Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

CPRP Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for the CPRP must meet eligibility requirements in three categories: academic preparation, work experience, and training in psychiatric rehabilitation.
 

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Eligibility Requirements

Individuals of all backgrounds can achieve the CPRP. Currently, CPRPs vary from MDs, PhDs to GEDs, occupational therapists to peer specialists, social workers to caseworkers – all sharing a commitment to the fundamental principle that recovery from serious mental illness is possible.

Candidates for the CPRP must meet eligibility requirements in three categories:

  1. Academic preparation
  2. Work experience [related to providing psychiatric rehabilitation (recovery-oriented) for adults and/or transition-age youth (16+ years old)]
  3. Qualifying Education and Training in psychiatric rehabilitation

Nearly all candidates are required to complete 45 hours of applicable trainings. All training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness.” This includes topics on direct care, vocational or life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc.

PLEASE NOTE: The certification exam application is only viewable to individuals who have a registered account on the PRA website. Please log in to see the product in the online store. The applicaiton may only be purchased by individuals. If you require assistance, please contact PRA.

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Pathways to the CPRP

IMPORTANT PATHWAY NOTATIONS:

  1. Practical Experience: Employment/work experience must be in psychiatric rehabilitation/recovery-oriented environment serving adults and/or transition-age youth (ages 16+ years) with serious and persistent mental illness
  2. A qualifying internship includes a minimum of 400 supervised hours in a psychiatric rehabilitation environment where the supervisor is a CPRP in good standing.
  3. Full-time work equivalents: 6 months = 1000 hours; 12 months = 2000 hours; 24 months = 4000 hours
  4. A qualifying Peer Specialist credential is defined as a certificate/certification program containing 45 or more hours of training directly related to the 7 practice domains of psychiatric rehabilitation as outlined on the CPRP exam blueprint.
  5. If the CPS does not include a minimum of 45 training hours that relate to the 7 practice domains of psychiatric rehabilitation, additional training in the psych rehab practice domains is required. Applicants are required to submit a copy of the course/program syllabus/outline along with a certificate of completion from the granting body/organization to demonstrate qualifying training.

Pathway #2 is in effect for applications submitted after February 13, 2015 (Spring 2015 examination cycle). Current applicants who are not successful on their first attempt would be eligible to retest under current policy.

Required Documentation Checklist

Utilize the CPRP Application Checklist to help ensure you have the necessary documentation complete to take the CPRP Exam. 

Calculating Training Hours: 1 contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of training.

Please note:
Required experience, education, and training must be accumulated prior to submission of your application and all psychiatric rehabilitation training/qualifying education must be directly applicable to the seven (7) domains explained on the Exam Blue Print.

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PLEASE NOTE: The certification exam application is only viewable to individuals who have a registered account on the PRA website. Please log in to see the product in the online store. The applicaiton may only be purchased by individuals. If you require assistance, please contact PRA.

Application/exam fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. All requirements must be met prior to applying. Incomplete applications may be delayed or denied. Additional fees will apply for incomplete applications. All fees are subject to change.