CPPS Review Courses

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) offers review courses to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. This course can help participants prepare for the exam by reviewing domain content areas and test-taking strategies.

These courses are not required to pass the certification exam. Participation in any of these courses does not guarantee a passing score on the certification exam.​​​​

Upcoming CPPS Review CoursEs

​Date ​Format ​Fees and Registration

October 27, 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

​Live webinar


Register here

You can also take the CPPS Review Course on demand whenever you like. Details​ here.

Agenda: October 27, 2022

​Time (all times ET)


​10:00 AM - 10:05 AM ​Welcome and introductions
​10:05 AM - 11:10 AM ​Culture
​11:10 AM - 12:25 PM ​Measuring and improving performance
​12:25 PM - 12:50 PM  ​Break
​12:50 PM - 2:05 PM ​Patient safety risks and solutions
​2:05 PM - 2:15 PM ​Break
​2:15 PM - 3:30 PM ​Systems thinking and human factors analysis
​3:30 PM - 3:40 PM  ​Break
​3:40 PM - 4:40 PM  ​Leadership​
​4:40 PM - 5:00 PM ​Q​&A and wrap up


​​Sheri Herner headshot photoDot Snow, MPH, CPPS, CPHQ, joined Kaiser Permanente in 1988 and presently serves as Managing Director Health Plan Regulatory Services in Regional Health Plan Utilization Management, Northern California.  Dot’s service in Kaiser Permanente spans a variety of areas including research, quality, utilization, pharmacy operations, performance improvement, patient safety, and risk management. Dot currently manages Health Plan utilization management activities within the KP Northern California market. Dot completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley; she became a Certified Professional in Patient Safety in 2012 and a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality in 2019.

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Erin Graydon Baker, MS, RRT, CPPS, CPHRMis the Clinical Risk Manager for the MaineHealth system. She is a registered respiratory therapist with 20 years of clinical experience. She transitioned from her position as Director for Respiratory Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to begin a career in Patient Safety in 1999 as the Education Director for the Boston Center for Medical Simulation. The Boston Center for Medical Simulation specializes in teaching medical professionals about how medical errors happen and how to use critical thinking skills and teamwork to work through crises.

After 3 years in teaching medical personnel about medical errors at the Simulation Center, Erin continued her work in Patient Safety as the Director for Patient Safety at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then as Program Director for Patient Safety across the Partners Hospital System.   

After moving to Maine, she spent a year as the lead for Quality and Patient Safety at York Hospital and recently accepted the position as Director for Risk Management and Patient Safety at Maine Medical Center. She recently joined MaineHealth as the Clinical Risk Manager to help drive safety and mitigate risk throughout the MaineHealth system.

She has her Respiratory Therapy degree from Northeastern University and her graduate degree in Training and Human Resource Development from Lesley University. Erin participated with 15 other Patient Safety Professionals from across the country in writing the content for the Certification for Professionals in Patient Safety offered by the National Patient Safety Foundation. Erin completed the Advisory Board Fellowship in 2019. She also holds a Lean/6 Sigma Green Belt. 


All 20 of our scholarships have been awarded for 2022. We will offer new scholarships next year that include full coverage for the fees of:
  • Online CPPS Review Course
  • CPPS Practice Exam
  • CPPS credentialing exam
Any professional working in or around health care who is able to demonstrate need is encouraged to apply. Applicants must also possess academic and professional experience at one of the following levels:
  • Baccalaureate degree or higher, plus three 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 five 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​
For details about these scholarships and to apply, please visit our application webpage.

Cancellation Policy​

​​All cancellation requests may be submitted in writing at CPPS@ihi.org​. Requests received 72 hours (3 business days) in advance of the scheduled start time will receive a full refund. Refund requests submitted less than 72 hours (3 business days) in advance of the scheduled start time will be ineligible for a refund.​

About Certification

The CPPS credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requir​ements 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.

​More than 5​​,000 health professionals have become certified since the CPPS credential was introduced in 2012. Learn more about certification.​​​​