Preparing for the Exam

Preparing for the CPRP examination is a fairly large undertaking for most candidates. Passing the exam goes far beyond qualifying to sit for the exam. With an average passing rate of 67%, many candidates have to attempt the exam more than once. Our goal is for candidates to be well prepared, well educated and properly trained in the principles of psychiatric rehabilitation prior to applying to sit for the examination. Please be sure to thoroughly review the CPRP Exam Eligibility Requirements to determine the steps you will need to take to qualify.

Practice Test

In an effort to assist CPRP candidates in preparing for the exam, the Certification Commission has created a practice test. The test is available online via our testing partner. The practice test contains 60 multiple-choice items (questions) from the seven 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 70% or higher. When registering for the test, you will be charged $40(US) by the testing company. The practice test is available ONLINE ONLY.

Link to practice test: www.IBT.PROMETRIC.COM/USPRA

If you receive a security message, it is OK to continue to the page. You will be directed to our new testing vendor to register and purchase the practice test.

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 USPRA, 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.

Continuing Education

The majority of exam candidates will need to complete 45 contact hours of education and training in psychiatric rehabilitation. 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. USPRA offers a number of training opportunities, including webinars, instructor-led online courses, independent trainings, and the annual conference. Many state and local chapters of USPRA also offer educational opportunities for CPRPs and CPRP exam candidates.

The Certification Commission accepts all trainings offered by USPRA, or a USPRA Approved Provider. Trainings in psychiatric rehabilitation and reflective of the seven practice domains of a CPRP (see the Exam Blueprint) provided by other organizations/agencies may also be acceptable; however, additional documentation may be required during the application process to ensure that the content of the training is relevant to psychiatric rehabilitation.

Complete details on how to identify acceptable training hours.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Primer and CPRP Preparation Course
Live, instructor-led training is considered by all to be highly effective, as it best facilitates real-time interaction, in-depth information sharing and direct response to questions. Few educational opportunities are considered more valuable than meeting and interfacing directly with an instructor, staff support, and other students. USPRA is pleased to offer the following instructor-led course:

“Understanding Psychiatric Rehabilitation through the Seven Practice Domains:
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Primer and CPRP Preparation Course”

August 2012
Register online (log in first) or Download Registration Form


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.