CPIA Exams

Scheduling Your Exam

The CPIA exam is administered during an established two-week testing period on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays, by PSI/AMP. Apply to take the exam today.


2017 Spring Testing Period
Application deadline: March 3
Exam window: April 14-26

2017 Fall Testing Period
Application deadline: September 1
Exam window: October 16-28

Locate a testing center.


Application fees for the CPIA exam are as follows:
PRIM&R Member – $335
Nonmember – $450

To obtain the reduced registration rate, PRIM&R members must provide proof of their membership. To do so, please follow these instructions.

Learn more about the benefits of PRIM&R membership.

Preparing for the Exam

You can network with other professionals studying to take the exam by joining the CPIA study group on Facebook or the CPIA group on LinkedIn.

The CPIA Handbook is available to help you prepare for the examination. The handbook lists the topics covered on the examination and provides suggested reference materials that are commonly used in IACUC offices.

PRIM&R members can watch the Earning the CPIA Credential: Is It Right for You, Right Now? webinar, which was originally broadcast on May 12, 2015, to learn more about exam preparation strategies.

Getting the Results

You will be notified of your exam results by postal mail within four weeks. The report will indicate your overall score as well as your scores on the major areas of the examination. If successful, you will also receive a certificate and pin from the Certified Professionals in IACUC Administration Council.


The Certification Examination for Professionals in IACUC Administration may be taken as often as desired upon the filing of a new application and payment of the exam fee. There is no limit to the number of times the examination may be repeated.