Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP)

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

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.

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Eligibility – U.S. 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 and submitting it with a professional resume and letter of attestation from their supervisor to certification@aacvpr.org.

2020 and 2021 Exam Windows

2020 Exam Windows October 1-December 31
Application Window August 1-November 1

October/December candidates will be able to schedule their tests between October 1 and December 31 due to the impact of COVID-19 on the opening of testing centers worldwide. Applications to test through AACVPR must have been submitted by November 1.

2021 Exam Windows February 1–February 28 May 1-May 30 September 1-September 30 November 1-November 30
Application Window December 1, 2020-January 15, 2021 March 1-April 15 July 1-August 15 August 1-November 1

The application for the February 2021 Exam Window will open on December 1, 2020.

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.

Certification Cost

Early Bird Regular Recertification
Member $310 USD Member $360 USD Member $89 USD
Non-member $369 USD Non-member $409 USD Non-member $125 USD

About the Exam


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.

Due to the changing landscape brought on by COVID-19 the Professional Certification Commission (PCC) made the decision to extend the recertification deadline to December 31, 2020.

Recertification Policies and Important Documentation

Apply for Certification or Recertify Today 

Ready to apply or recertify? Log in to your AACVPR account, and click on the link below to navigate to your profile. When on your profile, click on the “CCRP Certification” link at the top of the page and either click “Apply for Certification” to start the process or “View or Renew Certification” to submit for recertification. Click here for step by step instructions.

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