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Considering Becoming a Certified Professional in Patient Safety?


A complimentary overview of the CPPS credential

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About Certification

The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) was formed to oversee a rigorous and comprehensive credentialing process that attests to patient safety competencies and expertise. The board’s chief responsibility is the development and administration of an evidence-based examination that provides candidates with a process by which they can demonstrate their competency in patient safety science and application. 

This professional certification program
  • Establishes core standards for the field of patient safety, benchmarks requirements necessary for health care professionals, and sets an expected proficiency level.
  • Gives those working in patient safety a means to demonstrate their proficiency and skill in the discipline.
  •  Provides a way for employers to validate a potential candidate’s patient safety knowledge and skill base, critical competencies for today’s health care environment. 

The Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential is maintained on a three-year cycle.

Who Should Become Certified?

The Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requirements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering, and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives. Candidates may include patient safety professionals, clinicians, non-clinical health care workers, executives, and other professionals with the requisite background.

Eligibility Requirements at a Glance

Individuals from across the health care spectrum may sit for the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination providing they possess a baseline combination of education, experience, and a commitment to improving the safety of patient care.


Candidates for the CPPS credential are those who include patient safety practices as an integral component of current or future professional responsibilities. In addition, candidates must possess academic and professional experience at one of the following levels:
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher plus 3 years of experience (includes time spent in clinical rotations and residency programs) in a health care setting  or with a provider of services to the health care industry
  • Associate degree or equivalent plus 5 years of experience (includes time spent in clinical rotations) in a health care setting or with a provider of services to the health care industry

 Cost of Exam

The cost of the CPPS examination is $400. Members of the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) qualify for the discounted rate of $295. Organizational members of the Stand Up for Patient Safety Program qualify for the discounted rate of $320. International candidates, please add $100 (U.S. dollars) for international examination fee.

If your organization is a Stand Up for Patient Safety member, please log in and visit the Stand Up member page to locate your CPPS discount code.

If you're an ASPPS Member, please enter your Member Number during registration on the AMP exam website; in order to qualify for your member discount.


You can locate your member number as follows -

  • Sign in to the NPSF Website
  • Under My Profile (bottom right of home page) click on Manage Profile
  • Click on Membership Card (left side of screen)
  • You'll see a popup window (be sure to enable popups on your browser) with your Member Certificate
  • The bottom left of the Membership Card/Certificate will display your number in the following format - Membership ID#: 12345678


Click here to join, or for information about how to become an ASPPS member. 


Contact Us 

Click here if you have any questions or need further information regarding the certification program.  

Register for the Certification Exam

Click here to register for the Certification Exam


CPPS Related Documents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
The Value of Certification PDF (508.13 KB) Administration 7/12/2016
CPPS Candidate Handbook PDF (261.7 KB) Administration 7/19/2016
CPPS Recertification Handbook PDF (1.41 MB) Administration 6/13/2016
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