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 SCHEDULING (beginning Mid-November 2019)

Beginning around 11/15/2019, certification exams will no longer be delivered at testing centers – instead, they will be delivered via live virtual proctoring, allowing candidates to take the CPRP and CFRP exams 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from the comfort of their own homes (or anywhere with an internet connection).  With this change, score reports will also be delivered upon completion of the exam, eliminating the wait for candidates to find out if they passed. 

Later this year, the platform for applying to sit for a PRA certification exam, apply for recertification, and reinstate a lapsed PRA credential will change to a new and more user-friendly system, allowing candidates and certified individuals to submit payment, apply, arrange to test, and receive results and certificates – all in the same electronic system!  In addition, candidates will be able to begin their eligibility applications before submitting payment (payment will be collected when application is submitted for review).

More information on exact launch dates and instructions will be made available here as they become available.

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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.  Once a certification exam application has been approved, candidate information will be sent to our test proctor, who will contact candidates directly via email with instructions on how to schedule their examination.  Please allow up to ten (10) business days following approval of your application to receive correspondence from our testing proctor.  If you have not heard from the test proctor after ten (10) business days, please check your spam and junk folders first, then email PRA at certs@psychrehabassociation.org.

Beginning late November, exam results and score reports will be available immediately following completion of the exam.  Candidates have one year from their eligibility approval date to take and pass the exam; the first exam attempt is included in the application fee.  Candidates that do not pass on the first attempt must submit a retake fee for each additional attempt (one attempt per retake fee) 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 a new exam application fee and application.

PLEASE NOTE: PRA no longer sends paper certificates; instead, electronic certificates will be sent to individuals who pass the exam via email.  Those that pass the exam, but have not yet completed work experience requirements, will be sent electronic certificates after they submit documentation of having met the work experience requirement of their eligibility pathway.

APPLY NOW! (PAY ONLINE)

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

*PLEASE NOTE: If your eligibility period has passed, you must submit a new application by clicking the orange APPLY NOW! button above.

About the Exam:

  • 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. 

Exam Application Instructions (on 11/15/2019, new instructions will be provided, as our system will be changing):

  • 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

Deadlines, Dates, and Refund Policy:

  • *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 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.  If a candidate does not schedule their exam attempt during their one-year eligibility period, their fees are forfeited, and they 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 improvements in our processes, PRA is now able to provide score reports to candidates in the month following their attempt (with further improvement coming in late 2019).  Please allow up to three weeks following the end of your attempt month before contacting PRA.  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.