What is a Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP) Certification?
- By definition, a certified patient experience professional (CPXP) is a formal or informal leader who influences the systems, processes, and behaviors that cultivate consistently positive experiences as defined by the patient, resident, and family in settings across the continuum of care.
- CPXP certification is an international designation intended for healthcare professionals or other individuals with a commitment and interest in patient experience improvement. Applicants should have a minimum 3 years of professional experience in a patient experience related role or experience in engaging in patient experience efforts from various perspectives, be they as a healthcare professional, including, but not limited to patient experience leaders, executives, physicians, nurses, ancillary services and other non-clinical support roles, consultants or patient and family members committed to experience excellence.
- CPXP certification demonstrates clear qualifications to senior leaders, colleagues, and the industry. In addition, achievement of certification highlights a commitment to the profession and to maintaining current skills and knowledge in supporting and expanding the field of patient experience.
- Certification development has followed a rigorous and standardized process, engaging the voices of hundreds of members of the global patient experience community. The process adheres to the Standards for Education and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014) and Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs (NCCA, 2014).
An Overview to the CPXP Certification
- Minimum 3 years of professional experience in a patient experience related role or experience in engaging in patient experience efforts from various perspectives, be they a healthcare professional, consultant or patient and family member committed to experience excellence.
- If less than 3 years of professional experience: Completion of 30 Patient Experience Continuing Education Credits (PXEs) prior to submitting application for certification, which could include up to 10 hours of relevant CEs such as related CNE or CME approved courses. Review a full list of PXE Qualifying Activities.
- Application fee for certification consideration is $475
- Application fee includes a nonrefundable processing fee of $100 applied towards any incomplete application or if applicant does not meet the specified requirements.
- At this time Castle Worldwide charges a $150 (US) surcharge for international testing sites (non US/Canada) to accommodate for global testing logistics. This is applied after acceptance of application and is charged directly to the candidate at the time of test scheduling.
How to Apply, Exam Locations and Testing Windows
It is important to review the CPXP Handbook in its entirety before you begin the application process. Registration is an online process and instructions will be provided to establish log in credentials as a new applicant (“new user”). All applications undergo a full review process and will receive determination on approval within 30 days of application. Completing an application does not guarantee you will be approved to take the examination.
The testing windows offered each year are in the months of April and October. Examinees may take the test during that entire month window dependent on availability in testing centers offering the exam. The CPXP examination is conducted at secure testing centers operated by our testing partner, Castle Worldwide. Castle offers close to 1,000 test center locations in over 700 cities in over 70 countries. See the full list of testing locations.
The application deadlines are as follows:
- April Testing Window – Regular application deadline February 19. Late application deadline February 28 (late fee associated).
- October Testing Window – Regular application deadline August 19. Late application deadline August 31 (late fee associated).
Scheduling an Exam
Once an application is reviewed and approved, candidates will be notified about the process for scheduling the actual time of their exam. Castle Worldwide, our testing partner, will notify applicants of their ability to schedule their exam via a direct email approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the beginning of the testing window depending on the date of application. The notice will provide a unique username, password and the URL address to access Castle’s online test scheduling system to select a testing session, based on seating availability within Castle’s network of US and international test sites. Candidates will select from a list of available testing centers by geographical location and test date.
Most test sites will have morning and afternoon testing sessions available. Castle Worldwide, Inc. will do its best to accommodate the requested test site and date. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, based on test center availability. It is strongly recommended that applicants schedule their test session within two weeks of receiving notification from Castle Worldwide, Inc. to have the best opportunity to secure the test site and date of preference.
In keeping with credentialing standards, PXI does not publish any preparation materials. We do offer preparation guidelines and links to other resources under the Exam Preparation Page
Certified Patient Experience Professional (CPXP) Handbook
For all test windows there will be a four-week period between the close of the testing window and result notification for additional validation and scoring as we evaluate and develop the highest quality designation for all participants.
Review current CPXP Exam Statistics.
Retaking the CPXP Exam
Candidates who do not pass the CPXP Certification Exam may retake the examination up to 12 months from the original examination date (i.e., next two exam windows). Re-examination fee is $325. A candidate would need to complete a reexamination application, and a similar scheduling process would be required.