Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the CPRRP Program you must first be a member of PSR/RPS Canada. 

There are four pathways of eligibility that you can take to earn the Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Practitioner designation (as well as grandfathering for U.S. CPRP holders)

 
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The following is more detail around eligibility:

Pathway One:

You hold a PhD. or M.D. or Master's degree (copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc. are required) with a minimum of one consecutive year experience or a supervised practicum in an approved educational institution in a mental health/addiction services program within the last three years or through a combination of the following:

  • Mental Health/addiction work experience in public or private sector, health organizations, government or broader industry
  • Volunteer involvement in any organization dedicated to mental health/addiction service in public or private sector, health organizations or government, including Board membership
  • Volunteer experience must be within the healthcare sector, may not equal more than six months (calculated based on a 37.5 hour work week) of the one year of total work experience, and must be within the last three years,

Pathway Two:

You hold a Baccalaureate degree or a minimum of a three year diploma (copies of degrees, diplomas, certificates, etc. are required) or you are a Registered Nurse. In addition, must have a minimum of two consecutive years' experience in mental health/addiction services within the last five years or through a combination of the following:

  • Mental Health/addiction work experience in public or private sector, health organizations, government or broader industry
  • Volunteer involvement in any organization dedicated to mental health/addiction service in public or private sector, health organizations or government, including Board membership
  • Volunteer experience must be within the mental health/addiction care sector, may not equal more than six months (calculated based on a 37.5 hour work week) of the two years of total work experience, and must be within the last three years

Important note: International degrees (Master’s and Baccalaureate) and diplomas that are not from a recognized Canadian accredited university or college require proofs of equivalence from a such an accredited university. Please consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at: http://www.cicic.ca/indexe.stm

 


Pathway Three:

You demonstrate considerable experience either in a volunteer or paid capacity in the mental health/addiction.   The combined total of such experience must be at least 10 years.

  • Provide at least three reference letters attesting to the involvement in mental health/addiction services and/or supports
  • Mental Health/addiction work experience in public or private sector, health organizations, government or broader industry
  • Volunteer involvement in any organization dedicated to mental health/addiction service in public or private sector, health organizations or government, including Board membership
  • Volunteer experience must be within the mental health/addiction care sector, may not equal more than six months (calculated based on a 37.5 hour work week) of the two years of total work experience, and must be within the last three years

Pathway Four:

You are a person with lived experience this pathway is for you. We know that you come to the table with an important perspective and we honour your experience. 


GRANDPARENTING (for those with the CPRP designation):

PSR/RPS Canada members who currently hold specific credentials shall be able to obtain their CPRRP designation through a process which recognizes their accomplishments. 

Members with the designation of Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP), or whose designation has lapsed within six (6) months of applying for their CPRRP,  may apply using an abbreviated process.

Full fees must be paid.


The CPRRP program is a capabilities-based certification program developed collaboratively with members of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada (PSR RPS Canada) and the PSR/RPS Board of Directors. In 2013, the Competencies of Practice for Canadian Recovery-Oriented Psychosocial Rehabilitation Practitioners were completed, and subsequently revised in 2017.  The establishment of these competencies strengthen the capacity of service providers to provide competent recovery services. Given the constant changes within the research and many opportunities for ongoing learning of the opportunities for recovery journeys of individuals, all elements of the CPRPP Program are regularly reviewed and revised by the Certification Committee.