About the Exam

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 questions that evaluate knowledge of facts, concepts and processes required to complete the following tasks as illustrated in the CCRP exam blueprint.

Apply for Certification or Recertify Today

Ready to apply or recertify? Log in to the AACVPR website and then click on the “My Profile” link in the green navigation bar at the top of the page. 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 on how to apply for certification. If you are experiencing issues accessing the application, please review our troubleshooting guide.

If you would like accommodations for the CCRP Exam, please complete the ADA application below and submit your completed application to certification@aacvpr.org. All ADA requests are due by the application deadline for each window.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Do you have questions about the CCRP exam? Review frequently asked questions by clicking here. For additional questions, contact us at certification@aacvpr.org.

For those retaking the CCRP exam after an initial attempt, please contact certification@aacvpr.org prior to submitting your application. You must be logged in to the AACVPR website to complete an application.

Exam Blueprint

Prior to sitting for the exam, make sure to review the CCRP Exam Blueprint to learn about the different domains covered on the exam.

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Exam Resources

Exam questions are based on a wide variety of publications, regulations, and resources in the field. A full list of exam resources can be found at the link below.

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Candidate Handbook

Before you finish the application process, don’t forget to review the CCRP Candidate Handbook to learn about the exam and our standard Policies and Procedures related to the exam. 

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View Exam Windows, Eligibility, and Cost 


Candidates that would like to appeal their application status or exam results must read through the Professional Certification Commission Appeal Policy linked below to review the standard appeals process. Click here to download the Professional Certification Commission Appeal Policy



Please note: The Professional Certification Commission does not develop, administer, sponsor, endorse, or financially benefit from any type of exam review, preparatory course or published materials related to the content of the CCRP exam. The purchase and/or use of any exam preparation material does not guarantee a passing score on the CCRP exam.

CCRP Preparatory Study Guide

AACVPR worked with the authors of its original CCRP Study Guide, published in 2014, to meet your requirements of preparing for the CCRP exam and/or staying up-to-date on the field of cardiac rehabilitation. The target audience for this guide includes nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists and cardiologists. With chapter objectives and self-assessment questions, this guide provides a well-rounded working knowledge to the many facets of cardiac rehabilitation. The CCRP Preparatory Study Guide has been developed by an independent AACVPR taskforce to assist potential certificants to prepare for the exam.

Please email the the AACVPR certification staff at certification@aacvpr.org. for assistance.

CCRP Core Competencies eLearning Modules​

The 2018 update to the CCRP eLearning modules retains the framework of the core competencies for cardiac rehab professionals, which has been the hallmark of the profession since 2010 that will assist you in your successful pursuit to become a CCRP. The target audience for this resource comprises a wide range of health professionals who require a working knowledge of the field of cardiac rehabilitation, including nurses, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, psychologists and cardiologists. The modules are also invaluable to emerging professionals seeking to gain a better understanding of the field. Courses may be purchased individually or as a bundle, and include:

  • Patient Assessment – Pat Comoss, RN, BS, MAACVPR
  • Nutritional Management – Ellen Schaaf Aberegg, MA, LD, RD, FAACVPR
  • Weight Management – Carly Goldstein, PhD
  • Blood Pressure Management – Richard Josephson, MS, MD, FACC, FAHA, FAACVPR
  • Blood Lipid Management – Todd M. Brown, MD, MSPH, FACC, FAACVPR
  • Diabetes Management – Alison Bailey, MD, FACC, FAACVPR
  • Tobacco Cessation – Andrea Bon-Wilson, LPC, CAC II, FAACVPR
  • Psychosocial Management – Joel Hughes, PhD, FAACVPR
  • Physical activity Counseling – Patrick D. Savage, MS, FAACVPR
  • Exercise training – Cemal Ozemek, PhD

Please note all AACVPR education products are currently unavailable for purchase. All products will be available for purchase when then new AACVPR Learning Center launches in May 2024.