If you meet the above requirements, you are eligible to take an online certification exam, which costs $100 plus registration fees. The exam is 100 questions and has a time limit of 75 minutes. In order to be certified, test takers must score 80 or higher on the exam. Accommodations are available upon request. We recommend reviewing the fidelity scale and the IPS manual as study materials.
The IPS certification lasts three years. Certificants can be re-certified if they pay a $30 recertification fee and earn 30 continuing education units (CEUs) by attending training in the following areas: vocational rehabilitation, medical and psychosocial aspects of disabilities, ethics, cultural awareness, IPS supported education and employment, benefits planning, job development, substance abuse disorders, financial literacy, shared-decision making, motivational interviewing, problem-solving therapy, techniques for working in teams and with other disciplines, and working with families.
CEUs must be completed, and payment must be submitted, prior to the date that the certification expires. Certificants are responsible for saving documentation of the training hours they complete. Fifteen percent of applications for re-certification will be audited each year and in those cases, certificates of training attendance must be provided.