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.

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COVID-19 and Impact on CPPS Examination
The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient SafetyTM (CBPPS) considers it our top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of the global health care community, including our clients, candidates and staff.

 ​Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the reports and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout the communities where we live and work, in order to continue to help protect the health and safety of our candidates, clients, and employees, our testing partner, PSI, has made the difficult decision to temporarily close their owned and operated physical test centers in the United States until April 13. Please click here for a updated and detailed list of affected sites.
Any CPPS exam candidate who may be impacted by a temporary test site closure will be contacted by PSI, who will work with you to reschedule your CPPS exam at no charge. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact 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 $449.

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​