psychology of Personal Excellence
Clinical Experience 212
Professional Studies in Sport & Performance Psychology 3
Mentored Fieldwork in Sport and Performance Psychology 4
Total Credits15

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit 

Transfer credit is not allowed for this certificate.

Minimum Grade Requirement 

Students must complete all courses with a grade of B or better (not including B-).

Time Limit 

It is expected that students completing the CMPC Certificate program in-tandem with another graduate degree at UWM complete the requirements for the certificate within seven years. It is expected that students completing the CMPC Certificate program as a post-graduate curriculum complete within three or four years, pending credit requirements. 

Grade Point Average Requirement

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.