Certification Exam Dates & Deadlines

If you are interested in either the CPRP or CFRP credential, please read below for information on exam eligibility, dates, and deadlines.
 

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EXAM SCHEDULE (effective 1/1/2019)

  • Exam Period 1: January 1 - March 31

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately April 30
  • Exam Period 2: April 1 - June 30

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately July 31
  • Exam Period 3: July 1 - September 30

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately October 31
  • Exam Period 4: October 1 - December 31

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately January 31

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In order to be approved to sit for a PRA Certification Examination you must:

  • Meet the Academic Preparation and Education & Training requirements of your selected Eligibility Pathway
  • Submit the appropriate application and exam fee: 
    • Exam Application Fee: $395 (members) / $515 (nonmembers)
    • Retake Fee: $200 (members) / $320 (nonmembers)*
  • Complete the online exam application (access provided via email after submitting the appropriate application/exam fee), documenting your completion of pathway requirements, and committing to abide by the PRA Code of Ethics
  • *New for 2019!  You may now sit for the exam prior to completing work experience requirements.  After passing the exam, your credential will become active once you have met the work experience requirement.

PRA Certification Examinations are offered 365 days per year, and scored quarterly.  Once a certification exam application has been approved, candidate information will be sent to PSI, our testing center provider, who will contact candidates directly via email with instructions on how to schedule the date and time of their examination (at any of PSI's available testing centers worldwide - click here for US/Canada locations or here for International locations).  PRA will send PSI newly approved candidate information weekly.  Please allow up to ten (10) business days following approval of your application to receive correspondence from PSI.  If you have not heard from PSI after ten (10) business days, please check your spam and junk folders first, then email PRA at certs@psychrehabassociation.org.

Exam results are scored at the conclusion of each exam period (at the end of every quarter).  The scoring process can take up to one month, after which score reports will be sent via email to candidates (i.e. candidates that take the exam between January 1st and March 31st will receive score reports by early May, depending on how long the scoring process takes for the testing period).  Candidates have one year from their eligibility approval date to take and pass the exam.  The first attempt at the exam is included in the candidate's application fee; candidates that do not pass will be eligible to retake the exam upon submission of the appropriate retake fee (one attempt per retake fee), up to three times (once per quarter) during their one-year eligibility period.  Once the one-year eligibility period has passed, candidates must re-apply to sit for the exam by submitting the exam application fee and completing a new application.

EXAM SCHEDULE (effective 1/1/2019)

  • Exam Period 1: January 1 - March 31

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately April 30
  • Exam Period 2: April 1 - June 30

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately July 31
  • Exam Period 3: July 1 - September 30

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately October 31
  • Exam Period 4: October 1 - December 31

    • Results/Score Reports will be sent approximately January 31

APPLY NOW! (PAY ONLINE)

Need to Retake an Exam (within your one-year eligibility period)?  Click Here

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The certification exam application is 100% paperless. PRA will discard any mailed, faxed, or emailed documents relating to exam eligibility applications, unless requested by PRA staff or the Commission.  All aspects of your application must be uploaded into your online application.  Instructions on beginning an application will be sent upon purchase of the exam application fee in the PRA store.
  • Before beginning the application, the individual seeking certification must:
    1. Create their own individual account on the PRA website, then login.**
    2. Once logged in, submit payment for the application fee in the PRA online store (search "exam").***
    3. Once payment is received, follow the instructions in the confirmation email to register on the application site.
    4. If you do not receive a confirmation email within one hour of submitting payment, please email certs@psychrehabassociation.org for assistance.
  • You must submit payment for the application fee before beginning your exam application.
  • ​*Please note: There are no longer deadlines for submitting your completed application in time for a specific testing period.  The date you sit for the exam determines when you will receive your results/score report.  Due to psychometrician scoring fees, each exam period will only be scored once; if you sit for the exam after the quarterly deadline, you will receive your results when the next quarterly exam period is scored.  PRA is unable to provide exceptions under any circumstances, and will not respond to these requests.
  • ​PRA online store exam application links:
  • Need to purchase a retake (within your one-year eligibility period)?  Click Here
  • *All deadlines are non-negotiable.  You are highly encouraged to submit your completed application well before your desired testing date, in order to address any reviewer inquiries or requests regarding your application, connectivity issues, testing center date/time availability, etc.

    • Application Period: Candidates must complete and submit their exam application within one year (365 days) of submitting the exam application fee.  Applications abandoned or incomplete after one year of purchase will be deleted from the application site, at which point candidates must submit another exam application fee and begin a new application.  Applications that have been returned for revisions may be granted extensions on a case-by-case basis, however exceeding the terms of the extension will result in the application being deleted from the site.  Once an application has expired or been deleted, candidates must submit another exam application fee and begin a new application.
    • Eligibility Period: Candidates must sit for the exam within one year (365 days) of their application being approved.  Candidates who fail the exam may retake the exam in subsequent quarters (once per quarter) upon submission of a retake fee (one retake fee per additional attempt), until the one-year anniversary of their application approval.  Once the eligibility period has passed, candidates must submit another exam application fee and begin a new application.
    • The date a candidate sits for an exam determines when they will receive their results/score report.  Due to psychometrician scoring fees, each exam period will only be scored once; if a candidate sits for an exam after the quarterly deadline, they will receive their results/score report when the next quarterly exam period is scored.  PRA is unable to provide exceptions under any circumstances, and will not respond to these requests.

  • **Application fees are non-transferrable.  The user record for which an Exam Application is purchased must correspond to the person intending to take the exam.

  • ***Application fees are non-refundable.  If you believe you are seeing the nonmember price in error, DO NOT complete your purchase.  Instead, email certs@psychrehabassociation.org to verify your member status.