CPIA Recertification

About 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:

Recertification must be accomplished prior to the certification expiration date to avoid a lapse. If the lapse in certification is greater than six months, a CPIA must take and pass the examination in order to recertify. You must maintain a current certification if you wish to continue using the CPIA credential.

2022 Deadlines & Fees

Those who became certified (or recertified) in 2017 are due to recertify in 2022.

Recertification by Continuing Education

Certification Date Recertification Application Due Date Certification Expiration Date
Spring 2017 June 1, 2022 June 30, 2022
Fall 2017 December 21, 2022 December 31, 2022

Recertification by Examination

Download the 2022 CPIA exam handbook for more information about the exam.

Examination Application Due Date Testing Window
April 15, 2022 May 27-June 24, 2022
September 9, 2022 October 7-November 4, 2022
Member Fee* Nonmember Fee
$350 $475

*PRIM&R Membership includes a variety of benefits, including discounts on PRIM&R programs and certification fees. Learn more on our membership benefits page.

Recertification by Continuing Education

Those wishing to recertify by CE should download and complete the CPIA recertification by CE application and the CE Tracker (recertification candidates should complete the CE Tracker tab on this spreadsheet; credit hours will automatically populate in the credit hours tab).

Download the Recertification Application Download the CE Tracker Explore CPIA -Eligible PRIM&R Programs

CPIAs must complete 50 documented hours of continuing education (CE) that adhere to the recertification guidelines listed below. 

  • All CE credits must be earned after the date the examination was passed, but before the date the certification expires. For those recertifying by CE for a consecutive time, CE credits for the most recent recertification cycle must be earned after the renewal date of the preceding certification term.
  • Credit hours for Categories 1 and 2 are awarded on an hour to hour (1:1) basis, meaning that every hour of classroom learning is equivalent to one continue education credit. Credits are quartered in .25 increments, meaning every 15 minutes is equal to .25 credit hour.
                      + Up to 10 hours can be on professional development topics not directly related to IACUC  administration (examples include leadership/management training and general laboratory animal science topics).
  • No more than 30 continuing education hours may be earned in a single category with the exceptions of Category 2: participation in IACUC administration-related online training, conferences and webinars (no credit limit) and 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 in at least two of the categories described below.
  • Credit hours must be earned in at least two of the categories described in the "Acceptable Continuing Education Categories" section.

Acceptable continuing education credits for the 50 hours may include:

  • Category 1: Attendance at IACUC administration-related educational programs
    • 1 per hour attended 
  • Category 2: Participation in IACUC administration-related online training, conferences, and webinars
    • 1 per hour attended
  • Category 3: Participation as faculty in an IACUC administration-related educational program      
    • 1 per half hour presented
  • Category 4: Service as a site visitor (e.g., AAALAC, OLAW).  
    • 5 per day per site visit 
  • Category 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
  • Category 6: First authorship or presenter of relevant posters relevant to IACUC administration presented at a meeting         
    • 5 per poster
  • Category 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
  • Category 8: Authorship of published book chapters relevant to IACUC administration
    • 15 per chapter
  • Category 9: Item writing for the CPIA exam
    • 2 per 5 questions accepted (maximum of 10 credits)            
  • Category 10: Attendance at a CPIA exam item review session         
    • 10 per entire session
  • Category 11: Retired  
  • Category 12: Participation in an IACUC administration-related local or regional networking group
    • 1 per 2 hours attended 
  • Category 13: Participation in a self-study program, such as PRIM&R's Research Ethics Digest animal care and use quiz


Explore PRIM&R programs eligible for CPIA credit
  • Accreditation preparation activities
  • Hours spent attending IACUC meetings
  • Training conducted as part of IACUC meetings
  • Individuals are responsible for obtaining source documentation (certificates, letters of attendance, etc.) for recertification credit and for retaining copies of such documentation for at least three years following recertification.
  • Documentation for all continuing education credits must be included with the recertification application.
    • Documentation should include the title of the program, the course sponsor, the date attended, and the number of credit hours earned. For those events that run concurrent sessions, CPIAs should indicate the sessions they attended.
    • 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.
    • For PRIM&R webinars, candidates can document their participation by printing a copy of their certificates log, which is located here. Instructions can be found here.
    • For PRIM&R conferences, candidates can access their certificates here by clicking on the My Activity tab, and then selecting the Content tab. Instructions can be found here.
      • If you are having issues obtaining your certificates of attendance, you may need to authenticate your account. Follow the instructions here
  • A CE Tracker is available to keep a record of continuing education credits.
    • Recertification candidates should complete the CEU Tracker tab on the spreadsheet; credit hours will automatically populate in the credit hours tab. The continuing education tracker document should be sent as an Excel file.
  • Continuing education credits must be earned within the current five-year certification period.

Submitting Your Recertification by CE Application

Recertification candidates should email their recertification application, documentation, and CE tracker to certification@primr.org for fastest processing. Please note that candidates’ credentials are valid during the application review process.

If you are recertifying by check, please make out the payment to PRIM&R and send it to the PO Box listed below. Please email your application, documentation, and CE tracker to certification@primr.org and note that payment is forthcoming.

Payment Address: P.O. Box 849502, Boston, MA 02284-9502
Fax: 617.423.1185
Email: registration@primr.org