CPRP Exam Information

Your guide to preparing for the CPRP Exam.

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For most candidates, preparing for the CPRP 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 CPRP Exam Eligibility Requirements to determine the steps you will need to take to qualify.

Exam Eligibility

CPRP exam candidates must meet eligibility requirements in three categories: (1) academic preparation; (2) practical/work experience with adults and/or transition-age youth (16+ years old); 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

PRA Certification Exams are now available 365 days per year!  For dates and deadlines, please click here.

CPRP Prep Course

Offered both online and in-person, the CPRP Prep Course is an instructor-led training designed to prepare you for the CPRP exam. The course facilitates interaction, in-depth information sharing and direct response to questions. Sign-up today!  

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.  PRA does not manage study groups, and cannot assist with connecting you to one; please reach out to colleagues or employers in your region, or a nearby PRA Chapter or Affiliate to connect ot other prospective CPRPs.

Practice Test 

In an effort to assist CPRP candidates in preparing for the exam, the Certification Commission has created an online practice test, containing 50 multiple-choice items (questions) from the seven CPRP practice domains. The items are of similar content and difficulty level as the actual examination. To pass the practice test, you must achieve a score of 72% or higher, however it is recommended that you achieve an 80% or higher before sitting for the actual exam. Take the practice test to know where you stand with your knowledge. Applicants who purchase the practice test can attempt to pass the test three (3) times using the same login/password.

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 submission of the exam 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 the CPRP Prep Course, webinars, online courses, and our Annual Wellness and Recovery Summit.  Many PRA chapters and affiliates are approved to provide educational opportunities for CPRPs and CPRP exam candidates.

For more information on Qualifying Education & Training, click here.

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 seven practice domains of a CPRP, 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 CPRP examination.