Application Process and Fees


Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Réadaptation Psychosociale (RPS) Canada (PSR/RPS Canada)is a leader in transforming the mental health sector to be an inclusive society where people achieve full social inclusion.





Certified Psychosocial Rehabilitation Recovery Practitioner (CPRRP)

Application Process


Program Components and Process Schedule to obtain of CPRRP credential.

All applicants must be members of PSR RPS Canada either through an individual membership or as part of a organizational membership


Application to be made on-line through the PSR/RPS Canada website. 

Within 6 months of acceptance into the CPRRP Program

Recovery in Action Paper

Submit a Recovery in Action Paper to PSR/RPS Canada for approval, that reflects proficiency in the practice of recovery-oriented PSR through application of the 2013 PSR/RPS Canada Competencies of Practice for Canadian Recovery-Oriented PSR Practitioners and reference to the Guidelines for Recovery-oriented Practice (MHCC, 2015).

CLICK here for a quick guide to the MHCC Guidelines

CLICK here for a quick guide to the PSR Canada Competencies

We assume the perspective that Recovery-oriented PSR approaches are essential tools for recovery and that you are an expert in the area. Please demonstrate your expertise via your paper outlining a real or imaginary scenario. Your paper is intended to show your knowledge, skills and behaviors and your competence in applying these components to your chosen scenario. Reference to, and critique of, up to date evidence based recovery-oriented PSR practices in a setting of your choice such as; a mental health practice setting, a policy setting, a management context, in education, or in a research setting for example is expected.

Please see PSR/ PRS Canada website for the current competency document for Canadian practitioners (2013) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada website for the Recovery Guidelines (2015)


The Recovery in Action paper/scenario should draw on applicant’s experience - be it related to direct service, leadership, management, advocacy, or other roles, within a recovery-oriented PSR context. The focus topic of the paper is flexible, and may include such elements as a practice success, past or current dilemma(s), plans for future projects, or policy, procedure, and research development/implementation. Applicants will submit via the PSR/RPS Canada registry website, a paper that meets the following requirement in order to be considered for successful registration completion:


Length: 1250 – 1500 word paper (excluding references), double-spaced including-


o   Introduction

o   Topic Statement

o   Discussion

o   Conclusion linked into the topic statement

o   Use of at least 8 up-to-date high quality, original evidence based references to support your discussion.

Body of the paper:

  • Includes well-articulated practical application and reflection of Units B, C, D

E, and applicant choice of either A or F (5 Units) as they relate to your chosen    scenario

  • Effective discussion will showcase application of relevant Performance Indicators from across the various Competencies associated with the 5 specified Units
  • Competencies and Performance Indicators addressed will be identified clearly (cited as B.1.2 for instance - please example below)


Example of an outline of a Recovery In Action Paper

Situational Background: The high numbers of persons who are unemployed and who also attend a recovery-oriented PSR program is of concern the manager of the mental health organization. The manager would like to see this situation improve and focuses on units B, C, D, E and F in describing this scenario for their Recovery in Action paper.  

Title: Helping people to get jobs

The author/applicant begins by identifying the current situation and engages in Continuing Quality Improvement (Unit  C. Competency 5 ) by stating they will formally evaluate current services (Unit C, competency 5. Indicator 4 = C.5.1) . The author begins their inquiry to identify how many people are currently employed among program participants and learn that 15% of people in the program are employed part-time. The author reflects on this number and considers how this number relates to employment rates in general for people in their region  (* adding references and  discussing rates of employment in similar areas of the country for people in a similar age, plus comparing/contrasting the numbers of people employed in evidence based supported employment programs - including enhanced programs such as Cognitive Remediation and Independent Placement and Support for example- , would demonstrate the essential  Professional Skill of being aware of, and applying current evidence B.2. The applicant might critique current best and promising practices (C.3) citing current evidence including various approaches to Supported Employment (C.3.2) and/or Supported Education (C.3.3.) – adding references 2*). The applicant could indicate they might further discuss this information with supported employment experts in the area. They could use this evidence based information to set possible outcome targets that could subsequently be measured as a new employment initiative begins and at completion of the initiative. For example they might identify that 30% of participants will be employed in one year. The applicant may show that they  demonstrate commitment to Competent Practice (B.2) by assessing individuals’preferences related to their own work and education aspirations. The applicant may collaboratively develop potential programming that may be of benefit to individuals receiving services and their loved ones (B.2.3) as a way to help individuals reach their personal goals.  

