FAQs

Why should I apply to be a certified preceptor (CP)?

Certification as a preceptor demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your own network, with your colleagues, with patients, and when pursuing new work or role opportunities.

Once you become a certified preceptor (CP), you will receive your certification document stating that as a professional, you’ve been trained, educated, and are prepared to meet a specific set of criteria for the role of a preceptor. You will also be able to use the designated credential earned–CP–after your name to verify your legitimacy and competence as a certified preceptor.

What are the requirements for the application to be a certified preceptor (CP)?

All applicants must first have completed at least 25 continuing education credits (CE/CME) in topics and content related to preceptoring, and, have successfully passed the preceptor certification exam.

Additional requirements include answers to four (4) statements & questions about preceptoring, two (2) letters of recommendation, and your current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV).

Once I have submitted my application to be a certified preceptor (CP), when will I receive a decision?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling (ongoing) basis and the review process may take up to 30 days.
Applicants will be notified of decisions via email.

What happens if I am not granted certification as a preceptor?

Applicants will be notified of decisions via email, including rationale explaining why certification was denied.

Applicants must wait six (6) months before being eligible to apply again.

Can I appeal the decision if I am not granted certification as a preceptor?

No, all decisions are final.

Applicants must wait six (6) months before being eligible to apply again.

Is there a limit to how many times I may apply to be a certified preceptor (CP)?

Yes. You can apply no more than three (3) times to become a certified preceptor (CP).

How much does the application to be a certified preceptor (CP) cost?

$149.95

For how long is my status as a certified preceptor (CP) valid?

Three (3) years.

What are the requirements to renew my status as a certified preceptor (CP)?

Three (3) months prior to your certification expiring, certified preceptors (CPs) will be eligible to renew their certification.

Renewal applicants must have completed at least 10 continuing education credits (CE/CME) in topics and content related to preceptoring, and at least 20 continuing education credits (CE/CME) in topics and content related to leadership during the previous 3-year period. Renewal applicants are not required to pass the certification examination again.

Additional requirements include answers to four (4) statements & questions about preceptoring during the previous 3-year period as a certified preceptor (CP).

How much does the application to renew my status as a certified preceptor (CP) cost?

$119.95

Are refunds offered for the application?

No, all purchases are final. No refunds are offered for the application to be a certified preceptor (CP) or for the application to renew status as a certified preceptor (CP).

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