Recognition & Designations

As the premier multidisciplinary professional association for health professionals in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, AACVPR manages certifications and awards recognition to specialists who excel in the field and advance the mission of our organization.


Each year, AACVPR bestows the following honors upon deserving individuals:

  • L. Kent Smith Award of Excellence
  • Distinguished Service Award

    AACVPR also presents deserving CR/PR Programs and Affiliates organizations with the following two awards:

    • Linda K. Hall Innovation Award
    • Outstanding Affiliate Award

    AACVPR will also recognize individuals who have made significant strides in the fields of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation:

    • Michael L. Pollock Established Investigator Award
    • Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award

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    Masters and Fellows

    The criteria for becoming a Fellow is indeed stringent and demanding. These individuals represent cardiopulmonary professionals who have contributed substantially to the cardiac and pulmonary rehab fields with their service, research, or both. The Master distinction is AACVPR’s highest level of prestigious accomplishment. An AACVPR Master has previously earned Fellow status, and their continued contributions to the field distinguishes them as the most elite class of members of AACVPR. These colleagues have advanced our organization, our profession, and the rehab fields in general.

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    Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification

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

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    Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional (CCRP)

    The Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional certification is the only comprehensive professional certification in cardiac rehabilitation.

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    Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate

    The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate, developed jointly by AACVPR and the AARC, is a vital part of a successful pulmonary rehabilitation program and demonstrates the skill and knowledge of its specialists.

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    For questions about Certification, please contact the AACVPR Certification Team at