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Webinar Follow-Up: Earning the CPIA Credential

On May 12, PRIM&R presented Earning the CPIA® Credential: Is it Right for You, Right Now?, a sixty-minute informational webinar on the Certified Professional IACUC Administrator (CPIA®) program. CPIA Council chair Deb Frolicher, BS, CPIA, outlined the history of the CPIA program, as well as the eligibility and recertification guidelines, and credential holder Toni K. O’Connell, BS, CPIA, shared strategies on how to prepare for the examination. Both Ms. Frolicher and Ms. O’Connell fielded participants’ questions, including those listed below, and provided some additional follow-up information.

Q: How is the CPIA exam scored?

Deb Frolicher (DF): The exam consists of 250 objective multiple-choice questions; each question has one correct answer. Test-takers earn one point for every questions answered correctly. Since the inception of the exam, the average passing score has been about 72%, and has ranged from 70-74%.

Q: I started my position on November 1, 2013. Would I be able to sit for the exam during the October 2015 testing period?

DF: The Council strictly interprets the eligibility guidelines. In order to sit for the exam, credential holders must have two years of eligible experience at the institutional level. If you have questions about your eligibility, please send your CV/resume to PRIM&R for the Council to review.

Q: For recertification, how long do you have to complete 50 hours of continuing education activities?

DF: Credential holders have five years to complete the required 50 hours of continuing education credits, beginning from the date in which they passed the exam.

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