CPIA Eligibility

The Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA) program is for individuals whose primary job responsibilities include substantial involvement in and overseeing, administering, or performing the daily activities of an institution's animal care and use committee (IACUC) program. Individuals involved in IACUC activities who meet the following eligibility requirements are eligible to take the examination:

  • A Bachelor's degree, and two (2) years of qualifying, relevant IACUC experience within the past seven years


  • No educational requirement, and four (4) years of qualifying, relevant IACUC experience within the past seven years

If these requirements are met, a candidate must then:

  • Complete and file a CPIA Exam Application including a CV/resume showing relevant IACUC experience
  • Adhere to the Code of Ethics for Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration
  • Pay the required fee

Qualifying, relevant institutional IACUC experience must represent a commitment to the area of animal subjects protection. Qualifying, relevant experience requires performance of IACUC functions, as listed below, at the institutional level:

  • Manage protocol review process
  • Coordinate facility inspection process and program review
  • Develop, manage, and implement IACUC policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Direct the preparation of and/or prepares regulatory/accreditation documents (e.g., AAALAC, DOD, OLAW/PHS, USDA, VA)
  • Serve as a subject matter expert regarding compliance and regulatory issues pertaining to your institution's animal care and use program
  • Coordinate and manage post-approval monitoring and investigation of animal welfare concerns
  • Office management and/or administrative support for IACUC committee functions
  • Provide and/or manage regulatory training programs for institutional staff.

Service as an IACUC member, an attending veterinarian, or as an institutional official does not in itself meet the primary eligibility requirements for performance of IACUC administrative functions. Merely interacting with an IACUC office on an occasional, or even routine basis (as is common with research staff/investigators who submit protocols or have their laboratory areas inspected, veterinary/animal care staff participating in facility inspections, or veterinarians conducting protocol consultation) does not meet the requirements for relevant institutional IACUC experience for the CPIA certification program.

The CPIA designation is not intended to be used as a means of qualification for IACUC-related employment for applicants who do not have any prior IACUC-related work experience.

For further information, please contact PRIM&R by email at certification@primr.org or by telephone at 617.423.4112, ext. 0