CPIA Recertification

CPIAs must recertify every five years in order to maintain their certification and to use the CPIA designation after their name. Recertification may be achieved either by:

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

2020 Fees

The fee for either type of recertification is:

PRIM&R Member $350
Nonmember $475
Note: 2020 fees are in effect January 1-December 31, 2020.

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

2020 Dates to Remember

Most Recent Certification Date Recertification Application
Due Date
Certification Expiration Date
Spring 2015 Recert by exam: March 1, 2020 for the spring testing period June 30, 2020
Recert by CE: July 15, 2020
Fall 2015 Recert by exam: August 30, 2020 December 31, 2020
Recert by CE: September 30, 2020

Recertification by Continuing Education Guidelines - Summary

  • At least 40 of the 50 hours of continuing education credit required for recertification must cover IACUC-administration related topics listed in the CPIA Body of Knowledge/Content Outline. Up to 10 of these hours can be on professional development topics not directly related to IACUC administration but support an individual’s work in animal research program management (examples include leadership/management training and general laboratory animal science topics).Candidates may earn up to 50 credit hours for category 2 (online training and webinars). The additional restrictions for all other categories remain in effect.
  • No more than 30 continuing education hours may be earned in a single category with the exception of category 2 (online training and webinars); there are additional restrictions for categories 9 (exam items) and 12 (local or regional IACUC administration-related networking group meetings).
  • Credit hours must be earned within the current five-year certification period.
  • Continuing education activities scheduled after the application deadline (but before certification lapse date) may be counted toward recertification. Candidates are responsible for sharing attendance information upon completion of the program.


The CPIA 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 Categories:

Category Description Credit Hours Earned
1 Attendance at IACUC administration-related educational programs 1 per hour attended
2 Participation in IACUC administration-related online training and webinars 1 per hour attended
3 Participation as an invited speaker in an IACUC administration-related educational program sponsored by a local or national organization 1 per half hour presented
4 Service as a site visitor (e.g., AAALAC, OLAW). 5 per site visit per day*
5 Authorship of articles relevant to IACUC administration in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. ILAR, JAALAS, Lab Animal) 10 per published article
6 First authorship or presenter of relevant posters relevant to IACUC administration presented at a meeting 5 per poster
7 Authorship of opinion articles or articles which are not peer-reviewed in journals and are related to IACUC administration (e.g. contributions to ALN or Lab Animal magazine’s “Protocol Review column”) 2 per published article
8 Authorship of published book chapters relevant to IACUC administration 15 per chapter
9 Item writing for the CPIA exam 2 per 5 questions accepted (maximum of 10 credits)
10 Attendance at a CPIA exam item review session 10 per entire session
11 Retired  
12 Participation in an IACUC administration-related local or regional networking group*** 1 per 2 hours attended
(maximum of 15 credits)
13 Participation in a self-study program, such as PRIM&R's Research Ethics Digest animal care and use quiz 1 per quiz

* Effective date for site visitor service: January 1, 2015. All site visits conducted prior to January 1, 2015 will be assessed at 10 credit hours per site visit.

***Candidates must provide either a certificate of attendance signed by the host/leader of the meeting showing topics and total hours, or a copy of the minutes from the meeting showing attendees, topics and total hours.


  • Individuals are responsible for obtaining source documentation (certificates, letters of attendance, etc.) for recertification credit and for retaining such documentation for at least three years following recertification.
  • Documentation for all continuing education credits must be included with the recertification application.
  • Suitable documentation for online learning opportunities that don’t issue certificates of attendance include: copies of sign-in attendance sheets; logs detailing the program title, date of participation, and length of the program that are signed by a supervisor; emails confirming attendance after the conclusion of the program.
  • A continuing education tracker template is available to keep a record of continuing education credits.
  • Continuing education credits must be earned within the current five-year certification period. CE activities scheduled after the application due date, but before the expiration date, may be counted toward recertification so long as:
    • The application includes information about the planned continuing education activity
    • Written notice is provided to PRIM&R upon completion of the activity
    • Acceptable documentation of attendance is submitted as soon as it is available

Recertification by Continuing Education Application Submission Details

Individuals wishing to recertify by continuing education may submit their payment with their recertification application, with payment made out to PRIM&R. Completed application materials and payment can be submitted to PRIM&R via:

Please note: Payments requiring signature upon delivery cannot be sent to our payment address. If you need a signature upon receipt of payment, please send your application form to PRIM&R, 20 Park Plaza Suite 720, Boston, MA 02116.

Please email applications to certification@primr.org. 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.

Download the current Recertification Application.

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