CPPS Examination

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The CPPS examination is a computer-based test offered throughout the year at AMP Assessment Centers located domestically in the United States and internationally. The examination is administered by appointment only. Available dates will be indicated when you schedule your examination. Candidates are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis. Candidates will be given two hours to complete the examination.

As part of regular exam maintenance, the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) released a revised exam on November 1, 2019. All exams going forward will be based on the revised content outline. The revised content outline can be viewed online​. Candidates testing from November 1 – 15, 2019 will experience delayed scoring, followed by a testing blackout from November 16 - December 16. During this time responses from candidates to examination items will be reviewed, and CBPPS will reapprove the passing point for the examination. This process is a best practice for professional credentialing programs and helps maintain the integrity of the exam. We appreciate your understanding. If you have questions, please reach out to us at cpps@ihi.org​​


Content Areas

Candidates will be tested on the following five patient safety domains:​

  • ​Culture
  • Leadership
  • Patient Safety Risks & Solutions
  • Measuring & Improving Performance
  • Systems Thinking & Design/Human Factors​


How to Apply

  • Apply for the GoAmp certification.
  • Select ‘Candidates’ at the top of the screen.
  • Choose the category, program, and examination:
    • Healthcare
    • Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety
    • Certified Professional in Patient Safety Examination
  • Click the “Register for this Exam” button at the bottom of the page.​


How to Prepare for the CPPS Examination

  • Access the Candidate Handbook​​.
  • Review the Conten​t Outline.
  • Review the Resource List​.
  • Take a practice examination​​ to help you evaluate your level of preparedness for the certification examination. Practice examinations are available for $85 and may be ordered online. Members of the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety (ASPPS) qualify for the discounted rate of $70. More details can be found in the section 'Associated Costs' below.​

International Candidates

Candidates testing outside of the US may submit their applications online or by mail. International candidates will be notified of the exam scheduling process as follows:

  • Online applicants will be notified by email as soon as they complete the application.
  • A candidate who submits a paper application form will be notified by email within 10 business days of receipt of his or her application form.

The Examination Application is available in the Candidate Handbook​​.​​​


Locate Testing Centers

To view a list of testing centers:

  • Go to the list GoAmp certification​ website.
  • Select "Candidates" at the top of the page.
  • Choose the category, program and examination:
    • Healthcare
    • Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety
    • Certified Professional in Patient Safety Examination
  • Click the “Locate Testing Center” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Candidates within the US enter preferred zip code.
  • International candidates select Country from the drop-down menu.​​


Associated Costs

The cost of the CPPS examination is US $400.

International candidates, please add $100 (US dollars) for international examination fee.​

  • IHI Premium Members
    10% off
  • IHI Premium Plus Members
    20% off
  • Stand Up for Patient Safety (SUPS) Members
    $80 off​