CPPS Certification

What Is CPPS Certification:

The CPPS credential establishes patient safety competency standards and elevates the professional stature of health care professionals who meet knowledge requirements in safety science, human factors engineering, and the practice of safe care. Certification requires a combination of education and experience, as well as successful completion of the evidence-based certification exam.

CPPS is the only accredited international Patient Safety certification offered by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CPPS) by IHI . It’s the most reputable certificate recognized internationally in the Patient Safety field

Is CPPS Worth It?

This professional certification program establishes core standards for the field of patient safety, benchmarks requirements necessary for health care professionals, and sets an expected proficiency level.

For professionals, the CPPS credential provides those working in patient safety a means to demonstrate their proficiency and skill in the discipline

For organizations, requiring the CPPS credential provides a way for employers to validate a potential candidate’s patient safety knowledge and skill base, critical competencies for today’s health care challenges

Additional compelling reasons to earn your CPPS:

  • 79% of health care professionals who have earned the CPPS told us that this credential helped them to improve patient care at their organization
  • You can prepare for the CPPS exam — and take the actual exam — virtually, from wherever you are
  • Adding this credential to your CV makes your commitment to — and education about — patient safety visible
  • Since earning their CPPS credential, 81% of titleholders have led organization or system-wide initiatives, leading critical improvements

Certification Requirements:

Candidates for the CPPS credential are those who include patient safety practices as an integral component of current or future professional responsibilities. Candidates 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

CPPS Cost:

Certified Professional in Patient Safety CPPS Preparatory Program