CPRP Continuing Education

CPRP recertification applicants are required to report 45 contact hours of training over the three-year period immediately preceding the certification expiration date. Please complete the training section in its entirety.


One-half (50%) of all reported hours must be exclusive of any presentations, publications or other acceptable activities.  If you participated in the same training more than once, count ONLY the initial presentation. Repeat presentations will NOT be accepted.  


Provide ALL of the following information for EVERY session, workshop or activity that is part of a larger conference or training event.  (You may list a conference or other training as a single event and attach a list of the sessions attended):


Acceptable training formats include:

·         Courses in psychiatric rehabilitation or mental health offered by an established university or college.

·         Institutes and workshops at USPRA conferences.

·         USPRA (Formerly IAPSRS) chapter conference sessions on relevant topics.

·         Training in any of the various models of rehabilitation (clubhouse, lodge, case management, etc.).

·         Workshops in related mental health disciplines, which address the rehabilitation and/or treatment of persons with serious mental illnesses.

·         In-service training on relevant topics, provided within your agency on rehabilitation or treatment of persons with serious mental illness.

·         Training sponsored by a state or provincial mental health authority in rehabilitation or treatment of persons with serious mental illness.

·         Training or workshops addressing related components of services such as vocational rehabilitation, supported education, housing, etc.

·         Distance-learning courses (on-line, audio-conferences, etc) offered on relevant topics by established universities, colleges, and national/chapters of USPRA or PSR Canada.  


Approved Training Activities

·         Participation in CPRP Item-writing and/or Test Assembly meetings.

·         Attendance at approved educational activities

·         Independent study or distance learning activities sponsored by an accredited academic institution (or approved by the Certification Commission)

·         Presenting training to an audience of psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners with content that meets the requirements for exam applicants (see section 3(4)c) .  A specific course or session may be counted ONLY ONCE for training credit.

·         Articles on any topic within the CPRP Practice Domains, published in peer-reviewed journals; books and book chapters (self-published volumes are not accepted)

·         Relevant training topics


All training must address “the treatment and/or rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness” and relevant to the 7 practice domains of a CPRP. Examples of acceptable topics are:

  • Direct care
  • Life skills training
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Supported housing education
  • Intervention
  • Treatment modalities
  • Medications
  • Diversity
  • Ethical/legal issues

Related topics such as infection control, dealing with medical complications, etc, may also be acceptable if presented in the context of psychiatric rehabilitation practice.


Examples of Unacceptable Training Activities Include:

  • CPR/First aid                
  • Fire safety
  • Disaster training 
  •  Materials handling/MSDS
  •  Driver education (for transport vans)
  •  Training on computer software 
  •  Agency Specific Training
  • Topics specific to Children/Adolescents
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Human Development
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  •  Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Death and Dying
  • Internships
  • Courses taken towards a completed degree (Associates, Bachelors, Masters, etc…)
  • Staff meetings / Retreats
  • Routine coaching, training, or supervising staff

The content of these sessions, while useful, does not address the practice domains identified for the CPRP credential. 


Calculating Credit Earned

1 contact hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of instructional time, exclusive of breaks, lunches or homework time.


Credit for training provided for others in the field:

·         Sole presenter of an activity: earns twice the contact hours for attendance.

·         Co-presenter and were actively involved for the entire presentation:  earns twice the contact hours for attendance.

·         Co-presenter and were responsible for a specific portion of the presentation (e.g., a one-hour module of a full-day seminar): earns twice the clock hours presented. Attendance at the remainder of the session may be counted as regular attendance time. 

·         Presentations of the same title and content may be documented only once during a three-year re-certification period. 


Credit for articles, chapters and books about psychiatric rehabilitation:

An article in a professional journal or a chapter in a published book may count as 10 hours of training, but may not be used until the article or chapter is published.  Book reviews or short articles in nonprofessional journals are not considered for continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application.


Writing or editing of a published book on psychiatric rehabilitation, earns up to 30 hours of continuing education. The first page of the publication must be included with the recertification application.