Please complete the form below, then attach the documents required at the end of the form. Once you submit this application, the CPE Review Committee will assess your program and notify you of their decision.
Program Certification Criteria
Provide clear and concise evidence that the program merits RPA certification. Include up to two (2) additional application pages, which should address each of the six criteria below in a sequential format, and up to ten (10) pages of program materials.
Register-certified CPE programs must meet the following six criteria:
- Educational Focus: All CPE programs must focus on learning. CPE programs
may include workshops, trainings, classes and other suitable formats.
The length, depth, venue, and manner of instruction must be appropriate
for the subject matter and stated learning objectives.
- Expert Instructors: All instructors must be subject matter experts.
An expert is defined by the Register as a professional who has mastery of the
method and theory of the subject matter as demonstrated in practice, teaching,
research, or publication. Instructors also must demonstrate proficiency in the
specific principles of the activity being taught. In team-taught programs, instructors must be subject-matter
experts in the field(s) for which they are responsible.
- Lack of Commercialism: CPE instructional materials must be for educational purposes. Program materials promoting goods or services are unacceptable.
- Non Discrimination:
CPE programs must be open to all RPAs eligible to participate. Certain
CPE programs may require prospective participants to demonstrate
knowledge or proficiencies prior to enrollment.
- CPE Credit: CPE
programs may range from short courses completed in hours, to intensive
field, class, or laboratory training that take days or weeks to finish.
The Register recognizes the value of documenting both successful CPE
completion and the program scope and intensity. One hour of CPE credit
will be given for each hour of program training, up to a maximum of
eight hours per day and 40 hours per week. Successful completion of the
program will be recognized with a certificate of completion.
- Evaluation: All CPE
programs must submit to the Register copies of original attendance logs
and participant evaluations of CPE content and delivery. The submission
to the Register must specify the RPA or RPAs who successfully completed
the program and must be received by the Register within 20 days of CPE
program completion. The Register may, upon review of the submission and
other materials, ask for modifications to the program or withdraw
Register certification for the CPE program.