History of the CPRP

The purpose of the Certification Commission is to provide the governance, coordination, planning, and operation of the certification process. The Commission has absolute authority over the policy of operations of the Certification Program. This Commission was established by Article VI of the Bylaws of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA). Additionally, the Commission will promote the welfare of people with psychiatric disabilities by establishing professional standards for those engaged in providing psychiatric rehabilitation services to such individuals with the object of assisting and encouraging all persons engaged in the profession of psychiatric rehabilitation to achieve and maintain the highest professional standards.


Prior to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certification Program, psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners participated in a voluntary Registry for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners. Registry participants met initial eligibility requirements, submitted an application, and provided case studies for committee review. Applicants received the Registered Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (RPRP) or Associate Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (APRP) credential.


With the inception of the test-based credential, the registry was phased out. The last group of registry applicants was accepted in 2001. Existing RPRPs and APRPs were offered the opportunity to “grandfather” into the new Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certification program. The Registry for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners was officially eliminated on June 30, 2005.