CPIA Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How much does it cost to take the certification exam?
The application fee for the certification exam is $335 for PRIM&R members and $435 for nonmembers.

Q: How long is the certification valid and how can it be renewed?
Certification is valid for five years. You can renew it either by retaking and passing the exam, or by fulfilling the requirements to recertify through continuing education credits.

Q: How can I obtain more information about CPIA?
A: Download the CPIA Handbook.

Q: Who is responsible for management of the CPIA program?
The CPIA certification program is sponsored by PRIM&R through the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA). As described in the CCPIA Policies and Procedures Manual, the Council is responsible for reviewing questions for the CPIA exam, maintaining a registry of certified individuals, revoking certification when necessary. Applied Measurement Professionals administers the CPIA exam.

Q: How can I become involved with CCPIA?
Please contact us for further information.

Q: Can my CPIA designation be revoked?
Yes, certification can be revoked for any of the following reasons:

  1. Falsification of an application.
  2. Misrepresentation of certification status.
  3. Violation of the CCPIA Code of Ethics found in the CPIA Handbook.

The Appeals Committee of the CCPIA provides an appeal mechanism for challenging revocation of certification. It is the responsibility of the concerned individual to initiate this process.

Q: What should I do if I have additional questions about certification or recertification?
Please contact us for further information or call 617.423.4112, ext. 0.