In order to embody the psychosocial rehab and recovery principles and values that guide practice (D.1), the manager might discuss holding a staff in-services to review the literature related to employment and the central role of hope in recovery (D.1.2) (adding additional references * 3 ) and help staff identify that the person-centred pursuit of meaningful activity through employment and/or education could reinforce this hope.

 Once staff have the necessary knowledge the applicant may engage them to assess individual needs, create PSR and recovery-oriented service plans, and measure outcomes (D.4) using standardized and non-standardized assessment tools (D.4.8) as identified by the team.

During these last two steps the applicant may demonstrate strong relational skills (Unit  E) through the promotion of honest communication – noting that some staff may not be convinced of the employment strategy and the applicant may create space for the team to work through these issues ( E.1.1). The applicant may describe how they could involve family members and perhaps peers who are currently employed in the development/delivery of this new initiative – this discussion would demonstrate competence in developing positive relationships with stakeholders (*Ref 4).

Finally, the applicant may describe how they demonstrate competence in Unit F, in particular, performance Indicator F.1.3 by actively supporting and encouraging people with lived experience to use, enhance or create opportunities to become employed in jobs that reflect their values and aspirations and promote a sense of self-reliance (F.1.3) Ref 5*.

The applicant may consider evaluating the service over time and ensuring the program responds to current needs (C.5) and adjusting target goals accordingly. They may also chose to demonstrate competence (F.3.2)  by describing how they would celebrate the successes of the program – for example, by designing an opportunity to hear from program participants at a celebratory lunch that includes local business people and potential new stakeholders from the community. The applicant might comment that this event may be an effective way to challenge stigma and help the community minimize social exclusion (F.3) and build future partnerships.



Receiving your CPRRP credential

Once all components have been successfully completed, the Certification Committee will recommend to the PSR/RPS Canada Board of Directors to confer the designation.

Successful CPRRP candidates will receive a letter, certificate and pin confirming the CPRRP designation. A letter may also be sent to their supervisor/director acknowledging successful completion of the CPRRP Program. A candidate may then start using the CPRRP designation.

The final step in the CPRRP candidate’s journey toward certification is the Convocation ceremony when recognition is given publically to an assembly of colleagues. The convocation is held in conjunction with the opening ceremonies of a PSR/RPS Canada Conference. Detailed instructions for those participating in the convocation will be available in May of each year. In order to convocate at the conference, candidates must complete all components of the CPRRP Program no later than March 1st of the same year.

There is no requirement to attend the convocation. Candidates are responsible for their travel, accommodation and conference registration expenses. For those attending convocation, a photo session is scheduled prior to the convocation ceremonies and new CPRRPs are greeted and recognized by the PSR/RPS Canada Board Chair.

Maintenance of Certification (MoC)

Each practitioner is required to complete 35 credits within three years.  The MoC fee is $175 for the entire three year period.  This fee is payable at the beginning of the three year period. 

Lapsed Certification

A member of PSR RPS Canada who has allowed their CPRRP certification to lapse may within one year of expiry pay a fee of $75 to reactivate their certification if all required MoCs have been completed.  At the same time the fee of $175 for the three year certification must also be paid.  A certification which has lapsed for more than a year must begin the certification process from the initial step and pay the application fee.

Retired Classification

To be determined.



PSR/RPS Canada members who currently hold specific credentials shall be able to obtain their CPRRP designation through a process which recognizes their accomplishments.   This currently includes the Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.  The process for obtaining the CPRRP with this designation is itemized in CPRRP Criteria information.  Regular fees apply.

Time Limitation/Extension

There is a two year limitation window to complete the certification.  Candidates may complete their program at any point within the two-year window. However, if an extension is granted beyond the two-year window, an administration fee will apply (see Application Fees section). Only one extension may be granted to a maximum of 12 months. If a candidate does not complete the program within the extension deadline, they will be required to re-apply at a later date.


Application Fees

Application fee:       $250 + applicable taxes

If your application is rejected, a refund will be issued, less $75 (plus applicable taxes) administration fee. Once you have started the program, no refund will be issued should you decide to withdraw. Should you be required to repeat any component of the program, an administration fee of $75 (plus applicable taxes) will be levied to cover the cost of your re-evaluation.   If you require more than the allowance of two years, there is an administrative charge of $75 plus taxes for the extension. Note: prices are subject to change without notice.