Recertification

You've distinguished yourself as a leader in the psychiatric rehabilitation field.  Stay competitive by keeping your credential current!
 

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CPRPs and CFRPs must recertify every three (3) years. 

Recertification is simple - simply search for "Recert" in the store (click "Shop" in the blue menu above) to get started!

Your certification as a CPRP or CFRP has distinguished you as an accomplished professional in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, in the eyes of both consumers and employers.  As the field continues to expand, and new insights and practices develop, it is essential that you continue to enhance your expertise and knowledge through continued professional development.  By maintaining your CPRP or CFRP credential through recertification, you not only differentiate yourself from competition in the workforce, you become more proficient and effective in your role as a provider.

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*THE RECERTIFY NOW BUTTON WILL TAKE YOU TO THE RECERTIFICATION ITEM IN THE PRA STORE (THE IMAGE SAYS APPLICATION FOR RECERTIFICATION).  SELECT RENEW IN THE DROPDOWN, THEN ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS ON THE APPLICATION BEFORE ADDING TO YOUR CART.

Recertification Requirements:

In order to recertify, CPRPs and CFRPs must meet the following requirements every three (3) years:

  • Complete a minimum of 45 contact hours of education/training within the field, at least 50% of which must be official CPRP or CFRP contact hours provided by either the Academy for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery or a PRA-Approved Provider of Continuing Education (chapters and other designated organizations - contact the organizer of an activity to verify).  *As this is a fairly new option, PRA will provide significant flexibility with this requirement for those recertifying in 2018.
  • A minimum of 4 of these contact hours must be specific to ethics.
  • Attest to their good standing within the field.
  • Recommit to abide by the PRA Code of Ethics.
  • Submit the appropriate recertification fee.

PLEASE NOTE: You are not required to submit all documentation of your credits at the time of recertification, however you are required to maintain this documentation (i.e. CE Certificates) in the event of audit [see Recertification Audit Information below].  Please refer to the Identifying Acceptable PSR Training for Recertification section below for more information regarding what counts towards your CE requirements.

New Deadlines

Recertification is due on September 30th of your expiration year, but may be submitted for the entire calendar year (please see Deadlines and Pricing below).  Those that choose not to recertify will find their credential terminated at Midnight on December 31st of their expiration year.  You've worked hard to earn and maintain your credential - don't let that happen!

Deadlines and Pricing

  • Early Bird recertification - deadline March 31st of your recertification year - cost $129.00 (PRA members) / $249.00 (nonmembers)
  • Standard recertification - deadline September 30th of your recertification year - cost $145.00 (PRA members) / $265 (nonmembers)
  • Last Chance recertification - deadline December 31st of your recertification year - cost $195 (PRA members) / $315 (nonmembers)*

*On January 1st of the year following their recertification year, those that choose not to recertify will find their credential terminated.  There is no appeal from lapse of a PRA credential. If your credential lapses, you must go through the entire application process again - submit a new exam application fee, go through the application review process, and pass the certification exam.

Has your rertification lapsed?  To reapply to sit for the for CPRP certification exam, click here. To reapply for CFRP certification exam, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: The recertification application is only viewable to individuals who have a registered account on the PRA website, during the calendar year in which their certification is set to expire (their "recertification year"). Please log in to see the product in the online store. The application may only be purchased by individuals. If you require assistance, please contact PRA.

THE RECERTIFY NOW BUTTON WILL TAKE YOU TO THE RECERTIFICATION ITEM IN THE PRA STORE (THE IMAGE SAYS APPLICATION FOR RECERTIFICATION).  SELECT RENEW IN THE DROPDOWN, THEN ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS ON THE APPLICATION BEFORE ADDING TO YOUR CART.

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IF YOUR RECERTIFICATION IS NOT DUE WITHIN THE CURRENT CALENDAR YEAR, IT WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN THE STORE.

The Certification Commission of Psychiatric Rehabilitation encourages recertification to:

  • Sustain a workforce competent to support the needs of persons in recovery
  • Meet the goals of the behavioral healthcare field
  • Illustrate the positive impact that skilled psychiatric rehabilitation and resiliency practitioners provide
  • Encourage ongoing credentialing of behavioral healthcare practitioners

Identifying Acceptable PSR Training for Recertification

Continuing education offers the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills, and resources through conferences, in-service trainings, seminars, webcasts, or approved independent study trainings. In order to maximize the continuing educational experience, CPRPs should consider the following when seeking continuing educational opportunities:

  • Select presenters with the necessary credentials to present the information
  • Find educational programs that can fill current professional goals
  • Consider evidenced based practices, information, and management
  • Assess knowledge attained and how this knowledge will affect your practice

For purposes of the CPRP recertification, training must address the treatment and/or rehabilitation of serious/persistent mental illness in adults or transition-age youth (age 16+); for CFRPs, children/families.  Possible topics include any of the CPRP practice domains, as well as direct care, vocational or life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc.  Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc., are only acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.

For the purposes of CFRP recertification, training must address resiliency services for children living with mental illness or severe emotional disturbances and their families.  Possible topics include any of the CFRP practice domains, direct care, life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc. Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc., are also acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation and resiliency practice.

Instruction on the use of treatment modalities in opposition to a recovery-based philosophy may not be used to fulfill the 45 hour requirement (e.g., use of restraints, involuntary commitment, forced medication, etc.). 

