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:

2019 Fees

The fee for either type of recertification is:

PRIM&R Member $350
Nonmember $475
Note: 2019 fees are in effect January 1-December 31, 2019.

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

2019 Dates to Remember

Most Recent Certification Date Recertification Application
Due Date
Certification Expiration Date
Spring 2014 Recert by exam: March 1, 2019 for the spring testing period June 30, 2019
Recert by CE: March 31, 2019
Fall 2014 Recert by exam: August 30, 2019 December 31, 2019
Recert by CE: September 30, 2019

Recertification by Continuing Education Guidelines - Summary

  • Program content must cover topics found within the Body of Knowledge/Content Outline and be related to IACUC administration.
  • Credit hours must be earned in at least two of the categories described below.
  • No more than 30 continuing education hours may be earned in a single category with the exception of the additional restrictions noted under 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.

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 faculty in an IACUC administration-related educational program 1 per half hour presented
4 Service as a site visitor (e.g., AAALAC, OLAW). 5 per day per site visit*
5 Authorship of relevant articles relevant to IACUC administration in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Publish an article in Comparative Medicine, ILAR Journal, JAALAS, or 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7 Authorship of opinion articles or articles which are not peer-reviewed in journals and are related to IACUC administration (e.g., Contribute an article  to ALN or publish a response in Lab Animal magazine's "Protocol Review"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.

For more information on about the CPIA acceptable categories please refer to the recertification guidelines.


  • 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.
  • 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.

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!