AACVPR Program Certification

The AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies.

During the 2018 Program Certification application, AACVPR moved to a more outcomes-based process with the measurement of more meaningful outcomes. The new Performance Measures highlight these changes. 

Program Certification News

Important Dates for the 2019 Program Certification Cycle

  • December 1, 2018: Application opens
  • February 28, 2019: Completed applications and payments due
  • March - May 2019: Program Certification Committee Review Team completes initial application review 
  • June - August 2019: Program Certification Committee Chair and Board Liaison oversight review; and Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) testing
  • August 31, 2019: Letters sent notifying programs of application decisions

The 2019 draft Program Certification applications are now available for review.  Please go to the green panel and locate the "Quick Links" section to review both the cardiac and pulmonary outlined applications.  

  • 2019 Program Certification Application Fees

    New Certification for AACVPR Members: $795
    Re-certification for AACVPR Members: $680
    New Certification for Non-Members: $920
    Re-certification for Non-Members: $810 

      To receive member pricing, an AACVPR member must be included on your roster as either the Certification Primary or Secondary contact. Please fill out the Primary Contact Form located in the green panel under the "Quick Links" section. 

       


      Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

        




      Need help navigating the 2019 program certification application system? We encourage you to review this brief PowerPoint tutorial to familiarize yourself with the process prior to logging in to the application system. 

      Narrated Tutorial: Using and Navigating the AACVPR Program Certification Platform Powerpoint icon
      Tutorial as an Annotated PDF pdficon_large.png


      In May 2018, the Program Certification Leadership set forth new requirements for programs to maintain their certification status.  The introduction of the “Annual Report” helps ensure each program certified through AACVPR has up-to-date information and tools needed to maintain the current standards required for certification. 

      The Annual Report process is essential for several reasons, including:

      • To attest to continued compliance with all AACVPR Program Certification requirements
      • To keep AACVPR-certified programs continually aware of the current Program Certification application requirements
      • To provide organizations the opportunity to update demographic and contact information prior to the actual application period. By maintaining current information, AACVPR will be able to communicate effectively with your organization about Program Certification.

      Beginning in Spring 2019 the Annual Report forms will be available via the certification application portal to all currently certified programs. To access the Annual Report application portal, make sure you are signed in to your AACVPR account and click the "My Programs" button in the top right corner of the page. Once in "My Programs", click into your facility's application. 

       

      • Please click here for tutorial documents on navigating the annual report. 


        Primary Certification Contact Form

        Please Click Here to set up a new Primary Contact for the 2019 application cycle or to update your contact for your currently certified program. The Certification Primary Contact is the chief individual responsible for completing certification application(s) and receiving important updates about AACVPR Program Certification.

        *Note the AACVPR Program Certification Application allows you to now include additional names to your contact roster for certification updates.  Remember to review the application tutorial for instructions on updating your contact list.


        Clinical Questions?

        For clinical questions regarding the Program Certification application content and requirements, please visit our FAQ page and Certification Application Resources page. If you are an AACVPR member and have a question not addressed in the FAQ, please submit your question by email to certification@aacvpr.org to be forwarded to a clinical expert. 


        Joining the AACVPR Registry Will Now Help With your Program Certification Application

        Programs subscribed to the AACVPR Outpatient Data Registries can now use their registry data to complete the program’s clinical outcomes assessment. A direct link within the application will populate your registry data for easy transfer into the application fields.


        Already a Registry User? Download the Updated Registry Data Entry Sheets Now

        The Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Registry and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Registry updated to include new data fields to align with the new Program Certification application. The new fields have been highlighted in the sheets. For more information about the enhancements, please visit the Registry User Resource Page here


        Additional Tools for Success!

        AACVPR created the Performance Measures webinar series which includes all the information you will need to understand the Performance Measures and reporting requirements for Program Certification. You can purchase the webinars individually or as a series, for more information click here.



        Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

         


        Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.     


        Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

         


        Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.     


        Access Your Program Certification Dashboard

         


        Primary & Secondary Program Certification Contacts: The AACVPR 2017 Program Certification application opens in December 2016. Click on the Dashboard icon on the left to access your dashboard and view your program's recent applications or create a new application.