Acceptable Education & Training Activity Formats Include:

  • Activities sponsored by PRA-Approved Providers of Continuing Education (PRF's Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, most PRA Chapters and Affiliates, PSR Canada, and other designated organizations. Contact the activity sponsor to inquire about PRA Approved Provider status).

  • Approved participation in Item-Writing and/or Test Assembly meetings.
  • Presenting training to an audience of psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners with content that meets the requirements for exam applicants (a specific course or session may be counted ONLY ONCE for training credit).
  • Articles on any topic within the CPRP Practice Domains, published in peer-reviewed journals; books and book chapters (self-published volumes are not accepted)
  • Independent study, distance learning, online educational activities, or courses in psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health sponsored by an established/accredited academic institution or approved by the Certification Commission.
  • Training in any of the various models of rehabilitation (clubhouse, lodge, case management, etc.).

  • Training that address the rehabilitation and/or treatment of persons (within the appropriate age group for the credential you are seeking) with serious mental illness:
    • Workshops in related mental health disciplines
    • In-service training on relevant topics provided within your agency
    • Training sponsored by a state or provincial mental health authority
  • Training or workshops addressing related components of services such as vocational rehabilitation, supported education, housing, etc

Acceptable Training Topics:

All training must address the treatment and/or rehabilitation of serious mental illness within the appropriate population (CPRP: adults/transition-age youth over age 16; CFRP: children and youth under age 18), and be relevant to the practice domains as outlined on the corresponding Exam Blueprint ( CPRP Exam Blueprint and/or CFRP Exam Blueprint).

Acceptable Training Topics and Activities:

  • Direct care
  • Life skills training
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Supported housing education
  • Intervention
  • Treatment modalities
  • Medications
  • Diversity
  • Ethical/legal issues
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders*
  • Topics specific to Children*
  • Human Development/Sexuality*
  • Topics relevant to the practice domains as outlined on the corresponding Exam Blueprint (CPRP Exam Blueprintand/or CFRP Exam Blueprint)

Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc, may also be acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.

*These topics are accepted ONLY for individuals pursuing CFRP recertification.

Unacceptable Training Topics and Activities:

The topics below, while useful, do not address the practice domains identified for a PRA credential.  Instruction on the use of treatment modalities in opposition to a recovery-based philosophy may not be used to fulfill the 45 hour requirement (e.g., use of restraints, involuntary commitment, forced medication, etc.).  Some related topics listed below (infection control, medical complications, autism spectrum disorders, etc.) may be acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.

  • CPR/First aid, Fire safety, Disaster training
  • Hazardous/Materials handling (MSDS)
  • Infection/Bloodborn Pathogens
  • Driver's Education (including for transport vehicles)
  • Training on computer software
  • Agency-Specific Training (i.e. Sexual Harassment in the workplace), Staff Meetings or Retreats, or Routine Couching, Training, or Supervising of Staff
  • Internships
  • Topics specific to an age group not served by the credential you hold
  • Conditions not presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice:
    • Older Adults/Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease/Aging
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Domestic Violence/Abuse/Neglect
    • Drug Use/Abuse (unless specific to co-occuring disorders)
    • Death and Dying
    • Anger Managment
  • Courses taken towards a completed degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, etc…)
  • Topics contrary to the principles of psych rehab (including but not limited to involuntary commitment, use of restraints, forced medication, etc)

Training Topics Eligible for Recertification: All training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness” and relevant to the practice domains as outlined on the corresponding Exam Blueprint (CPRP Exam Blueprintand/or CFRP Exam Blueprint).

 

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Additional Recertification Information:

Calculating Contact Hours: One (1) contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of instructional time, exclusive of breaks, lunches or homework time.

Credit for training provided for others in the field:

  • Sole presenter of an activity: Earns twice the contact hours for attendance.
  • Co-presenter and were actively involved for the entire presentation: Earns twice the contact hours for attendance.
  • Co-presenter with responsibility for a specific portion of the presentation (e.g., a one-hour module of a full-day seminar): Earns twice the clock hours presented. Attendance at the remainder of the session may be counted as regular attendance time. 
  • Presentations of the same title and content may be documented only once during a three-year re-certification period. 

Credit for articles, chapters and books about psychiatric rehabilitation:
An article in a professional journal or a chapter in a published book may count as 10 hours of training, but may not be used until the article or chapter is published. Book reviews or short articles in nonprofessional journals are not considered for continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application. Writing or editing of a published book on psychiatric rehabilitation, earns up to 30 hours of continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application.

Please note: A minimum of 50% of the required hours (22.5) must be earned through attendance or completion of approved trainings sponsored by a PRA Approved Provider of Continuing Education (PRF's Academy of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, most PRA Chapters and Affiliates, PSR Canada, and other designated organizations. Contact the activity sponsor to inquire about PRA Approved Provider status), exclusive of any presentations, publications or other acceptable training activities/topics. If you participated in the same training more than once, count ONLY the initial presentation. Repeat presentations will NOT be accepted.

Recertification Audit
Accuracy and upholding the integrity of your credential is of the utmost importance to the Certification Commission for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. In an attempt to illustrate this commitment, approximately 10% of all recertification applicants are randomly selected for audit and are required to produce evidence of completion of the required hours. An audit form will be provided to selected applicants, time provided for completion, and criteria for completion.

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