CPIA Eligibility

The Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA) program is for individuals whose primary job responsibilities include substantial involvement in and overseeing, administering, or performing the daily activities of an institution's animal care and use committee (IACUC) program. The CPIA designation is not intended to be used as a means of qualification for IACUC-related employment for applicants who do not have any prior IACUC-related work experience. Candidates must qualify to sit for the CPIA examination by one of the following routes:

  • A Bachelor's degree, and two years of qualifying, relevant IACUC experience within the past seven years


  • Four years of qualifying, relevant IACUC experience within the past seven years

Part-time experience is calculated based on the percentage of effort spent in IACUC administration-related work. One year in a part-time (50%) IACUC administration-related position = six months of eligible experience.

Experience comprises both a time and quality component and is defined as the direct performance or responsibility for activities that characterize the IACUC administrator. Qualifying, relevant institutional IACUC experience must represent a commitment to ensure appropriate care of research animals and requires the performance of IACUC functions, as listed below, at the institutional level:

  • Manage the workflow for the IACUC protocol review process, from submission to approval, or communicate the IACUC's review of the protocol
  • Coordinate facility inspection and program review processes
  • Develop, manage, and implement IACUC policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Direct the preparation of and/or prepare regulatory/accreditation documents (e.g., AAALAC, DOD, OLAW/PHS, USDA, VA)
  • Coordinate and manage post-approval monitoring and investigation of animal welfare concerns and/or noncompliance
  • Manage the office and/or provide administrative support for IACUC committee functions
  • Provide and/or manage regulatory training programs for institutional staff.

Service as an IACUC member, an attending veterinarian, or as an institutional official does not, in itself, meet the primary eligibility requirements for performance of IACUC administrative functions. Interacting with an IACUC office on an occasional, or even routine basis (as is common with research staff/investigators who submit protocols or have their laboratory areas inspected, veterinary/animal care staff participating in facility inspections, or veterinarians conducting protocol consultation does not meet the requirements for relevant institutional IACUC experience for the CPIA certification program.

If these requirements are met, a candidate must then:

For further information, please contact PRIM&R by email at certification@primr.org or by telephone at 617.423.4112, ext. 0