Professional Certification

Earn the only comprehensive Professional Certification in Cardiac Rehabilitation!

CCRP Exam | New Applicant | Re-Certify

About the CCRP

The Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP), exclusively for cardiac rehabilitation (CR) professionals, is the only certification aligned with the published CRcompetencies. AACVPR’s exam assesses proficiency via exam questions that evaluate knowledge of facts, concepts and processes required to complete tasks in the following areas:

 - Patient Assessment   - Nutrition Management   - Weight Management   - Blood Pressure Management   - Blood Lipid Management 
 - Tobacco Cessation   - Psychosocial Management   - Diabetes Management   - Physical Activity Counseling   - Exercise Training 

The exam is based on nation-wide standards. The CCRP certification is awarded by the AACVPR Professional Certification Commission solely upon achievement of a passing score on the exam. There is no requirement for any class, course or other education or training programs provided by AACVPR or any other provider in order to sit for the CCRP examination.

ANCC Inclusion: AACVPR is pleased to announce that the CCRP credential has recently been reviewed by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and has met the criteria for inclusion on their list of certifications included in the Magnet Recognition Program® Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT).  Hospitals applying for Magnet strongly urge all nurses to be certified within their specialty.  Nurses working in cardiac rehabilitation can now take the CCRP as that specialty certification.

CCRP Exam Application Fee

Early Bird Application Fee Pricing         Regular Application Fee Pricing
AACVPR Member: $299         AACVPR Member: $349
AACVPR Non-Member: $359         AACVPR Non-Member: $409

Eligibility - US and International Candidates

Professionals wishing to sit for the CCRP exam must meet the following criteria:

  • 1,200 clinical hours in CR/secondary prevention in Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a health-related field from an accredited college or university OR current RN licensure.
    • Current RN licensure does not necessitate minimum academic requirement.

Professionals who do not meet the eligibility requirements may appeal their eligibility by completing the CCRP Eligibility Appeals Form, located here, and submitting it with a professional resume and letter of attestation from their supervisor to

CCRP Exam Windows

The CCRP Exam is now available to take at Pearson Vue Testing Centers during three testing windows throughout the year.

You will still need to apply for the exam through the AACVPR Website. Instructions on how to find and schedule a testing site within your testing window will be provided to you in your confirmation email from the AACVPR Certification Team.

2019 Computer Based
Testing Window
February 1 - February 28  May 1 - May 31               September 1 - September 30  November 1 - November 30  
Application Deadlines  closed closed Application Opens: July 1
Early Bird Deadline: Aug 1
Final Deadline: Aug 15
Application Opens: September 1
Early Bird Deadline: October 1
Final Deadline: October 15

CCRP Application

The May testing application window has closed. It will reopen July 1 for the September Exam window

You must be logged in to the AACVPR website for you to access the CCRP application. Don't have a login? Click here to create an account.

Examination Policies & Important Documentation

For information on renewing certification, pass rates, fail rates, appeals, and other important polices--please view the below documentation.

Friday, March 18, 2016 
Missouri-Kansas Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (MOKSACVPR)
Florida Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (FCVPR)
Florida Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation (FCVPR)
Upper Plains Cardiopulmonary Association (UPCRA)
Upper Plains Cardiopulmonary Association (UPCRA)

CCRP Re-certification

The purpose of renewal of certification is to assure a level of continued competence through the ongoing enhancement of knowledge and skills in the field of cardiac rehabilitation. A three-year certification cycle has been established to maintain current knowledge with the ever-changing aspects of cardiac rehabilitation.

Recertification Application Fees

AACVPR Member: $75
Non-Member: $125

Recertification Application

Please note: you must be logged in to the AACVPR website for you to access the CCRP Recertification Application.

Examination Policies & Important Documentation