CFRP Exam Information

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For most candidates, preparing for the CFRP Exam is a fairly large undertaking, but the payoff of becoming certified is well worth it!  Passing the exam goes far beyond qualifying to take it. Our goal is for candidates to be prepared by being properly educated and trained in the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation prior to applying to sit for the exam. Be sure to thoroughly review the CFRP Exam Eligibility Requirements to determine the steps you will need to take to qualify.

Exam Eligibility

CFRP exam candidates must meet eligibility requirements in three categories: (1) academic preparation; (2) practical/work experience with children and their families; and (3) qualifying education and training (professional development).

Exam Fees

Candidates must submit the appropriate application and exam fee online: Member: $395; Non-Member: $515. Retake Fees: Member: $200; Non-Member: $300 (fees are subject to change without notice). Exam fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Exam Dates & Application Deadlines

The CFRP examination is offered 2 times each year. Each testing window is open for a period of 2 weeks. Applications and fees must be submitted by the Application/Fee Deadline. Supplemental materials including, official transcripts, training logs and employment verification forms must be submitted by the date indicated for each testing windown. Applications completed after the deadline for a testing window will be referred to the next available testing window; there is no option to apply late for a testing window.

CFRP Preparation

A CFRP Prep Course in under development.  Please refer to our Preparing for the CFRP Exam page for a list of available resources.

Study Groups

Candidates are strongly encouraged to form or join Study Groups with others planning to sit for the exam. Applications are due well in advance of the exam date, so you may want to begin the study process before you submit your application. This will also help to ensure your level of confidence at the time of application.

Recommended Readings

The Certification Commission has compiled a list of recommended readings, consisting of documents and texts used in referencing exam items. Many of these resources are available directly from PRA, while others may be purchased through retail bookstores, or borrowed from public libraries. Reading these texts alone will not prepare a candidate for the exam.

Qualifying Education & Training

The majority of exam candidates will need to complete 45 contact hours of qualifying education and training in psychiatric rehabilitation, and 4 of which must be within the field of Ethics. All qualifying education and training (professional development) hours must be earned within the three years preceding application. These hours may be earned in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, conferences, seminars, college or university courses, in-service trainings offered at your place of employment, or online. The Academy for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery offers a number of training opportunities, including webinars, online courses, and our Annual Wellness and Recovery Summit.  Many PRA chapters and affiliates are approved to provide educational opportunities for CFRPs and CFRP exam candidates.

All trainings offered by the Academy and/or PRA Approved Providers will be accepted by the Certification Commisssion towards Training & Education requirements. Training provided by other organizations/agencies, if reflective of the eight practice domains of a CFRP, may also be acceptable; however additional documentation may be requested during the application process to ensure that the content of the training is relevant to psychiatric rehabilitation.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Continuing Education and Training Log: use this form to record qualifying education and training (professional development) activities completed as you prepare to apply for the CFRP examination.