Exam 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 case workers – 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; and
  3. 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 would include topics on direct care, vocational or life skills training, crisis intervention, treatment modalities, medications, diversity, ethical/legal issues, etc.
 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to take the CPRP Practice Test in preparation for the exam.

Required experience, education, and training must be accumulated prior to submission of your application. 

 

Minimum Requirements for Individuals with Academic Preparation in Psychiatric Rehabilitation 
Individuals who have formal academic preparation in psychiatric rehabilitation are not required to submit additional training hours.

PATHWAY I.

·         Bachelor Degree (or higher) in Psychiatric Rehabilitation; and

·         Six months of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment

PATHWAY II.

·         Associate Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation; and

·         12 months (1 year) of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment

PATHWAY III.

·         Graduation from an accredited Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate Program;

·         24 months (2 years) of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment


Minimum Requirements for Individuals with Academic Preparation in ALL Other Fields
Individuals with academic preparation in mental health related field (e.g., psychology, social work, rehabilitation counseling, etc.) are required to complete additional training hours specific to psychiatric rehabilitation.

 

PATHWAY IV.

·         Bachelor Degree (or higher) in any field;

·         12 months (1 year) of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment; and

·         45 contact hours (training hours) in psychiatric rehabilitation.

 

PATHWAY V.

·         Associates Degree in any field;

·         24 months (2 years) of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment; and

·         45 contact hours (training hours) in psychiatric rehabilitation.

 

PATHWAY VI.

·         High School Diploma or GED;

·         24 months (2 years) of full-time work experience in a psychiatric rehabilitation program/environment; and

·         45 contact hours (training hours) in psychiatric rehabilitation.

 

Please Note: All psychiatric rehabilitation training/continuing education must be directly applicable to the seven (7) domains explained on the Exam Blue Print (PDF).


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


Required Documentation 
All required documents must be included or accounted for in the application packet:

1.     Official Transcript or Diploma 

2.     Employment Verification for documented work experience

3.     Training/Continuing Education Listing


Things to Note:

 

Official transcript of the qualifying degree or diploma from an accredited academic institution must bear an official seal and/or signature and must be provided to USPRA in its original sealed envelope from the academic institution (Electronic copies sent directly from the academic institution may also be accepted).

If the degree/diploma was granted under a previously used name, please note this on the exam application in the space provided.

 

Employment Verification Forms MUST be signed by a supervisor, and submitted in a signed and sealed envelope. Employment verification is required from all positions held during the qualifying employment period. 

 

Work Experience may be earned through full-time, part-time, volunteer, internship or placement in a psychiatric rehabilitation program. Part-time work can be pro-rated as Full Time Equivalents. Volunteer work, internships or placements in psychiatric rehabilitations program may count for up to one half (50%) of the required employment experience.  

 

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Training/Continuing Education is required for nearly all applicants. The following information MUST be provided for every course, session, seminar or online training documented in the application:

  1. Session title
  2. Date and location (city/state)
  3. Name/qualification of instructor(s)
  4. Sponsoring organization
  5. Number of contact hours earned
  6. Applicable Exam Domain

Application 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.

 

In order to be approved to sit for the CPRP Examination you must:

  • Meet eligibility requirements for education, work experience, and training, in one of the pathways;
  • Satisfactorily pass a criminal background review;
  • Provide a signed statement agreeing to abide by USPRA Practitioner Code of Ethics; and
  • Submit the appropriate application and examination fees.