SEXOLOGIST DIRECTORY

Certification Requirements:

The American Board of Sexology is ever evolving with the times and has made some changes in types of certifications and certification requirements.  There is a certification and place in the professional Directory of Sexology for everyone in the field.  Please read below to know the best option for your career path.

The ABS currently has four (4) certifications options to fit with your background: Apprentice in Sexology, Certified Sexologist, Board Certified Diplomate, Retired Sexologist and Mentor.

Apprentice in Sexology:

  • The Apprentice in Sexology certification is designed for the student or new professional in the field of Sexology.  It is a fantastic certification and proof of dedication to the field for those seeking employment by other psychology professionals, private practices,  doctor offices, therapy counselor centers and psychotherapy type hospitals looking for specialized sexologists.

    Apprentice members can be enrolled in a sexology program or school working toward a certificate or diploma.  An Apprentice does not have voting rights for the Board elections.

    Special Note: Upon graduation, you can upgrade to a Certified Sexologist or Board Certified Diplomate at no charge for the first year. The Board offers this to encourage those working toward a degree or certificate, to apply early and seek the mentoring of our certified members. 

Certified Sexologist:

  • The Certified Sexologist certification is for the professional in the field of Sexology with a finishing degree (BA, BS, MS, Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D. etc..) in Sexology, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Sex Education or related, or a certificate in Sexology, Sex Coaching, Holistic, Somatic,  Tantric, Sex Therapy or related sex therapist field, or practicing sexology within the capacity of a private practice, organization, corporation, college, school, or therapist setting.

    Education Note: A Medical Degree, Doctorate, Ph.D., Masters, Bachelors, Associates degree is NOT required for this certification if a certificate in the field of study is listed or if your body of work and time in the field reflects the skills the Board is looking for in a professional. 

    The Directory Listing for this certification includes all fields with backlinks to the professionals business, social media and publications.  Unfortunately, a Certified Sexologist does not have voting rights for the Board elections.

    Special Note: Those in the process of obtaining a Doctorate, Ph.D., in the field of study, can upgrade from the Certified Sexologist to the Board Certified Diplomate with no upgrade fee for the first year. The Board offers this to encourage those seeking a higher post graduate degree to obtain mentoring from other certified members. 

Board Certified Diplomate:

  • The Board Certified Diplomate is for the professional in the field of Sexology with a finishing degree (BA, BS, MS, Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D. etc..) in Sexology, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Sex Education or related, or a certificate in Sexology, Sex Coaching, Sex Therapy or related sex therapist field, or practicing sexology within the capacity of a private practice, organization, corporation, college, school, or therapist setting.

    The recipient of this certification typically has seven (7) or more years in the profession and typically has a Ph.D. in the field of Sexology. The applicant is required to have a peer review (unless waived by the Board), pass the competency exam (unless waived by the Board), and undergo a final review and acceptance by the ABS Board

    The Directory Listing for this certification includes all fields with backlinks to the professionals business, social media and publications.  A Board Certified Diplomate has voting rights for the Board elections and can participate as an official.

Retired Sexologist & Mentor:

  • The Retired Sexologist & Mentor certification is somewhat self explanatory and is for the professional who is at the end of their career and ready to give back. As a mentor, this seasoned professional can pass on their wisdom to those new to the field or expecting to sit in the chair of being a therapist.

    Previous Board Certified Sexologist and Certified Sexologist with the American Board of Sexology can roll into this certification with no further action. Retired professionals in the field do need to meet the basic qualifications of the Certified Sexologist before acquisition.

    The Directory Listing for this certification includes all fields with backlinks to the professionals business, social media and publications. Unfortunately, a Retired Sexologist & Mentor does not have voting rights for the Board elections.

Competency Exam:

  • Note: All in-person competency exam testing has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are currently working on an online version of the test.

Background Check:

The American Board of Sexology will perform a background check on all new applicants for its certifications. Background checks are performed by an independent third-party organization not related or directly affiliated to any Board member or the American Board of Sexology.  The agreed upon background check process includes the verification of degrees, certifications earned, educational institutions, business addresses, contact information, publications, criminal background, and years in the profession. Please note, we do not request a credit check, financial records or previous client or patient reviews.

