Certified IRB Professional

2022 CIP Program Updates

The CIP Handbook and the 2022 exam application will be available in January 2022.  We have some exciting changes to the CIP program to share with you!

Continuous Testing!

The CIP exam will be offered on a continuous basis beginning on June 15, 2022.

This means that candidates will have a 90-day window—starting two weeks after their exam application is approved—in which they can schedule their exam appointment and take the exam.

Candidates who are unsuccessful in passing the exam will be eligible to re-take their test 90 days after their first exam attempt.

Modified Exam Form!

The CIP exam will still be 130 questions. Of these 130 questions, 115 will be scored and 15 questions will be unscored pre-test items. Candidates won’t know which questions will be scored, and which will be unscored.

Instant Scoring!

Candidates will receive their exam scores by email and through PSI’s website within an hour of testing.

Upgraded Platforms!

Candidates will be taking their exams on the Bridge 2 platform, which will improve their user experience. Bridge 2:

  • Uses less bandwidth than its predecessor platform, which means there’s greater connection stability for candidates who rely on Wi-Fi.
  • Streamlines and speeds up the candidate check-in process.
  • Integrates tech support onto the exam form itself, via a chat tool, just like the chat tool exam candidates and proctors use to communicate with one another.

Candidates will also be using PSI’s upgraded exam scheduling application, which makes it easier and more user friendly for candidates to schedule and reschedule their exam appointments.

Recertification Notes

Candidates due to recertify by exam by June 30, 2020 have been sent information from PRIM&R about an extension for taking their exams. If you need to reconfirm this information, please contact us.


The exam eligibility guidelines and the Body of Knowledge/Content Outline will remain unchanged from 2021. 

About the CIP Credential

As part of our commitment to helping professionals improve human subject protections, PRIM&R is proud to offer the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®), a certification initiative for individuals working with IRBs. The CIP® credential was developed in 1999 to promote ethical research practices and programs by ensuring that professionals charged with their administration have demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, understanding, and experience. More than 3,000 individuals have become certified since it was first introduced.

Those interested in seeking the CIP credential must meet the eligibility requirements and then apply for and pass the CIP exam. CIP credential holders must recertify every three years.

Why Become Certified?

The CIP credential:

  • Promotes the ethical conduct of research by strengthening the administration of human research protection programs (HRPPs).
  • Validates an individual’s professional experience and mastery of the body of knowledge determined by national experts to be essential to competent HRPP and IRB administrative practices
  • Encourages personal growth and professional development
  • Provides an expanded array of career advancement opportunities
  • Strengthens the quality of HRPPs by certifying a cadre of committed and educated individuals

Where to Start

CIP Exam Dates

2022 Exam Dates

Continuous testing and instant scoring will be offered beginning on June 15, 2022.

The application period will open in January 2022.

CIP Exam Portal

The CIP Exam is administered by PSI. Visit the CIP portal on their website to download the CIP Handbook and submit your application.

CIP Exam Portal


Questions about exam administration or testing centers may be directed to the testing vendor, PSI.
Phone: 833.333.4755
Email: schedule@psionline.com

Other questions may be directed to certification@primr.org.