Certified Professional in IACUC Administration

About the CPIA Credential

The Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential constitutes formal recognition of an IACUC professional’s broad knowledge of IACUC functions and expertise about animal care and use programs and signals that its holders are highly qualified to discharge their duties pursuant to United States rules and regulations, prevailing ethical codes, and administrative best practices.

PRIM&R established the CPIA credential in 2007 to improve the quality of animal care and use programs nationwide by promoting ethical practices and advanced knowledge of IACUC administration.

Those interested in seeking the CPIA credential for the first time must meet the eligibility requirements and apply for and pass the CPIA exam. CPIA credential holders must recertify every five years.

Why Become Certified?

The CPIA credential:

  • Strengthens the quality of IACUCs by providing an established body of relevant knowledge and national standards of practice in IACUC administration
  • Validates an individual’s professional experience and mastery of the body of knowledge determined by national experts to be essential to competent IACUC administrative practices
  • Demonstrates the certified IACUC professional’s high level of dedication to IACUC administration as a profession
  • Provides potential career advancement opportunities

Where to Start

CPIA Exam Dates

2023 Spring Testing Period
Application deadline: February 24, 2023
Exam window: March 17, 2023 - April 14, 2023


CPIA Exam Portal

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

CPIA Exam Portal


Questions about exam administration or testing centers may be directed to the testing vendor, PSI.
Phone: 833.518.7455
Email: schedule@psionline.com

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