Directory Listing:

All American Board of Sexology certificate holders receive an online profile in the Directory Listing with backlinks to the professionals social media, education, publications, websites, email, phone, business information, photo and a biography.  The Directory Listing is also FREE to those still considering the American Board of Sexology as an option.  The FREE Directory Listing is limited in display and lacks the backlinking to the professionals social media, business and website information. 

Currently the Directory Listings are edited only by our team. Information in the listings, including pictures of the specialist, images of publications and additional certifications can be changed at any time with an email request.  Also note that specific fields in the Directory Listing can be optioned to display or not within the public listing when filling out your application or requesting changes by email.

We take the safety and security of our certified members seriously and will update sensitive information immediately. If you have any concerns of sensitive information being displayed as public that should be private, please contact us immediately. We also do not allow for client reviews to display sensitive or personal information for our members.

Peer Review:

We require two (2) peer reviews or a review from a professor from the graduating institution for a Board Certified Diplomate.  This may be waived by the Board for various reasons including verified educational institutions, published works, or years working in the field.

Board Approval:

Applicants applying for the Board Certified Diplomate will require Board approval before receiving the certification. Failure of the Board approval can be appealed by written email explaining why the applicant should be approved and attached proof of eligibility. If the Board does not approve an applicant’s request, the applicant does have the option to step down for the Certified Sexologist certification and receive a refund on the difference in amount or option for a full refund minus the application fee of $40 (Currently giving full refunds). Please note that the application fee may be waived in certain situations.

Printable Secured Digital Certification:

The American Board of Sexology no longer snail mails paper certifications to approved members.  This was changed during the Covid-19 outbreak over public concerns of mail delivery contamination and transmission of the infection. 

The board approved a digital certification that is both secure and printable as an Adobe .PDF document.  There is no restriction on the paper used in which this certification can be printed upon.  For example, if you have a “Classical” or “Mid-Century Modern” office space, you can print your certification on antique, colored, textured, or any stylized paper and have it framed in a frame styling of your choice.  

An Adobe .PDF version can be mailed to clients, professional institutions, schools, etc… as it is a non-editing secured document in and of itself. You will also receive a .JPG version that can be used on your website, social media, email signature, etc… as it has, like the Adobe .PDF a verifiable security address with number on the front. 

Verification and authenticity is printed on the front of the certification with a direct link to the American Board of Sexology website. With the Adobe .PDF version it is also within the electronic properties of the file.  The certified professional’s number with the base web address of https://americanboardofsexology.com/ will display the current status of the professional.  This can also be verified at https://americanboardofsexology.org/certificate-verification/

Access to the Sexology Forums:

The Sexology Forums are down at this time and we are working on redesigning them. 

An Investment in your Sexology Profession

An Investment in Your Profession:

You can assure clientele of professional competence. If you deal with human sexuality in a clinical setting, you should be certified by The American Board of Sexology.

Through certification by The American Board of Sexology, practitioners establish their competence and achievements in sexology in association with a dynamic organization setting standards for clinical sexologists, sex therapists, counselors and researchers as well as educators. Clientele recognize the ABS certification as assurance that professionals meet established standards in education, experience, and moral standards in the specialized field of Sexology.

The Board and its Certifications:

Thru its attention to quality assurance to the public of Certified Sexologists and Diplomates, the American Board of Sexology’s Board has grown its members steadily over the past 35 years. In a recent renewal period, the board experienced the highest percentage of renewals of any similar period in our history. Certified Sexologists and Diplomates have continued to maintain their certifications over renewal periods and you will be with a solid, growing organization.

The American Board of Sexology holds in great esteem those who have gained the highest degrees in subjects dealing with sexology, and experience gained in clinical, head to head interactions with clientele in real life situations. M.D.’s, Ph.D.’s, D.S.W.’s, Psy.D.’s and others currently working in clinical setting dealing with human sexuality are invited to apply for certification by The American Board of Sexology.  Please read the requirements to become a Certified Sexologist or a Diplomate.

An Investment in your Sexology Profession

The Board and its Certifications:

Thru its attention to quality assurance to the public of Certified Sexologists and Diplomates, the American Board of Sexology’s Board has grown its members steadily over the past 35 years. In a recent renewal period, the board experienced the highest percentage of renewals of any similar period in our history. Certified Sexologists and Diplomates have continued to maintain their certifications over renewal periods and you will be with a solid, growing organization.

