CIP Recertification

Due to the unprecedented challenges associated with the current coronavirus outbreak, processing of exam and recertification applications may be delayed. Deadlines (including certification periods) will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, including the possibility of extending these deadlines and certification periods, as needed. Visit this page for more information.

CIPs must recertify every three years. Recertification may always be achieved by retaking and passing the CIP® examination. CIPs also have the option to recertify by continuing education (CE) twice in a nine-year period before being required to recertify by examination.  

As of January 1, 2017, once an individual maintains their certification for over ten consecutive years, they may recertify solely through CE credit, and need not sit for the examination.

For example: Those who pass the CIP® exam in 2011 are able to recertify by either examination or CE in 2014 and 2017. If they recertified by CE both times, they must take the examination in 2020 in order to maintain their certification. 

Recertification must be accomplished prior to the certification expiration date to avoid a lapse. If the lapse in certification is greater than six months, a CIP must take and pass the examination in order to recertify.

You must maintain a current certification if you wish to continue using the CIP credential after your name.

Application Information

Download the 2020 CIP® recertification by continuing education application and continuing education tracker.

Go here to recertify by examination.

2020 Fees

PRIM&R Member $350
Nonmember $475
Note: 2020 fees are in effect through December 31, 2020.

2020 Dates to Remember

Certification Date Recertification Application Due Date Certification Expiration Date
Spring 2017 February 7, 2020  for examination
July 15, 2020 for CE
June 30, 2020
Fall 2017 August 14, 2020 for examination
December 1, 2020 for CE
December 31, 2020

Contact Information

Please email your application, your documentation for your continuing education programs, and an excel copy of your continuing education tracker to

Recertification by Continuing Education

All continuing education (CE) credits must be earned after the date the examination was passed, but before the date the certification expires.  For those recertifying by CE for a consecutive time, CE credits for the second recertification cycle must be earned after the expiration date of the first certification.

Please email applications to If you do not want to include payment information on your application, please make a note in your email to us, so we can contact you for payment.


The CIP recertification by continuing education application includes an excel continuing education tracker. Recertification candidates should complete the CEU Tracker tab on the spreadsheet; credit hours will automatically populate in the credit hours tab.

Acceptable Continuing Education Activities

CIPs must complete 30 documented hours of CE in topics within the CIP® Body of Knowledge/Content Outline that are beyond the initial, basic, or fundamental level of knowledge. The Council encourages CIPs to complete CE activities representing a diversity of topics.

Learn which PRIM&R programs are eligible for CIP® recertification credit. PRIM&R members have complimentary access to recorded webinars that occurred one year ago or more through the Knowledge Center.

A Note on the Revised Common Rule

Continuing education credit for programs or webinars on the revised Common Rule must be completed prior to January 21, 2019. The CIP Council will not recognize continuing education credit for these programs or webinars in which CIPs participate after January 21, 2019.

At least 15 of the 30 hours must either:

Carry credits issued by a recognized accrediting body
Have received advanced recognition from the CCIP
  • ACPE
  • Nursing associations, professional organizations, or universities
  • PRIM&R annual conference
  • PRIM&R webinars with CIP® logo
  • AAHRPP annual conference (no pre-conference programs)
  • OHRP community forums
Acceptable continuing education credits for the 30 hours may include:
Programs sponsored by Common Rule signatories, including: Programs sponsored by associations, including:
  • DOE
  • FDA
  • NIH
  • OHRP
  • ORI
  • VA
  • PRIM&R
  • ACRP
  • CITI (select courses)
  • DIA
  • SoCRA
  • SRA
  • Short courses or intensive courses on topics within the CIP Body of Knowledge sponsored by bioethics centers, institutes, or universities.
  • Local and regional seminars, conferences, or presentations on topics within the CIP Body of Knowledge.
  • Webinars/webcasts on topics within the CIP Body of Knowledge
  • Formal college courses such as research bioethics, responsible conduct of research, research design, grant design, research methodology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, field research techniques, and statistics; courses must be successfully completed. Each three-credit or semester course is equivalent to 10 CE credits.
  • Web-based courses that are designed for continuing education or have assigned CE hours, other than programs used for initial training.
  • Self-study programs including (but not limited to) books or journals with documented quizzes, tests, and/or exercises. Note: Functioning as a pre-publication reviewer of journal articles of any type, regardless of whether CE credits are issued for the activity, is not considered self study in this context and, therefore, does not qualify for CIP CE credits.
Unacceptable Continuing Education Activities

Unacceptable continuing education activities include:

  • Topics outside the CIP Body of Knowledge/Content Outline
  • Disease/condition management topics
  • Accreditation preparation activities
  • Programs an individual develops and/or instructs
  • Education that is at an initial, basic, or fundamental level Examples: IRB 101, CITI training
  • CPR Training
  • Hours spent attending IRB meetings
  • Training conducted as part of IRB meetings


CIPs are responsible for maintaining the source documentation that supports their CE claims. In order to be accepted as credit, all CE documentation must include the individual’s name printed on the document and:

  • Date
  • Program title
  • Sponsor name
  • Number of hours attended

If the CE is met through a college course, the formal transcript must be available for verification.

For CE events where accreditation is claimed, CIPs must verify that the events are eligible as accredited CE hours. CIPs should not assume that a CE event continues to carry accredited CE hours just because it was eligible for accredited CE hours in the past.

The CIP Council appreciates the efforts of applicants who carefully review their CE records and only submit relevant and legible information that clearly demonstrates how the candidate has met the CIP CE requirements on the application.

CIPs are responsible for retaining source documentation (certificates, letters of attendance, etc.) for at least three years following recertification by CE. Individuals should be prepared to submit copies of source material, when requested, for audit and continuing quality improvement purposes. If CIPs participate in a program that does not offer source documentation to attendees, those programs should be logged on their CE tracker spreadsheet, and be signed by a supervisor to confirm attendance.

Denial of Recertification

Those who are denied recertification by CE because of improper/incomplete documentation may appeal that decision by writing to the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals, in care of PRIM&R. The letter must clearly describe the reasons why the candidate believes that recertification was improperly denied and include all documentation to support such a claim. This appeal must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the postmark date of the original denial letter. The appeal will be considered by the CIP Council and written notice of the final decision will be sent to the candidate.

There are no refunds if an audit reveals a problem with the application.