Program Certification


AACVPR’s Program Certification process is designed for program-based adult cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs of all enrollment sizes.

Find all the resources you need to both prepare for AACVPR Program Certification and/or to market your recently approved certification, including frequently asked questions (FAQs).

2024 Annual Report

The 2024 Annual Report is now available for programs that are due to recertify in 2025 or 2026. The Program Certification Primary Contact will receive emailed communications regarding the Annual Report. The annual report will be open until July 31, 2024, and will require programs to report their performance measure results from the January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023, data collection period.

2025 PDF Applications

The 2025 Program Certification. Applications and the 2025 Change Summary Document are now available at the links below.

2025 Cardiac Program Certification Application

2025 Pulmonary Program Certification Application

2025 Change Summary Document

Additional Resources

2024 PDF Applications

The 2024 CR & PR Program Certification Application period is now closed. Programs that applied for certification or recertification in 2024 can expect to hear about the status of their applications by the end of August 2024. The full 2024 Applications and change summary documents are linked below as a reference.

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Performance Measure Specifications

Review Performance Measures

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Review FAQs

Clinical Questions? If you have a question not addressed in the FAQs, please submit your question via email to Questions will be forwarded to a clinical expert. Please allow up to 72 hours for a response.

2024 Office Hour Webinars

Do you have questions about the 2024 Program Certification Application? Make sure to join the Program Certification Leadership Team for its 2024 office hours in January and February! These informal calls provide programs with the opportunity to ask their questions to the Program Certification Leadership Team. No continuing education credits are provided for participation.

January General Office Hours Call

View the recording of the January 12 office hours call below, and review this document for answers to the remaining general program certification questions that were not able to be addressed. Remaining performance measure questions have been sent to the Quality of Care Committee and will be covered on the Performance Measures Office Hours call.

February General Office Hours Call

View the recording of the February 15 office hours call below. 

February Performance Measures Office Hours Call

View the recording of the February 22 Office Hours Call below: 

Tips for Success

Take a look at the content covered in those emails by viewing the documents below to make sure you are set up to succeed!

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2024 Program Certification Overview

To help prepare for the 2024 Program Certification Application, watch Program Certification Leadership Team Chair Tonja Bell and Remediation Chair Julie Dunagan’s presentation from the AACVPR Annual Meeting. The presentation provides viewers with an overview of Program Certification requirements and changes for this year’s application.

Program Certification Marketing Kit for Certified Programs

Was your program recently approved? Download the Program Certification Marketing Kit for ideas to promote your certified program. It includes:

  • The certified program logo in multiple formats
  • Email and press release templates
  • Sample social media posts and graphics

Applicant Resources




Application Information