The American Board of Sexology holds in great esteem those who have gained the highest degrees in subjects dealing with sexology, and experience gained in clinical, head to head interactions with clientele in real life situations. M.D.’s, Ph.D.’s, D.S.W.’s, Psy.D.’s and others currently working in clinical setting dealing with human sexuality are invited to apply for certification by The American Board of Sexology.  Please read the requirements to become a Certified Sexologist or a Diplomate.

Certified Sexologist:

Certified Sexologist is for the professional specializing the field of Clinical Sexology with a background in Sex Therapy, Sexual Psychology, or any related field as a Sexologist practitioner. This certification prefers a finishing degree of a Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Sciences, Nursing, Psychiatry, Medical field or any other related field including the study of sexology. Other certifications in sexology or sexual therapy from a recognized organizations will be taken in consideration. A Certified Sexologist, unlike a Board Certified Diplomate, does not require a Ph.D. for certification. Click here for more information.

Certified Sexologist:

Certified Sexologist is for the professional specializing the field of Clinical Sexology with a background in Sex Therapy, Sexual Psychology, or any related field as a Sexologist practitioner. This certification prefers a finishing degree of a Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Sciences, Nursing, Psychiatry, Medical field or any other related field including the study of sexology. Other certifications in sexology or sexual therapy from a recognized organizations will be taken in consideration. A Certified Sexologist, unlike a Board Certified Diplomate, does not require a Ph.D. for certification. Click here for more information.

Board Certified Diplomate:

Board Certified Diplomate is for the highly specialized Sexologist with a post graduate degree and working in the field of Sexology.  This professional typically hold a Ph.D., M.D., Psy.D. or other qualifying degree of higher education or a finishing degree in the field of Sexology. Click here to learn more.

Board Certified Diplomate:

Board Certified Diplomate is for the highly specialized Sexologist with a post graduate degree and working in the field of Sexology.  This professional typically hold a Ph.D., M.D., Psy.D. or other qualifying degree of higher education or a finishing degree in the field of Sexology. Click here to learn more.

Apprentice in Sexology Membership:

We have a lower price entry point for the college student or entry level professional not yet qualified in the profession but working on becoming a Clinical Sexologist.  Becoming a member and listing yourself  shows that you are serious about your profession. By making yourself visible allows other professionals the potential to offer you an opportunity to work within their practice. Only $8.25 a month.

Apprentice in Sexology Membership:

We have a lower price entry point for the college student or entry level professional not yet qualified in the profession but working on becoming a Clinical Sexologist.  Becoming a member and listing yourself  shows that you are serious about your profession. By making yourself visible allows other professionals the potential to offer you an opportunity to work within their practice. Only $8.25 a month.

Retired Sexologist Mentor Membership:

The Retired Sexologist Mentor Membership is designed for those professionals who no longer have a regular working hours, working with new clients, or does not have an office of practice, but still want to mentor young students in the field. The lower price point is in respect for professional not bringing in a traditional business income.  Only $8.25 a month.

Retired Sexologist Mentor Membership:

The Retired Sexologist Mentor Membership is designed for those professionals who no longer have a regular working hours, working with new clients, or does not have an office of practice, but still want to mentor young students in the field. The lower price point is in respect for professional not bringing in a traditional business income.  Only $8.25 a month.

Professional Sexologist Update Directory Listing:

You can update your Professional Membership Sexologist Directory Listing. This process is FREE and is available to all membership levels including Apprentice Membership, Retired Membership and FREE Membership. The FREE Membership is limited and this form is all you need to do.

To add your image to the Directory listing, please create a User Account here and upload your image in a square 250 pixel by 250 pixel (3.472 inch X 3.472inch) in Jpeg (.JPG), Adobe (.PNG) or .GIF format.

Professional Sexologist Update Directory Listing:

You can update your Professional Membership Sexologist Directory Listing. This process is FREE and is available to all membership levels including Apprentice Membership, Retired Membership and FREE Membership. The FREE Membership is limited and this form is all you need to do.

To add your image to the Directory listing, please create a User Account here and upload your image in a square 250 pixel by 250 pixel (3.472 inch X 3.472inch) in Jpeg (.JPG), Adobe (.PNG) or .GIF format.