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CPAIP Certification Criteria

The ICDVP, Inc. Board has contracted with Continental Testing Services, Inc. to conduct its Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional program. Tests are given twice annually in the Chicago Metropolitan area and in Springfield. The tests are usually offered every February and September, with deadlines to get applications in 4-6 weeks prior to the actual test.

Certification will be applicable for two years, at which time the applicant must renew the certification. In order to renew the certification, the Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional (CPAIP) must complete 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the two year period.

The applicant is responsible for ensuring training is obtained from an ICDVP approved training site and supervision is obtained from an IDHS approved program and by a Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional (CPAIP).

Requirements for Eligibility

1. Complete 40 hour training at an ICDVP approved training site.

2. Complete a 20 hour partner abuse intervention-specific training.

3. Complete 150 hours of satisfactory and documented services supervised by a current CPAIP employed by an IDHS approved PAIP program – within 3 years of application to be a Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional.

4. Must be violence free for 5 years. Candidates who are ex-offenders for domestic battery or other offenses against family or household members must not have any arrests or convictions for the past five years and must have completed a partner abuse intervention program no less than three years prior to application. In addition, candidates must not have had an order of protection issued against them within five years.

5. Pass the knowledge based certification test. The test is offered twice annually, both in the Chicago metropolitan area and in Springfield.
Exam questions are solely derived from the recommended study materials. It is a literature-based exam, not an experiential-based exam.The study materials can be found on the Continental Testing Services (CTS) website titled “Candidate Study Guide.” You can find a link to the CTS website at www.ilcdvp.org.