CPIA Exams

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.

Exam Content

Download the CPIA Body of Knowledge/Content Outline, which details the content covered in the CPIA exam, as well as the CPIA Exam References and Resources.

Scheduling Your Exam

The CPIA exam is administered during an established two-week testing period on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, by PSI. Apply to take the exam today.


2020 Spring Examination
Exam application deadline: February 28
Exam window: April 13-25
2020 Fall Examination
Exam application deadline: September 4
Exam window: October 5-November 5

Locate a testing center.

2020 Fees

Application fees for the CPIA exam are as follows:

PRIM&R Member $350
Nonmember $475

To obtain the reduced registration rate, PRIM&R members must provide proof of their membership. To do so, please follow these instructions.

Learn more about the benefits of PRIM&R membership.

Preparing for the Exam

You can network with other professionals studying to take the exam by joining the CPIA study group on Facebook or the CPIA group on LinkedIn.

The CPIA Handbook is available to help you prepare for the examination. The handbook lists the topics covered on the examination and provides suggested reference materials that are commonly used in IACUC offices.

Watch the CPIA Info Session webinar to learn about exam eligibility and exam preparation strategies.

PRIM&R members can watch the Earning the CPIA Credential: Is It Right for You, Right Now? webinar, which was originally broadcast on May 12, 2015, to learn more about exam preparation strategies.

Getting the Results

You will be notified of your exam results by postal mail within four weeks. The report will indicate your overall score as well as your scores on the major areas of the examination. If successful, you will also receive a certificate and pin from the Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration Council.


The Certification Examination for Professionals in IACUC Administration may be taken as often as desired upon the filing of a new application and payment of the exam fee. There is no limit to the number of times the examination may be repeated.