Certified Placement & Referral Specialist Certification Program

How The Certified Placement & Referral Specialist (CPRS) Certification Exam Was Developed?

The professional CPRS Exam was developed with the help of the Professional Testing Inc, the parent company of Certified Senior Advisors.  The CPRS Exam went through a number of stages to maintain the standards of the Professional Testing organization.

Certification is good for life with annual renewal fees and continued education.

The total development cost for the exam was approximately $87,500 for the NPRA. The following was the process to develop the exam.  More than 40 agents from across the nation have participated so developing the certification.

A group of industry experts analyzes the specific job requirements in order to develop an outline of the tasks, knowledge, and skills required to perform the job effectively.

A research survey was conducted to determine the validity of the job analysis. The survey is sent for validation to a large, random, national sample of health and fitness professionals who currently hold the certification for which the job analysis was conducted.

A national and representative panel of industry experts develops exam questions that are tied to exam specifications and referenced to acceptable texts or documents. Once completed, each exam item, or question, must be validated by three SMEs who were not involved in writing the question.

The questions are reviewed, selected, and approved by an exam committee. The constructed exam is then forwarded to Professional Testing, inc for final editing.

The passing score is determined as a standard for public protection. Each question is rated by a group of industry experts using criterion-referenced procedures. The experts estimate the percentage of minimally competent professionals that will answer each question correctly. The passing score is then calculated and based on the overall degree of difficulty.

Following an exam administration, there is a continual evaluation and analysis of each question to help ensure validity. If a question is determined to be flawed, it is reworked or replaced. Exam questions and exam forms will also be retired once they have had significant exposure in terms of exam candidates.

A new exam development process begins every five years, beginning with a new job analysis/role delineation. CPRS Certification Exams are developed using the six-point exam development process and are guided by standards accepted by the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. The CPRS Certification adheres to the 24 Standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The first exam will be held in Arizona on January 11th, 2020.  You could be one of the first in your city to be certified.